After firing the sales director, Phillip and Marcia discuss job applications and the interview format.

Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Decide if the statements are true or false.

Task 2

Business notes

When applying for a job in the UK it is usual to have to submit a Curriculum Vitae or CV (also known as a résumé in the USA).

A CV is a personal history of one’s education, professional history and job qualifications with a strong emphasis on specific skills relating to the position being applied for.

When shortlisting for suitable interview candidates employers will usually make this decision based on the CV and possibly a cover letter.

A cover letter, or covering letter, is a letter of introduction attached to or accompanying another document such as a curriculum vitae. Cover letters are generally one page at most in length, divided into a header, introduction, body, and closing.

Header: Cover letters use standard business letter style, with the sender's address and other information, the recipient's contact information, and the date sent after either the sender's or the recipient's address. The final part of the header is a salutation (e.g., "Dear Hiring Managers").

Introduction: The introduction briefly states the specific position desired, and is designed to catch the employer's immediate interest.

Body: The body highlights or amplifies on material in the résumé or job application, and explains why the job seeker is interested in the job and would be of value to the employer. Also, matters discussed typically include skills, qualifications, and past experience. If there are any special things to note such as availability date, they may be included as well.

Closing: A closing sums up the letter, and indicates the next step the applicant expects to take. It may indicate that the applicant intends to contact the employer, although many favour the more indirect approach of simply saying that the applicant will look forward to hearing from or speaking with the employer. After the closing is a valediction ("Sincerely"), and then a signature line.


Language level

Intermediate: B1
Upper intermediate: B2


I'm very fond of the preparation task. It's helpful before watching the video, then it's amusing to try to recognize the words while listening to the episode.
But I'm quite dubitative about the empty big black desk. It's rather strange to me that there is'nt one folder on it. There isn't even a laptop ! No laptop, incredible isn't it ? Who are you CEO Phillip Hart ? An adept at "all alone" brainstorming ?

 its goood

its helpful

From this artical i have learned some new words and now i know how to use it. So that  this is a usefull one for me. i hope new articals will be created everyday or very offen. I use this programe like everyday to learn English language. English language is the most important language to use for the comunication of  between foreigners.

Sometimes job applicants don't tell the truth, their actual qualifications and experiences aren't agree with what they say in their CVs. So if we just base on the CVs to select a candidate then usually we will get a wrong one, that is why a new employee will be given a probation period.
If someone go through the interview and get the job, but not performs well later on, Marcia can't be blamed because she has done her job accordingly. Thank you.

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Thank you so much Adam!
I'll do the same

this topic is really useful for Students who are going to graduate from their university.can you show me how I can write an standard applicant form, including all necessary information and can make it different from other candidates to the interviewer.?

It is great.