Sarah goes for an interview with Marcia and Philip.


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Task 1

Comprehension task

Read the statements and decide if they are true or false.


Task 2

Business Notes

In the interview Sarah is asked some difficult questions, but these are quite typical, standard interview questions. Here are a few more:

Why do you want to work for us?

Give us an example of a time when you did not meet your goals or objectives?

Give us an example of a situation where you faced conflict or difficult communication problems and how did you deal with it?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

What would your current manager say are your strengths?

What do you think are your weaknesses?

Why should we give you the job?

Do you prefer working in a team or on your own?

What is the first thing you would change, if you were to start working here?

Vocabulary: Describing jobs

Fill in the gaps in the sentences with the adjectives in the box.






Hello tcz8,

Yes, Sarah certainly sounds like a native speaker to me!  I can't really say why you find her easier to understand, however.  It may be that her accent is more familiar to you, or that the speed or manner of her delivery suits you for some reason.  I'm afraid only you can answer that!

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

Hi everybody
In my opinion this video shows a real interview situation, in fact I think that we could take a couple of terms to use in our next chances.

On the other hand I guess that Sarah is going to get the job because she showed her best face and she looked very confident.

Have a great day!


I wish to make an inquiry into something. Would speaking at a slow pace like Sarah does in the video not bore the interviewers in a job interview ?

Best of luck,

Hello Sandy,

You are, of course, correct that it is not good to speak too slowly.  However, I don't find Sarah's speech too slow in this video.  It seems quite natural to me and not irritating at all.

The important thing is to be clear and to speak at a speed which is comfortable and natural for you.  That may be quicker than Sarah's speed, of course, and that would be fine.

Best wishes,



The LearnEnglish Team

I support you! Thanks!

This video very useful for me. From this video i can get tips and know how to answer a question from Panel. Learning english and at the same time equip me with new knowledge. I am feel so pleasure.

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This video is very useful to me, thanks a lot! There is a question I would like to receive your answer,  why Philip Hart used the word "post" instead of "job", and could you please tell me in what case we use "post"? it's quite rare to me.Thank you again!

Hello lovely_star782000,
I'm glad you like the video, and thank you for saying so!
The word 'post' is very similar to 'position' in this context, but both of these words are interchangeable with 'job' when we are talking about employment:
I'm applying for the post of...
I'm applying for the position of...
I'm applying for the job of...
When we use the verb 'hold' we say 'position' rather than anything else:
I currently hold the position of Sales Manager for a large company.
'Job' can also describe things we must do that are not connected with employment:
I'm decorating the house at the moment.  It's a big job!
I hope that clarifies it for you.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team