#2. Job Interviews

Published: 10.25.2020
Level 5   |   Time: 2:11
Accent: American
Source: The Intern

Ben takes part in numerous job interviews at an Internet clothing company.


triangle Directions


    It is important to read the vocabulary and background before you watch the video. This will improve your ability to understand the video. It will also help you understand how the new vocabulary is used naturally.

  2. WATCH the VIDEO

    The first time you watch the video, just try to understand the overall situation.


    First try to answer all of the questions from memory. Then rewatch the video and try to answer the questions that you missed.

  4. WATCH and READ the SCRIPT

    Watch the video again while you read the script. Reading and listening at the same time will help you hear each individual word and improve your listening accuracy.


    There are a number of different activities that focus on listening accuracy, pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structure.


    Es importante leer el vocabulario y los antecedentes antes de ver el video. Esto mejorará su capacidad para comprender el video. También le ayudará a comprender cómo se usa el nuevo vocabulario de forma natural.

  2. VER el VIDEO

    La primera vez que vea el video, intente comprender la situación general.


    Primero intente responder todas las preguntas de memoria. Luego, vuelva a ver el video e intente responder las preguntas que se perdió.


    Mire el video nuevamente mientras lee el guión. Leer y escuchar al mismo tiempo lo ayudará a escuchar cada palabra individual y mejorará su precisión auditiva.


    Hay una serie de actividades diferentes que se centran en la precisión auditiva, la pronunciación, el vocabulario, la gramática y la estructura de las oraciones.


    비디오를 보기 전에 어휘와 배경을 읽는 것이 중요합니다. 이렇게 하면 비디오를 이해하는 능력이 향상됩니다. 또한 새로운 어휘가 어떻게 자연스럽게 사용되는지 이해하는데 도움이됩니다.

  2. 비디오 보기

    비디오를 처음 볼 때 전체 상황을 이해하려고 노력하세요.

  3. QUESTIONS에 답하기

    먼저 모든 질문에 답을 해보세요. 그런 다음 비디오를 다시보고 놓친 질문에 답해보세요.

  4. 비디오 보면서 SCRIPT 읽기

    대본을 읽는 동안 비디오를 다시 보세요. 읽기와 듣기를 동시에 하면 각각의 단어를 듣고, 듣기 정확도를 향상시킬 수 있습니다.

  5. 액티비티 하기

    듣기 정확도, 발음, 어휘, 문법 및 문장 구조에 초점을 맞춘 다양한 액티비티가 있습니다.

triangle Vocabulary

  • ☐ ☐ ☐ talent [n] - a person or group of people with skills
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ acquisition [n] - obtain, get, buy (or hire) something (or someone)
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ the right fit [exp] - match well
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a motto [n] - a short sentence that represents the beliefs of a person or company
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ business as usual [exp] - do business in the normal way
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ fit your profile [exp] - match your situation
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Fire away! [exp] - Please begin asking questions.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ Class of 2005 [exp] - graduated from university in 2005
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ in charge [exp] - in control, lead, manage
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ oversee [v] - supervise, watch
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ a V.P. [n] - a vice-president
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ It doesn't work for you [exp] - It is not suitable for you.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ scratch that one [exp] - delete/skip that question
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ move on [phv] - pass, continue
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ It is your call. [exp] - It is your decision.
  • ☐ ☐ ☐ You nailed it. [exp] - You did very well.

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Background

  • Ben is a retired business man.
  • He lives in New York City.
  • He has applied to an Internet clothing company to be an intern.

triangle Questions

  1. What is Ben's family name?

  2. Someone from which department will interview Ben?
    Talent Acquisition
    Human Resources
    Sales and Marketing

  3. How many other senior interns has the company hired?
    She doesn't say.

  4. Where did Ben go to school?
    Washington State
    She doesn't say.

  5. When did Ben graduate?
    He doesn't say.

  6. What was Ben's major?
    He doesn't say.

  7. What type of company did Ben use to work for?
    A clothing company
    A phone company
    A phonebook company

  8. How long did Ben work at that company?
    10 years
    20 years
    40 years

  9. How old in Ben now?

  10. What is the "boy's" name?

  11. What does the "boy" say about Ben?
    He looks old.
    He looks great.
    He is under qualified.
    He is overqualified.
    He made a great video.
    His nails are nice.
    He got the job.

triangle Vocabulary Accuracy

Directions: Choose the expression that best completes the sentence.

