In this extended job interviewing listening selection you'll hear the first few moments of a job interview. Before you listen, there are a few things you should note about standard job interview behavior, forms used, etc.
Job Interviews: Breaking the Ice
You'll notice a few questions in the beginning of the interview that concerns how the job applicant arrived and the weather. This is commonly referred to as 'breaking the ice'. 'Breaking the ice' is an important way to begin the job interview, but it shouldn't take too long. Generally, job interviewers will break the ice to help you feel comfortable. Make sure to give positive, but not too detailed answers to these 'ice breakers'.
Job Interview Tips: Breaking the Ice
- Give short, positive answers to questions.
- Don't go into too much detail.
- Expect questions about the weather or how you arrived to the job interview.
- It's a good idea to make a pleasant comment yourself to break the ice. Keep it short, positive and simple.
Job Interviews: Referrals
Sometimes, you may have found about a job opportunity through a referral. If this is the case, make sure to use the referral to your best advantage by mentioning it at the beginning of the interview.
Job Interview Tips: Referrals
- Mention the name of the referral at the beginning of the interview. Ideally, this should be done when asked about how you found the job opening.
- Provide the name of the referral, Don't go into too much detail about the relationship, unless asked.
- Give the name of the referral only once. Don't continue to repeat the name during the interview.
- Don't assume the job interviewer knows the person you are mentioning.
Job Interviews: Language
Relating your job experience and how it relates to the specific job for which you are applying are the two most important tasks during any job interview. Make sure to use lots of descriptive verbs and adjectives to describe your responsibilities. For example, instead of the following job description:
I talked to customers about their problems.
A more descriptive phrase with better vocabulary might be:
I counseled customers documenting their concerns, and coordinating our response to their individual needs.
Remember to use the correct tenses when speaking about your experience. Here's a quick review on which verbs are appropriate for specific situations. In the listening selection, you will hear the present perfect, present perfect continuous and present simple used because the person is speaking about his current projects.
Job Interview Tips: Language
- Take some time to prepare descriptive sentences concerning your responsibilities.
- Use a dictionary, or this handy job interview vocabulary page to improve your vocabulary selection.
- Make sure to connect your past experience to the position by using lots of present perfect.
- Quickly review appropriate job interviewing tenses for describing experiences on this page.
Now that you've reviewed some basic interviewing technique, open this link in a new window and listen a few times to the job interview listening selection. If you have difficulties understanding, go to the next page to see a transcription of the job interview.