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002 – Job Interview | ESL Podcast

Business English learning about a job interview

Andrews monologue about a job interview.

Andrew
Yesterday afternoon I went for that job interview.
  It was the worst experience in my life.
  For some reason I put on my resume that I could speak Japanese, which is a total lie.
  The job had nothing to do with Japanese so I guess I thought I would just put it down to make myself look more well-rounded.
  I never thought that they would actually test me on it.
  It turns out that the guy interviewing me had lived in Tokyo for 8 years.
  His Japanese was great.
  The first thing he said to me was something in Japanese, which I obviously didn’t understand.
  I felt so nauseous.
  I had absolutely no idea what to do so I just replied in English, “hey, your Japanese is pretty good”.
  He said “thanks, but what about you? It says here on your resume that you speak it.”
  I said, “what can I say” he shook his head and said “get the hell out of here!”

Key vocabulary and phrases that are discussed in the podcast:

"For some reason"

if you don’t know why you did something, that was usually a mistake, you can say "for some reason"

Example: I was holding my money in my left hand and the garbage in my right. For some reason I threw my money in the garbage instead of the garbage bag.

"I put on my resume that I could speak Japanese, which is a total lie."

By saying it was a total lie, you are saying that it is completely untrue. In this case you don’t speak any Japanese at all. If it was a little lie we often say that you embellished a little or you stretched the truth. Most people embellish a little on their resume. They stretch the truth to make themselves sound better.

"The first thing he said to me was something in Japanese, which I obviously didn’t understand"

Why does he say obviously?

Because the speaker already said that he didn’t understand any Japanese so it is very clear that he didn’t understand Japanese. It kind of gives the listener some respect because the speaker knows that the listener is smart enough to already know that.

The idea is that it should be clear or obvious to the listener.

One person could say, “I found a wallet with 1000 dollars in it so I obviously kept it”.

Another person could say “I found a wallet with 1000 dollars in it so I obviously tried to find the owner to give it back”

These are obviously different kinds of people.

"Well rounded"

Well rounded is a term to describe someone who is good at many things. Most employers want to see that you have more than one skill and lead a balanced life. You don’t just do only one thing. So if you are good in school, play sports, and do other hobbies you are well rounded. If you just study you aren’t very well rounded.

"Nauseous"

The feeling you get when you are almost going to throw up. Sick stomach.

“What can I say?”

It’s a question to use when you really have nothing to say. It’s a rhetorical question meaning that the other person doesn’t need to answer you. It’s almost like saying. “There is nothing for me to say”.


43 Responses to “002 – Job Interview | ESL Podcast”

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    what does the word resume mean?

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  22. Maximo Says:

    I am looking for someone who would want to keep an English conversation by Skype. I live in Spain. Another possility could be to speak in Spanish 30 minutes with an English speaker because he is learning Spanish and another 30 minutes in English.

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    thanks ..Andrew and Addison,

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  32. Paul Says:

    Hey guys, where is the word: typo? In sentence: That must have been a typo.

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