General Listening Quiz

“Job Interview”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult job interview man – woman 03:55

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of questions do businesses ask potential employees during job interviews?


dead-end job” = a job that provides no chance for promotion or advancement
This is a real dead-end job, so I’m thinking about quitting soon.”

on the job” = while working
Doug was always texting on the job, so the boss fired him.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man studied English and _____ at the university.

Man: Okay. Um, yeah. I've always been interested in teaching in a language program like this, and uh, I graduated with a degree in English and psychology eight years ago.

He found his first job in Japan at a _____.

Man: Well, I worked full time, um, for a private language school in Tokyo for the first two years, and then I found a job at a community college.

The man's cooking students wanted to ____.

Man: Well, um, many of my students wanted to become chefs in restaurants, or they wanted to start their own restaurants, uh, and in our area, there were many, uh, tourists tourist spots.

Now, the man works at a Japanese restaurant and at a ____.

Man: Right, right, but then, but . . . I want to return to teaching. I've also been working as a therapist at a treatment center for teenagers struggling with depression and other mental health disorders.

The man should be a good candidate for the job because he ____.

Man: Um, well, first of all, uh, I understand that different students have different learning styles, and for that reason, I have used iPads, video, music, cooking, drama, role plays, and games to reach every student. [ That's good. ] And second, I have a background in academic and psychological counseling and advising [ Uh, huh ] . . . skills that are often needed, you know, in working with international students.

Post-Listening Exercise

Think about your own major or future career? What are four qualities or qualifications that help people in your field become successful?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to look up three jobs that interest you. What Web sites do you find most useful to find these job offerings?