Job Interview​

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Job Interview

  • What kind of jobs have you had (part-time and full-time)?
  • Are there many good job vacancies for you in your country?
  • What is your dream job?
  • What jobs do you do at home?
  • Are there jobs that are only for women or only for men?
  • How many jobs do you think you’ll have in your life?
  • Are there any jobs you would refuse to do, regardless of the pay?
  • Is being a rock star or sports star a job?
  • What do you think the job of being an English teacher is like?

Useful Expressions

1. You just graduated from MIT? What is your degree in?

2. Thank you for reading my book.
Will you publish it?

3. What would be expected of me?

4. Welcome to the interview for Movie Lighting.

5. Do you have experience in the field of forensic science?

Listening & Speaking

Model Dialog
Listen as the teacher reads the model dialog.
(Scenario –John is in the office of a major animation studio for a job interview.)

Interviewer: Hello, let me see your resume.
John: Certainly, here you are, sir.
Interviewer: You don’t need to call me sir. This is your first interview since graduating?
John: Yes.
Interviewer: What is your degree in?
John: My degree is in computer graphics. I graduated cum laude.
Interviewer: Great. Here at ACE Studios we are looking for a candidate that can create original animated characters. Do you have experience in this field?
John: Yes, I have a great deal of experience creating characters.
I have a DVD of my work. Would you like a copy?
Interviewer: Yes, I would. When can you start?
John: As soon as you need me. What are the hours?
Interviewer: The position is very independent and you can create your own hours. Any other questions?
John: One more. When you hire me, what would be expected of me?
Interviewer: There is one strict rule. Meet the deadline on time. No excuses. We will contact you shortly for details.
John: Thank you, I look forward to being contacted.

Guided Speaking

Complete the dialog, and practice it, changing roles with a partner.
(Scenario – Steve walks into a restaurant in Hollywood and has an interview with the manager.)

Do you have experience - When can you start - Let me see your resume - Right away. What are your hours -What would be expected of me

Manager: (1) ________ ___________?
Steve: Yes, it’s all here on my resume.
Manager: (2)        . It looks great. (3)               ?
Steve: (4)                         ?
Manager: Mostly the dinner shift, but sometimes you will be asked to work lunch.
Steve: What is the average pay for a shift?
Manager: A lot of Hollywood producers, directors, actors, and crew members eat here, so for dinner around $300 and for lunch about $150.
Steve: (5)            ?
Manager: Show up on time, do your job, and don’t give out your acting resume.


Bar Graphs
Read the bar graph, and see what change in employment has occurred during the past decade.

Job interview

Look at the graph above, and complete these sentences to describe the graph.

a. The five occupations mentioned above are those with the greatest employment growth in the
period from       to       .
b.                     were projected to employ at least 500 thousand
more workers during the decade.
c. The occupation with employment growth below 400 thousand is            .

Focus on Usage (phrasal quantifiers)

Focus on Usage (phrasal quantifiers)

• I have a great deal of experience creating characters.
• I have collected a lot of fashion magazines.
Only a limited number of jobs are advertised in local newspapers these days.
• The hall contained a (great) number of students.

Reading and Discussions

Read the following passage, and answer the questions.

People Who Make Movies

Movies are made by recording real images with cameras, or by creating images using various film techniques. The names of all the people who have worked on a movie are listed at the beginning and end of every movie. They are called the credits. The names of the actors, or cast, are shown at the beginning of a movie. Then the names of the script writer and the director are usually next.
The director is in charge of the movie and is responsible for its artistic and dramatic aspects. The opening credits usually end with the names of the producers.
The film producer is involved throughout the whole production of the movie. At the end of the movie, the names of the cast and crew are listed. These include the cinematographer and usually a number of other assistant directors who help to organize the “shoot” – the actual filming. The
cinematographer handles the camera and controls decisions related to the images. Other key crew members are the gaffer – the person in charge of the lighting – and the sound mixer, who is responsible for sound on the set.
One of the most important people is the film editor. Most movies are shot in very small scenes, and they are usually not shot in the correct order.
The editor puts together all the different shots in sequence to form the entire movie. Also, the hair, make-up, and costume people all help to make a movie complete.

script: the written text of a screenplay
in charge: in control
aspect: a side; a facet; a part
involved: engaged as a participant
cinematographer: a specialist in motion -picture photography
sequence: order of succession
costume: an outfit characteristic of a certain place, time and occasion

1. According to the reading passage, who are involved in making a movie?

actor, script, gaffer, film editor, costume

Your answer may begin like:
They are actors, script writers, ....

2. Why do you think some people want to work in the movie industry?

culture, movie star, artistic, dramatic, business

Your answer may begin like:
There could be many reasons for that. First, movies are an important part of today’s culture. Second, ....

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