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Kurs: -- English - Business English

Modul: Job Interview - Razgovor za posao

Autor: prof. Gordana Matorkić

Naziv jedinice: Job Interview

Materijali vezani uz ovu lekciju:

- Test job interview
- Job Interview (PDF dokument)

"People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Unknown

When going on an interview, you want to present yourself to your best advantage. This is your chance to let the people interviewing you learn about your skills, knowledge, and strengths as present yourself for the first time. How do you do this?


First Impressions

Appearance counts, and is the basis for forming first impressions of a person. A neat, well-groomed appearance in an appropriate business suit comes across much better than casual clothes, or inappropriate make up and jewellery.

Friendly, open people are also perceived more positively. When first meeting the employer, greet them with a firm handshake, a smile, and look them in the eyes. Listen attentively and don't interrupt.


Be On Time

Being late does not impress interviewers, and creates the impression that you would arrive late to work. So try to get to the interview on time, or even a few minutes early. This will give you a chance to do a last minute check on your appearance in the restroom, and to fill out any paperwork.


Do Your Homework

One thing that will positively impress not only the recruiter, but also managers who may interview you, is knowledge about their company. Take the time to research the company, and be familiar with terms used in the industry that you are interviewing for. Being familiar with the company products, the services that they offer, and who their major competitors are will show that you have a real interest in the company.

Bring several copies of your resume (2 or 3) in a folder or portfolio since you may meet with several people during the interview. A cover sheet with personal references should accompany it.


Do your homework BEFORE the interview. This will make sure that you can:
Answer Their Questions Well

During an interview, you will present yourself well if you answer the questions completely and concisely (nodding or grunting "yes" and "no" to questions, or rumbling for a half hour when asked about your experience are both equally bad). Instead, well thought out answers that demonstrate your skill and strengths as they relate to the position you are interviewing for will come across much more favourably.

Be as positive as possible during the interview. Do NOT speak negatively of a former employer, even if they are the worst possible, since this will be considered a problem area with you, or a bad attitude.

Be honest, and NEVER lie or try to avoid answering. Do NOT say, "You can find that on my resume" since they are interested in YOU and how you interact with others, and your personal knowledge base. They can read the resume later. But do make sure that all information on your resume is correct, since the company will check on references, dates and job information.


Ask Intelligent Questions

After answering their questions, asking good (i.e. relevant) questions of your own will also create a good impression.

You might ask the employer to describe the job in more detail. You should also have several questions written down to refer to, based on the background research you have already done to prepare for the interview.

Ask the employer what he or she is looking for in an employee, or the three most important things they are looking for in the person they hire. Then, listen attentively to the answers. Find out why the position is open.

Your questions should focus on the job, the company, and what the employer wants or needs, not salary or benefits at this point. Do NOT ask the interviewer "Why should I work for you?" or "How much will you pay me?" since this puts them on the defensive, and creates the impression that you are only self-serving or mercenary.


Practice Makes Perfect

It is a good idea to practice an interview before actually going to one. This will give you a chance to work on answering questions, listening, and getting feedback on your body language. See if a friend or co-worker can help you by asking you both standard and "surprise" interview questions that make you think and answer spontaneously. Include some hard ones as well.


Job Interview Tips - Job Interview Questions and Answers




Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
skill - veština
knowledge - znanje
strengths - jake strane, sposobnosti
appearance - spoljašnji izgled, pojava
make up - šminka
jewellery - nakit
handshake - rukovanje
restroom - toalet
paperwork - papirologija
recruiter - regruter, osoba koja prima nove zaposlene
service - usluga
competitor - konkurent
copy - primerak
resume - rezime, biografija
folder - fascikla
portfolio - torbica za spise
grunting - mumlanje
cover sheet - propratni dokument, pismo
nodding - klimanje glavom
rumbling - lutanje
area - oblast, tema
feedback - povratna informacija
present oneself - predstaviti se
count - računati se
come across - ostaviti utisak
perceive - shvatiti, videti, opaziti
greet - pozdraviti
interrupt - prekinuti
fill out - popuniti
be familiar with - biti upoznat sa
ramble - lutati, udaljavati se
avoid - izbeći
interact - reagovati na drugog
check on - proveriti
refer to - pozvati se na
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
neat - uredan
well-groomed - uredan
appropriate - odgovarajući
casual - ležeran, opušten
inappropriate - neodgovarajući
attentively - pažljivo
major - glavni
well thought out - dobro smišljen
favourably - povoljno, u korist
former - bivši
honest - iskren, pošten
attentively - pažljivo
mercenary - koristoljubiv
self-serving - koji misli samo na svoju korist



Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
skill – ability, craft, expertise
knowledge – intelligence
strengths – skill, strong point
appearance – look
jewelery – jewels, precious stones
handshake – handclasp, handshaking, shake
restroom – public convenience, public lavatory, public toilet, toilet facility, wash room, convenience
recruiter – headhunter
competitor – rival, competition, contestant, participant, challenger
copy – sample
resume – curriculum vitae, CV
folder – file
area – section, part, department, field
feedback – comment, evaluation, observation, reaction, criticism
present oneself – introduce
count – matter
come across – give an impression
perceive – understand, deduce, observe
greet – salute
interrupt – disturb
fill out – fill in, complete
ramble – drift, wander, stroll
avoid – ignore
interact – communicate, socialize
refer to – involve, state
Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
neat – tidy, smart
well–groomed – smart, trim, neat, tidy, spruce, well–dressed
appropriate – suitable, relevant
casual – informal, leisure, sporty
inappropriate – unsuitable, unacceptable, improper
major – important, vital, significant, main 
favourably – approvingly, agreeably 
former – previous, ex–, past, earlier
honest – trustworthy, honourable, truthful
mercenary – selfish
self–serving – egoistic



Nouns (imenice):Verbs (glagoli):
skill - incompetence, inability

knowledge - incompetence, inability

strengths - weakness, powerlessness

competitor - friend, confidante

copy - original

grunting - growling

 present oneself - hide, withhold

count - disregard, exclude

come across - miss

perceive - disregard, misunderstand, neglect

greet - avoid, disregard, ignore, slight

fill out - fill in

ramble - run, be direct

avoid - face

interact - reagovati na drugog

check on - proveriti

refer to - pozvati se na

Adjectives and adverbs
(pridevi i prilozi):
Prepositions and conjunctions
(predlozi i veznici):
 neat - careless, disorganised, inaccurate, untidy, sloppy

well-groomed - untidy, unkempt

appropriate - inappropriate, improper

casual - formal

inappropriate - appropriate, correct, decent

attentively - inadequately, uncarefully

major - inconsiderable, insignificant

well thought out - careless, incautious, headless

favourably - unfavourably, unfriendly

former - modern, new, present

honest - deceitful, dishonest

attentively - uncarefully, incautiously

mercenary - generous, unselfish

self-serving - modest


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