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In the seventh video in the series Marcia and Philip discuss and compare the two interviewees before making the decision about who to give the job to. In doing this they use a number of adjectives to describe the characters of Daniel and Sarah, such as convincing and arrogant. Adjectives can often have a positive or negative connotation – here are a few more adjectives that could be used to describe someone in an interview situation:
Positive: Convincing; Self-assured; Confident; Well-prepared; Sincere; Ambitious
Negative: Unconvincing; Arrogant; Overconfident; Unprepared; Insincere; Over-ambitious
Philip Hart: So...what did you think?
Marcia Boardman: Well... between Sarah Timms and Daniel Watson – I think the choice is pretty obvious!
Philip Hart: Yes – so do I. Watson looked so good on paper...
Marcia Boardman: He seemed very good when I first spoke to him too..
Philip Hart: First impressions often lie!
Marcia Boardman: Indeed...I think a lot of his CV was – how shall we say? “Counterfactual”
Philip Hart: Yes – it just wasn’t true! You should never lie on your CV...
Marcia Boardman: He had very good references, though – very strange.
Philip Hart: I guess some people just like that sort of style, but he wouldn’t fit in with us...I mean, it’s important to be confident – but he was overconfident.
Marcia Boardman: I couldn’t agree more. His body language was all wrong...he came across as arrogant.
Philip Hart: Then he gave very vague answers – no specific details of what exactly he’d done in his job...
Marcia Boardman: Whereas Sarah Timms...
Philip Hart: ...knew exactly what she was talking about.
Marcia Boardman: Yes, she was very convincing, self-assured, but not arrogant.
Philip Hart: She’d clearly done some research on the company, and knew what she was talking about.
Marcia Boardman: I thought her presentation was excellent.
Philip Hart: Yes, it was, but I am a little worried about how much experience she has...
Marcia Boardman: Yes, true, but she seems very ready to take on the challenges the role would offer her.
Philip Hart: So? Who do we give the job to?
Marcia Boardman: Sarah!
Philip Hart: Yes, I agree entirely!
Marcia Boardman: Great! I’ll phone her straight away offering the post...and I’ll write a rejection to Mr. Watson!
Philip Hart: OK.