II. Basic Listening Practice

  1. Script
M: Did you pick up the paper for me today? I really want to check the job vacancies. W: I know, it’s over there. There’s not much happen though. I had a look already. Maybe you should look on the Net instead. Q: What is the man looking for?

  2. Script
M: You don’t have enough experience or qualifications for this role. What makes you believe you could handle the position? W: I’m a fast learner and enjoy learning on the job. My natural skills lie in this area, and I’m confident that I could handle the challenge. Given a chance, I would prove myself. Q: What is the woman saying?

  3. Script
M: Could you help me with my resume? Jane said you’re good with these things, and I really need someone to edit it. It’s way too long. W: Sure, no problem, give I to me. A good resume should be no more than one page, you know. And it should list you experience in reverse chronological order. I can see we’ve got some work to do! Q: Which of the following is true according to the conversation?

  4. Script
M: Could you tell me why you would like to work for our company? W: Well, it has a good reputation as an employer, and its products are quite popular in the marketplace. I would feel proud to work for a company like this and to contribute a great deal to its success. Q: Why does the woman apply for the job?

  5. Script
W: Where do you see yourself in five years’ time? M: I aim to have been promoted to senior manager at the very least. I’m very ambitious and want to climb up the career ladder as fast as possible. I don’t want to feel miserable on the first rung in five years’ time, watching everybody above me. Q: What does the man want in fie years?
  3. A
III. Listening In Task 1: Tell me about yourself.
M: Tell me a little about yourself. W: I’m from Guilin City. M: What brought you to the east coast? W: I came to Qingdao to attend college. I’m impressed by this city’s dynamic economy. I’ve come to love it so much that I’ve decided to stay and work here. M: What work experience do you? W: I worked as an intern for a small shipping company. And my primary responsibilities were to maintain the company’s ties with the existing customers and try to find new cargo sources. M: And what did that experience teach you? W: I learned that communication skills are extremely important. The knowledge I acquired from textbooks is indeed, but it is equally essential to be able to persuade a potential client t to trust you. M: How would your former employer describe you? W: He told me that my ability to find one customer after another was an asset to the company. He thanked me for my loyalty. He also appreciated my team as shown in my cooperation with my colleague. M: You seem very mature for your age. And I see from your resume that you are very goal-oriented. W: Thank you. I believe I’ve acquired many good qualities from my parents. They’re my role models. However, I know I still have a lot to learn.
The woman went from Guilin City to the east coast city of Qingdao to attend college. She was impressed by the latter’s dynamic economy. Now shi is being interviewed for a job. She says she once worked as an intern for a small shipping company to maintain the company’s ties with the existing customers and try to find new cargo sources. There she learned the importance of communication skills. She has realized that book knowledge is indeed necessary, but it is equally essential to persuade potential clients to trust her. Her former employer said her ability to find customers was an asset to the company. He appreciated the loyalty and team spirit. The interviewer finds her mature for her age and very goal-oriented. And she believes that she has acquired many good qualities form her parents, but still has a lot to learn.
Task 2: A Work Qualification Test
Murphy applies for an engineering position at an Irish firm based in Dublin. An American applied for the same job. Quite by coincidence, the two amplifications, and were asked to take the same test by the manager of the Human Resource Department. Upon completion of the test, both men missed only one of the questions. The manager went to Murphy and said, “Thank you for your interest, but we’ve decided to give the American the job.” Bewildered by the manager’s decision, Murphy asked, “Why would you be doing that? We both got nine questions correct. This being Ireland and me being Irish, I should get the job!” The manger answered calmly, “We have made our decisions based on the correct answers, but on the question you missed.” Unconvinced and somewhat indignant, Murphy question, “And just how would one incorrect answer be better than the other?” The manager’s maser took him by surprise, “Simple, on QuestionNo.5, the American put down ‘I don’t’ know’, and you put down ‘Neither do I’.”
For Reference
  1. He made his decision based on the wrong answers to the one question one missed, rather than on the correct answers.
  2. By writing “Neither do I”, it seems that Murphy copied the American answer on the test.
Task3: A Guide to a Successful Job Interview
There are times that you will be asked a hard question during a job interview. Don’t panic, they just want to see how you handle a difficult situation. Being prepared is always the best policy. Here are some samples of questions and some advice on how to handle them properly.
Why should we choose you? To this question, you can ask yourself why you applied, what makes you suitable for this question, what the company can gain from hiring you, what you have to offer, how you would handle this jib, etc. Often they ask you to tell them about yourself. You can split your answer into two, the professional and the personal level. Both are important, and how you move from one to the other depends on what you have to say. You can give a brief summary of your life, professional and personal, with less emphasis on the early past, and more emphasis on the present and the future. When asked “What are your weaknesses?”, don’t say, “I don’t have any.” Everyone has weaknesses, and it takes something positive like, “I haven’t had a lot of exposure on the on-site work, but I’m looking forward to being more involved in dealing with customers directly and learning their needs.” Another common question is: “What are your strengths?” You should customize your answer to meet the position requirement. Keep in mind the things they asked for in the advertisement. Tell them your strengths, but also show them how they how they would apply to this job. To show how your strengths were valuable, use the “Why, where, when, how” to demonstrate and prove your strengths.

