Job Interview Tips 7 – You’re Hired | Learn English | British Council

Practice exercise:

Philip Hart and Marcia Boardman discuss which candidate to appoint.

Philip Hart: So…what did you think?

Marcia Boardman: Well… between Sarah Timms and Daniel Watson — I think the choice is pretty obvious!

Philip Hart: Yes — so do I. Watson looked so good on paper…

Marcia Boardman: He seemed very good when I first spoke to him too..

Philip Hart: First impressions often lie!

Marcia Boardman: Indeed…I think a lot of his CV was — how shall we say? “Counterfactual”

Philip Hart: Yes — it just wasn’t true! You should never lie on your CV…

Marcia Boardman: He had very good references, though — very strange.

Philip Hart: I guess some people just like that sort of style, but he wouldn’t fit in with us…I mean, it’s important to be confident — but he was overconfident.

Marcia Boardman: I couldn’t agree more. His body language was all wrong…he came across as arrogant.

Philip Hart: Then he gave very vague answers — no specific details of what exactly he’d done in his job…

Marcia Boardman: Whereas Sarah Timms…

Philip Hart: …knew exactly what she was talking about.

Marcia Boardman: Yes, she was very convincing, self-assured, but not arrogant.

Philip Hart: She’d clearly done some research on the company, and knew what she was talking about.

Marcia Boardman: I thought her presentation was excellent.

Philip Hart: Yes, it was, but I am a little worried about how much experience she has…

Marcia Boardman: Yes, true, but she seems very ready to take on the challenges the role would offer her.

Philip Hart: So? Who do we give the job to?

Marcia Boardman: Sarah!

Philip Hart: Yes, I agree entirely!

Marcia Boardman: Great! I’ll phone her straight away offering the post…and I’ll write a rejection to Mr. Watson!

Philip Hart: OK.

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