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When you apply for a job, you often have to go for an interview. What is the best way to get the job? Read the advice below and be prepared to discuss it. Pay attention to the words in italics.

Everybody is nervous at interviews so don’t worry about it. If it becomes a real problem, then go for a walk just before the interview and watch other people living their daily life-try to realise that if you fall the interview is not the end of the world. There are other more important things in life.

It is obvious that you are expected to arrive on time, but a surprising number of people still manage to arrive late and this clearly makes a very bad impression, however good the excuse is. If you do arrive early, you can always spend time looking around the premises. Decide if you would like to work there.

Even in this day and age it is still worth taking some trouble with your appearance, especially if you are going to an interview at a big multinational company or bank or insurance company. Put on your best clothes and make sure they are ironed. It is probably not a good idea to smoke during the interview -smoking has had such a bad press recently that is not worth taking the risk.

Be polite but do not say necessarily accept everything they say - be prepared to challenge some of their ideas. Employers are always happy to have people who have clear ideas and express their opinions with some force.

Do find out as much as you can about the company or institution before you go. Find out exactly what they do and find out as much as you can about the job you are applying for. If you can’t find out certain things then make a note and ask them at the interview. Employers are always impressed when they find someone who has done their homework and someone with an enquiring mind - but plan your questions before you go. It is even worth writing them down on a piece of paper and looking at them again just before you go in. Finally find out the name of the person who is going to interview you.

Try to predict what questions they might ask you. It’s much easier to shine at an interview if you can answer questions quickly and efficiently.

Above all, show confidence. Tell them you are sure you can do the job and would enjoy the challenge and stimulation of working there.

From English for Business

Reading comprehension

I. Paraphrase the following sentences using the words and expressions from the previous text.

1. You should always (arrive on time) at the interview.

2. Don’t be (worried) at the interview; surely you can cope with stress.

3. (People who give you work) want to hire those having good and bright ideas.

4. Big multinational companies pay attention to (the way you look).

5. Don’t be afraid to (give your own point of view) on some facts.

6. Showing confidence will help you to (get a good attitude) of the interviewer.

7. If you don’t follow this advice, you will (not win the interview).

II. Discuss the following statements with your group mates. Which of the statements in each pair do you think gives the best advice?

Statement 1.

a. You should always wear your best clothes when you go for an interview.

b. Employers nowadays don’t mind what you wear as long as you don’t look a punk.

Statement 2.

a. You should never smoke during an interview.

b. It’s all right to smoke provided that you ask permission first.

Statement 3.

a. There is nothing you can do to stop being nervous-it’s quite normal.

b. If you appear nervous in front of the interviewers, they are more likely to give the job to someone else.

Statement 4.

a. It’s a good idea to agree with an interviewer.

b. If you disagree with the interviewer. She/he will be impressed that you have got your own ideas.

Statement 5.

a. You should find out as much about the job as possible before you go.

b. You will be told about the job when you go for an interview.

Active Vocabulary

I. There are many proverbs to do with work. Match a line from column A with a line from column B to form an English proverb.

A. a. A bad workman… b. If a job is worth doing… c. Make hay…. d. Many hands…. e. Too many cooks…. f. Early to bed and early to rise…. g. Never put off till tomorrow…. h. The devil makes work…. i. All work and no play…. j. The early bird…………. B. 1. while the sun shines 2. make light work 3. what you can do today 4. for idle hands 5. makes you healthy, wealthy and wise 6. blames his tools 7. it’s worth doing well 8. catches the worm 9. spoil the broth 10. makes Jack a dull boy.  

II. What do the proverbs mean? Do you agree with them? Do you have any similar expressions in your language?

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