  1. What is the passage mainly concerned with?
  2. What does the speaker NOT mention as an answer to the question, “Why should we choose you?”?
  3. What does the speaker say you should stress when introducing yourself?
  4. What does the speaker advice you NOT to say when asked, “What are your weaknesses?”
  5. What should you say when asked about your strong points?
Kes: 1C
  3. B
For Reference “Why should we choose you?”, “Tell me about yourself.”, “What are your weaknesses?”, and “What are your strength?”
IV. Speaking Out
MODEL 1 good job?
Susan: John, can you give me some tips about how to get a good job? John: Did you go to the job fairs and meet with companies? Susan: Yeah, I did. But they didn’t seem to be interested in women. I thought about suing then for sexual discrimination. John: I’m afraid it won’t be much help. Have you looked at the want ads in the newspaper? Susan: I’ve been checking the want ads every day for a week, but I can’t find anything interesting that I’m qualified for. And the few that I have seen are very low-paying. John: Then try the Internet. You can use a search engine to find a job site related to your field. Susan: Good thinking! Thanks! I think I’ll look for something in electronic engineering. John: Hey, I just saw a job opening at a company called E-Tech. It could be just the sort of thing you’re looking for. Susan: Great, I’ll try my luck there. John: Yeah, but if I remember, the deadline is this afternoon. Susan: This afternoon? Oh no! I’d better get online quickly and see if I can submit my resume by E-mail. John: Wait, have you updated your resume? You’d better include your work experience from the IT company last summer. Susan: Don’t worry. It’s all set. Thanks, mate. John: Any time, Sue.
Can you give me some tips about how to get a
A: Can you give me some tips about how to get a good job? B: What have you done so far? A: I’ve asked a few friends and relatives for job information, but it’s not of much use. B: That method is out of date. You should go to the job fair and meet wit companies. A: Yes, I did. But IT industry seems to have been badly hit the economic recession, and not many companied came to the job market. As for those who did come, they set a high standard for the candidates.
B: To find more opportunities, you might as well look at the want ads in the newspaper. A: I’ve been checking the want ads regularly for months, and I can’t find anything good that I’m qualifies for. And the few that I have seen are very low-paying. B: On the Internet you can find more job ads. You can use a search engine to find job sites related to your field. A: Good idea! I think I’ll look for something in software development. B: I just found a job available at a computer company on the Net the other day. It might be just the sort of thing you’re looking for. A: Great! I’ll take a chance on that. B: Remember to update your resume before you send it in. It’ll be plus for you if you include your recent work experience at the IT company. A: Sure. Thanks.
MODEL2 Do you have any tips for a successful interview? Script
Susan: John, do you have any tips for a successful interview? John: Well, first of all, you need to dress professionally. Susan: Oh, what about during the interview? John: Ok, be sure to maintain good eye contact and answer all questions politely and directly. Don’t look too shy, nor should you sound too aggressive. Susan: I’m not sure what kind of questions they’ll ask. John: They’ll probably want to know a little about your work experience. Many companies don’t want a completely green hand. They don’t want to spend time and money on training. Susan: Fortunately, I gained some experience at an IT company during the last summer holiday. John: They may also want to know something about your character. You see, ability for teamwork is usually valued. Susan: What kind of questions should I ask them? John: You should ask them about the job requirements and about the company. Susan: Should I ask about salary and fringe benefits?
John: Better not. Not unless they bring it up. Just use the first interview to sell yourself. Susan: You’re right. If they are interested in hiring me, there will be plenty of chances to talk about money later. John: Right. And the more interested they are, the more they’ll offer.
A: Can you give me some advice on how to succeed in an interview? B: Well, first of all, you need to pay attention to your appearance. You have to dress appropriately. A: What do you mean by appropriately? B: It’s often best to wear a suit. Some bosses don’t like to see a candidate on a dirty T-shirt and jeans. A: I see. Careless clothes may be an indicator of careless attitude in work. B: Right on. Also, many employers are unwilling to hire a young man with his hair dyed red or yellow. A: Then, what about during the interview? B: You should speak politely but firmly. If you look too shy, they may suspect you are not capable of dealing with a challenging task. A: I’m not sure what kind of questions they’ll ask. B: They’ll probably want to know something about your work experience. Companies usually don’t want an entirely new hand. They don’t want to spend time and money on training. A: Fortunately, I gained some experience at a law of firm during the last summer holiday. I worked as an intern to provide free legal advice for those who need it. B: Oh. I see, this is what they called “legal assistance to the needy”. Also, a company may want to know something about your character. You see, team players are often valued above all others. A: What kind of questions should I ask them? B: You should ask them about the job requirements and about the company. A: I hear that many companies asked the candidates what salary they expect. B: That’s true. You have to inquire about the possible salary level for a green hand in advance. If the salary you expect is reasonable, this shows that you know the professions well and will have a good impression on the interviewer. A: Oh, I’ve learned so much from you. A thousand thanks.
MODEL3 Script
Our best bet is to recruit from the competition.
Helen: Our company is starting from scratch, so we don’t have the expertise to compete. Bill: Then our best bet is to recruit from the competition. Helen: We need managers who know how to be strong, yet know how to give employees their freedom. Bill: That’s essential, especially in the computer industry. Often computer experts like to wor



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