UpInt 01 – Attending an interview

The Language Professional - Prepare-Learn-Review-Followup


Watch this video from a job interview, where Sarah is applying for a new position.
[Viewing from China? Use this link and watch from minute 11 to minute 14]

As you watch it for the first time, consider these questions:

  • What kind of job do you think Sarah is applying for?
  • Do you think she is a good candidate for the role? Why / Why not?

During the video, Sarah was asked:
“Can you give us an example of when you had to deal with a particularly difficult managee?”
“Can you tell us about a time when you had to close a particularly challenging deal?”

Watch again and consider these questions:

  • How does Sarah respond to these questions?
  • Do you feel she responded well?

We’ll share our thoughts at the start of the lesson.


You’ll need to book a lesson to take part in this lesson.


You’ll receive an activity sheet after the lesson to help review and summarize the lesson.
To write answers on these PDFs: 1) download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, 2) Tools -> Fill & Sign.

Follow up

During the lesson we focussed on competency-based interviews.

Read this article explaining 31 competencies categorised into those dealing with:
a) people, b) business, and c) self-management.

Create a bank of responses using the STAR technique for competencies relevant to your career or companies you are applying for. If you’ve completed the review sheet, then you’ve have already done eight!

  1. for each competency you feel relevant, create a question based on it.
  2. create a response for each question using the STAR technique.
  3. practise your responses until you know them by heart (you could have a friend or family member test you).
  4. practise while looking at yourself in the mirror and observe your body language.
  5. work on your posture, smile, and delivery until you’re ready for that interview!