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A Job Interview

Jason is in his second year of university studying computer science. Recently, he has been

looking for a summer job. He has an interview with the managing director of a science and

technology company…

Mr Redden: Good morning! You must be Jason Miles? I’m Mr Redden and I’m the

managing director of this company. Please, take a seat…

Jason: Yes, good morning. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr Redden.

Mr Redden: So, tell me about yourself, Jason…

Jason: Well, I’m currently in my second year studying computer science at the University of

Plymouth. I recently completed a 6-week placement at a local college as an assistant in the IT

department where I developed my IT skills, my communication skills, and my ability to

diagnose complex problems. I’m very keen to develop these skills further which is why I

applied for this role.

Mr Redden: OK, great. And what attracted you to our company?

Jason: Well, firstly, your company is the market leader and you have been very successful in

recent years. Also, my personal and professional values align well with those of your

company. I think that innovation, creativity, and respect are all key ingredients of success.

Mr Redden: OK. And what are your strengths and weaknesses?

Jason: Well, I’m very hardworking, ambitious and I always look for an opportunity to do

better and grow. I also work well as part of team. My weakness… well, sometimes, I tend to

focus too much on the details…

Mr Redden: OK. And what makes you unique?

Jason: Well, I really enjoy learning new things and I’m constantly seeking out new learning

opportunities. My previous experience has provided me with specialist technical skills that I

can apply to this role.

Mr Redden: OK, thank you Jason. Now, I have a problem I would like you to solve on my

computer. Can you talk me through it?

Jason: OK… Let me see…

Cups of Coffee
A Job Interview


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Example sentence
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To practice or repeat something from beginning to end.

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To fail to do something on time or fast enough.

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To quit before you have finished something.

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To succeed easily in doing something.

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To continue being informed about something.

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