Answering interview questions - 02 - English at Work helps.

Narrator: Hello! Welcome back to the offices of Tip Top Trading, where Anna's interview for a sales job continues. When we last said goodbye, Tip Top boss Paul had asked Anna why she wanted the job. First she said:

Anna: Errrmmmmm

Narrator: Since then, she's added:

Anna: Mmmmerrr

Narrator: And as we join her again, Anna is saying:

Anna: Well, errrrI'm errr.

Narrator: Come on Anna! If you can't think of the word you need, find another way of saying it.

Anna: I amWell, I really, really want this job and I am willing to work very hard if I get it.

Paul: So you're very motivated, then?

Anna: Motivated! Yes, that's it. I am really motivated.

Paul: Good! Why?

Narrator: Now over to you Anna, structure your answer! Say 'firstly', then give your first reason, 'secondly' and then a second reason. Then say 'above all' and give a really, really good, enthusiastic final reason! Go for it: firstly!

Anna: Firstly!

Paul: Firstly…?

Anna: Firstly, this job is an ideal match for my skills and experience: I've spent several years working in sales and I get on with people easily. Well, I mean, apart from the ones I don't like, of course. Secondly, I know Tip Top Trading is one of the fastest-growing companies in London, and I want to be part of that.

Paul: That's absolutely right, Tip Top Trading is the fastest growing company in the plastic fruit sector. But enough about the company, this is all about you, Annabel.

Anna: Anna.

Paul: Sorry, Anna. Where were we?

Anna: Well, I said that firstly, this job is an ideal match for my skills and experience, secondly, the company is growing fastandandabove allthe reason I want this job is-

Paul: Yes? (knock on the door) Denise! Is everything all right?

Denise: No Paul, it's not. Everything is not OK!

Paul: You look pale. Here, sit down, drink what's left of my tea.

Denise: Oh, thank you! Ohwhat are those bits floating in it?

Paul: Oh they're just lumps of soggy biscuit. In fact, if I can justget that bit outwith my fingerfor youMmm, delicious! Now, tell me what happened.

Denise: Well, it's terrible

Narrator: Oh dear! Just as Anna was doing really well, it looks like her interview has come to a sudden end. What's happened? Join us next time to find out. But before we go, here's a reminder of how Anna structured her response:

Firstly, this job is an ideal match for my skills and experience Secondly, I know Tip Top Trading is one of the fastest-growing companies in London andabove allthe reason I want this job is..

Anna couldn't remember the wordmotivatedso she just found another way of saying what she meant.

I really, really want the job and I am willing to work very hard if I get it.

Nice work, Anna! Let's hope you get the chance to finish your interview next week!

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