So, let me ask you a few questions about your skills. Can you type?
Yes, I can ― on a word processor. I can type about 60 words a minute.
OK. What about languages?
Well, I'm bilingual in French and English.
Oh, that's good. How is your written French?
Er, not very good, really. I can't write business letters for example, but, of course, I can learn ...
Right, have you got any other skills that you want to tell me about? Skills that are userful if you work for a newspaper?
Well, I can drive. I've got an international license. And I think I'm good with people, I can talk to anyone.
OK, good. What about interests? What do you like doing in your spare time?
First of all sports. I like playing tennis.
OK. That's all I want to ask you. Would you like to ask me anything?
Oh, yes. Can I ask about the salary first?
It's about £ 13 000 a year.
Right, thank you. And the hours?
Well, this is a daily newspaper. The offices never close. But the normal hours in the Advertising Department are nine to five.
Monday to Friday?
Yes. But sometimes people work in the evenings and at weekends when there's a problem.
I see. And can I ask you about holidays?
You get four weeks holiday. People usually take one week at Christmas, one week at Easter and two in summer. Is there anything else?
No, I don't think so. Thank you for the interview.
You are welcome. Nice to meey you.
1.20. Read the dialogue between Evelyn Jones, personnel manager of a large company, and Mr. Johnson. Pay attention to four main parts of this interviewer:
a) the beginning of the interviewer;
b) previous experience;
c) reasons for applying;
d) closing the interview.
Mr. Johnson's Interview
Come in, Mr. Johnson. Won't you sit down? I'm Evelyn Jones, personnel manager.
How do you do, Ms. Jones? I'm very glad to meet you.
We've been hearing some very fine things about you, Mr. Johnson. You've been doing some fine work in Wisconsin. I've read your records, and you certainly have had exellent experience. If you don't mind, I'd like to know a little more about why you want to change your position.
Well, there are several reasons. The main one is that there is no chance for advancement where I am. The company I'm working for is quite small, as you know. In the last couple of years the work has become rather dull. I feel that your larger company can offer me a challenge in research. I've read about a lot of exciting new plans you are making.
It's true we're expanding, and we need some new people with new ideas. What are your other reasons?
Your location here, for one. I've been wanting to move to California for a number of years. I'm getting tired of cold weather in the winter.
It's true. California does have a pleasant climate. Lots of people are coming here to enjoy it.
Also there's the matter of money. This position will give me a raise in salary. My children will be getting old enough to go to college soon, and a college education is very expensive these days.
Let's see, you have two children, don't? A boy and a girl?
Very good. Well, if you just follow me, Mr. Johnson, I'll introduce you to the president of the company. And I hope you'll be joining us soon.