1) What was your first job? What is the worst job you have ever had?
2) Do humans need to work? If you were rich and didn’t work at all, could you be happy?
3) What questions are inappropriate for an interviewer to ask in an interview?
4) Brainstorm: Take two minutes to make a list of things you should and shouldn’t do before, in, and after an interview. When finished, share your list with the class.
Job Interviewing – Key Vocabulary in Context
Due to the economic downturn, competition for jobs is stiff in many parts of the world. Companies are reducing overheads and employees are being made redundantleft right and center. When the opportunity for an interview arises, it’s vital to perform well. Interviews, however, are still a source of anxiety for many people.
According to workplace experts Joyce Lain Kennedy and Rebecca Corfield, many job seekers make the mistake of blabbing negative information about themselves without realizing it. Hasty answers to questions such as “Why are you out of work?” can highlight your own shortcomings. Kennedy also suggests minimizing criticism of former co-workers and bosses. Rather, she contends it’s better to say you get along with virtually everyone. Demonstrating interest in the position is also crucial. Job seekers can do this by showing they’ve done adequate research before the interview and by being inquisitive in the interview. Experts also recommend avoiding premature talk of remuneration and fringe benefits (unless the interviewer brings it up). It’s best to focus on what you can offer the employer, and not vice versa.
While most companies claim to be equal opportunity employers, inappropriate questions are not uncommon in interviews. Legally, interviewers should only elicit the information required to judge a candidate’s competence. In the US, it is illegal to ask about nationality, religion, age, marital status, military background, health, union membership, and even place of residence. Of course, calling an interviewer out for asking a discriminatory question will greatly reduce your prospect of getting hired. The key is to find a tactful way to redirect the question to safer ground.
People go to great lengths to get hired. Many embellish their qualifications and CV. This behavior may be supported by the belief that getting a job is harder than actually carrying it out. (299 words)
1) You and your partner will take turns interviewing. First, decide who will be the first job seeker. Next, choose one of the below jobs to apply for. When you’ve chosen, read your role below.
Project Manager, IBM
Duties: Manage projects on time and on budget. Responsible for risk management, project tracking & contingency planning.
Required: Bachelors degree, experience in project mgmt, and expertise in MS Office. Must have excellent leadership & interpersonal skills.
English Instructor, ABC Learning.
Duties: Conducting group & private classes in businesses
Requirements: university degree in related field, fluency in English, and teaching experience.
Must be: well-organized, energetic, professional, and legally qualified to work. Pay commensurate with experience.
Head Chef, Antonio’s
Duties: delivery of food services
Requirements: Certificate III in Hospitality or similar, and exp. with food prep. and delivery.
Must be: able to work autonomously, well-organized, & knowledgeable about food safety. Pay commensurate with experience.
(note: each student reads his/her role only)
You will be interviewed. This is a role-play so you may pretend to have the appropriate background for the position. Take a minute to prepare. Soon, the interview still start.
Decide how you want to structure the interview and what questions to ask (optional: include an inappropriate question). Also, try to think of a scenario related to the job and ask the interviewee how he/she’d behave in that situation. Take a few minutes to prepare. When ready, begin the interview.
Job Interview Writing Homework (optional)
Write a cover letter for one of the above positions.