UNIT ON FINDING A JOB – Practice Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing, Targeted Grammar, Targeted Vocabulary

Why learning about job interviews?

Generally, you must have a job interview before you can get a job in this country.


Check Out the Company:How much do you know about the company that just contacted you to schedule an interview? It should be plenty, and all the information you need is available online. Here are tips on how to research a company, get the inside scoop on the company culture, and use connections who can help you get an interview advantage.                                           

Practice Interviewing: Taking the time to review typical interview questions you will probably be asked during a job interview will help give you a framework for your responses and will help calm your frazzled nerves, because you won’t be scrambling for an answer while you’re in the interview hot seat. Practice interviewing with a friend or family member ahead of time and it will be much easier when you’re actually in a job interview.

Take the Time to Say Thank You: Taking the time to say thank you after a job interview not only is good interview etiquette, it reinforces your interest in the position and you remind them of you. Use your thank-you message or letter, as well, to address any issues and concerns that came up during the interview. It can be a simple email, but it can make the difference.


Interview questions about you:

Tell me about yourself.   (How would you describe yourself?) . . . What is your greatest strength?. . .  What is your greatest weakness?. . . Describe a typical work week.. . . Do you work well with other people? . . .How do you handle stress and pressure? . . . What are you passionate about? . . . What are your hobbies? . . . What is your dream job? . . . What makes you angry? . . . When was the last time you were angry? What happened? . . . Do you prefer to work independently or in a team?  . . . Give me an example of a time you worked well in a team (teamwork question). . . . Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.  . . . Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.

Interview questions about your qualifications (skills, experience for the job):

Tell me about your experience . . .  Why are you interested in this job?  Why do you want this job?  . . .  Why do you want to work here? Why should we hire you? How much are you expecting to make? What languages can you speak?

Interview questions about your work history:

What major challenges (issues, problems) did you face in your last job and how did you handle them? . . . What was your biggest accomplishment/achievement (or failure) in your last position (or in your life)? something that made you feel proud  . . . What problems have you encountered at work? . . . Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager? . . . Describe your ideal boss.  . . . Why are you leaving your job? . . . Why do you want to change jobs? . . . Why did you leave your last job? . . . What have you been doing since your last job?

Interview questions about your future:

What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you? . . . Where do you see yourself  5 (or 10) years  from now? (career goals?) . . . Where else are you interviewing?

Interview questions about the job and the company:

What do you know about our company so far?    Do you have any questions for me? What questions do you have for me? —(The applicant’s chance to ask questions.) —> —> Why is this position open? What are the biggest challenges or obstacles the person in this position will face? Schedule? Pay? Benefits? (health insurance, vacation, retirement, etc) Is there a chance (an opportunity) for promotion? Are there any training opportunities to help improve an employee’s skills? Who does the training? When do you expect to make a hiring decision?


Interview Questions and Answers

Job Interview Questions and Sample Answers




TIME Magazine

The Hardest Job Interview Question—And How to Answer It
Lily Zhang / The Muse — Oct. 21, 2014



Most professionals apply to jobs by sending a resume and a cover letter.  Here’s a sample resume:

Sample Resume


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