1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.
2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.
This week in Real Life we are talking about jobs! One of the most important steps toward getting a job is to have a successful job interview. This is your chance to impress a future employer; to make it clear that you are the best person for the job!
Before Nedra joined our team she met with Miguel, who asked her many questions about her work experience, and about who she is as a person. Listen in to the first part of their conversation below!
(The second part will follow next week.)
1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.
2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.
Miguel: Hi. I’m Miguel.
Nedra: Hey Miguel. How are you doing today?
Miguel: I’m not bad. How are you?
Nedra: Oh pretty good.
Miguel: Well let’s uh, sit down and get down to business.
Miguel: Um, so, first thing I want to talk about is why you’re interested in a job at English, baby!.
Nedra: Well, I looked at your Web site and was just really impressed with what I saw. Um, English, baby! seems like a really cool company, and it would be really exciting to work for you.
Miguel: Well thanks, I appreciate the compliment. We definitely spend a lot of time to make the Web site look good, but what we need help with is um, the backend stuff, and it sounds like that’s something you have experience with.
Nedra: Yeah. I’ve had over, about two years experience… uh, different Web technologies.
Miguel: So can you tell me a little bit more about that? Where have, where did you work in the past?
Nedra: Um, I’ve been employed with Freightliner and Intel, some of the bigger companies in Portland… and had a chance to work mainly in Microsoft technologies, working with like, backend languages like ASP and, uh, SQL Server but, um, I feel like I can take those languages and reapply them in different ways and in different technologies.
Miguel: Okay that’s good to know. We’re, we’re actually using some of the um, free stuff such as PHP and MySQL. So, even if you don’t have direct experience with those, um, I feel like your background would suffice, um, as far as learning them and getting up to speed with them quickly. Um, can you tell me a little bit about yourself, how old are you, where do you come from… that kind of thing?
Nedra: Yeah, I’m twenty-five years old and I was originally born in Idaho, and came out to Portland to go to college and I graduated at Lewis and Clark back in, uh, ‘98, and since then I’ve been uh, just, uh, working here in Portland and enjoying all the cool things there are to do here.
Miguel speaks to Nedra casually. This helps Nedra feel at ease, and she is able to relax and speak freely with Miguel. The tone that is set at a job interview often clues you in to what the corporate culture of a company is.
Not all job interviews are this laid back. It is important to carefully research the company you are interviewing, so that you will be prepared to meet with and respond to your future employer in the proper way.
Do you have a story to tell about a job interview you have been to? Come to the Life Goes On Message Board to share it with us all!
Have a great week!