michael: greetings and welcome.
billy: thanks, how have you been?
michael: i have been fine, and you?
billy: things could be better. i am trying to get a job as a translator and i have the important first interview soon. i really wish i knew what kind of questions the interviewer may ask about me, my work experience or my resume.
michael: don't worry, this week's business english is all about productive questions and good answers.
billy: that sounds great, bring it on.
michael: you go boy! that is the right attitude, always be ready to learn.
billy: i am always ready to learn some new business english.
new words 新单词
1) accomplishments (pl. n)(成就): deeds or projects you are proud of
the office manager should compliment the staff on their accomplishments, but he is too busy or too mean.
2) beyond(adj.)(超出): more than is expected, over
the writer of our e-mail newsletter often goes above and beyond the call of duty.
3) motivated(v)(驱动性的): interested in work
most people are motivated by money, but i am motivated by art and the pursuit of knowledge.
4) over-time(n)(加班): extra hours that you work, more than forty hours a week
i would love to go to the movies, but my mean office manager is making us all work over-time this weekend.
5) popular(adj.)(流行的，受欢迎的): frequently used, liked by many people
the windows operating system is more popular than the linux systems.
6) positive outlook(乐观的): optimistic, always thinking good thoughts
no matter how bad the situation seems, tony always keeps a positive outlook on things.
7) step by step(v)(逐步进行): to learn slowly
step by step i am learning how to use the complicated new dreamweaver software.
popular questions, what are they trying to find out?
the interviewer's questions are designed to find out the following things:
a) are you able to do the job?
b) is your english good enough to communicate well?
c) will you work well with the other employees?
d) can you give something special to the job?
e) are you motivated enough? do you have a positive outlook?
f) are you professional and business-like?
g) what special skills do you have? what is your greatest accomplishment?
h) is your resume correct and truthful?