  • I was hoping that my company's work atmosphere had changed, but it was just (business as usual) .
    → doing business in the same way as before
  • Ben was (in charge of) overseeing the printing of the physical phonebook.
    → responsible for, the leader of
  • I'm ready. Please (fire away) .
    → begin asking questions
  • Justin wants to know if Ben wants to skip a question, but Ben tells him that it (is his call) .
    → is his decision
  • Because Ben did well in each part of the interview process, Justin tells him that (he nailed it) .
    → he did very well

triangle Summary

Directions: Write sentences about the video clip using the words given. You can change the word form or add words, but you cannot change the word order. Use present tense.

Sentence 1

Ben / ask / take / seat / around / corner / after / arrive / interview

Ben is asked to take a seat around the corner after he arrives for his interview.
Ben is asked to take a seat around the corner after arriving for his interview.

Sentence 2

this / first / time / company / hire / senior / intern

This is the first time (that) the company is hiring senior interns.

Sentence 3

first / woman / ask / Ben / where / he / go / school

The first woman asks Ben where he went to school.

Sentence 4

Ben / graduate / Northwestern / class / '65.

Ben graduated from Northwestern [in/with] the class of '65.

Sentence 5

second / woman / ask / Ben / work / experience

The second woman asks Ben about his work experience.

Sentence 6

Ben / oversee / printing / phonebook / company / call / Dex One / over / 20 / year

Ben oversaw the printing of phonebooks at a company (that was) called Dex One for over 20 years.

Sentence 7

second / woman / want / know / people / still / use / phonebook

The second woman wants to know [if/whether] people still use phonebooks.

Sentence 8

Justin / ask / Ben / where / he / see / self / 10 / year

Justin asks Ben where he sees himself in 10 years.

Sentence 9

Justin / not / realize / Ben / 70 / when / he / ask / question

Justin doesn't realize (that) Ben is 70 (years old) when he asks the question.

Sentence 10

Justin / tell / Ben / he / overqualify / job

Justin tells Ben (that) he is overqualified for the job.

Sentence 11

Justin / welcome / Ben / company

Justin welcomes Ben to the company.

triangle Discussion

  1. They ask Ben numerous silly/stupid questions during the interview process. Which question was the worst?
  2. The company is looking specifically for a SENIOR intern. Why do you think thay are looking for a senior intern?
  3. From your experience, what are the most common interview questions? What are some good job interview questions? What are some bad interview questions?
  4. What looks better on a resume - great grades from an unknown university or average grades from a famous university? Why?
  5. Where did/do you go to school? What was/is your major? What major or program is your university most famous for?
  6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 20 years?

triangle Script

Ben: I'm Ben Whittaker. I received an e-mail about an interview for the senior intern program.

Receptionist: Hey, Ben. How's it going?

Ben: It's going good, real good.

Receptionist: Thank you.

Ben: Excellent.

Receptionist: Take a seat around the corner, and someone from talent acquisition will come get you.

Ben: Thank you. Talent acquisition?

Woman 1: There's going to be a couple of interviews today, Ben. We want to make sure that we both find the right fit. Business as usual is not really our motto, So we hope you have some fun here. This is the first time we're hiring senior interns, so some of our intern questions may not exactly fit your profile, but we're gonna go for it anyway, okay?

Ben: Fire away.

Woman 1: Okay, good. Where'd you go to school?

Ben: I went to Northwestern.

Woman 1: Hey, my brother went to Northwestern.

Ben: Probably not at the same time.

Woman 1: Probably not. He graduated in 2009.

Ben: Class of '65.

Woman 1: Wow, what was your major? Do you remember?

Woman 2: And after Northwestern you went on to...?

Ben: I went to work for Dex One. I was in charge of overseeing the printing of the physical phonebook. I did that for over 20 years, and before that, I was their V.P. of sales and advertising.

Woman 2: So, do they still make phonebooks? I mean, doesn't everyone just Google numbers?

Ben: I believe they do, but before Google that was how you got a number.

Woman 2: Oh, no, no. Yeah, I... I get it.

Justin: So 40 years at the phonebook company? That is amazing, seriously. Okay, Benjamin. Now, I'm gonna ask you one of our more telling questions for all of our interns, so I want you to, like, this is the one to really think about, okay? And... And take your time. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Ben: When I'm 80?

Justin: Yeah, sure. Yeah, whatever. Um... wait. Did not realize you were 70. That's, uh... That question just doesn't work for you, does it? Should we just scratch that one and just move on?

Ben: It's your call, Justin.

Justin: You look great, by the way. So great. And you're clearly more than qualified for this job. You're actually, like, way overqualified, and we were so impressed. You had great interviews, great video. You nailed it, Ben. Congrats. You're an intern.

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