LISTENING 7 – Jobs

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Why did he get the job?
– Hello. How can I help you?
– Hello. I have an appointment for a job interview
– Alright, take a seat. I’ll let Mrs Brown know that you are here. Are you nervous? Don’t worry, Mrs Brown is a very kind woman.
– No, I’m not. I know this is a great opportunity to start in this company and have a good job, so I’ve prepared for this moment. I have other job interviews afterwards, but, honestly, I’m more excited about working here than anywhere else.
– That’s good to hear! So you think there’s a good chance that you get the position?
– Of course. As soon as the job interview starts, I’m determined to impress Mrs Brown and show her that I’m fully prepared to hold the position I’m applying for. I’m responsible, ambitious and flexible. Also, I’m familiar with the computer programmes that are used in this sort of job. So, yes…
– I see… Well, it turns out that I am Mrs Brown and the interview started a few minutes ago. I’m glad to tell you that you won’t need to go to any more job interviews today. I believe you make the perfect candidate for the position available in the company. So, welcome to the team, I will let my staff know that…

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According to the man, what’s the best thing about being a teacher?
– Hey! I haven’t heard from you in ages! How’ve you been?
– Hello John! I’m doing great! You know, I’m on holiday right now. That’s one of the good things about being a teacher, isn’t it? How about you?
– Not so well if I’m honest. I’ve been fired, so I’m unemployed and I can hardly make ends meet.
– Sorry to hear that. That’s a shame. Now that I think about it, you did complete your degree right? You could apply for a position in the private school I’m working for. It’s a very good job: we’ve got a lot of bank holidays and it’s very rewarding too. I think that’s the best thing about the job, seeing how children learn…

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– Hi Javi! How’s it going?
– Don’t ask!
– Why do you say that?
– I’m worn out… I feel I work non-stop…
– oh, what have you been up to?
– I’m trying to carve out a niche for myself as a filmmaker… I filmed an event in La Nucía on friday, then I spent the whole weekend editing the video, and as if that weren’t enough, I had to film a concert in La vila yesterday.
– Well, you should look at it this way: it’s good to have a job and to hold it down… hmm now that I think about it, you must be making a killing with your filmmaking business!
– I beg to differ! it seems money burns a hole in my pocket!
– I thought all filmmakers earned enough money to live comfortably…
– Well… hold on… I might be undercharging my clients and they’re taking advantage of me!
– Definitely! You should put an end to it! So…why don’t you put up your prices?
– I’m not sure that’s the way forward… There’s a lot of competition among audiovisual companies and if I increased prices, I’d lose quite a few clients!
– Too bad… If I were you, I would change my business strategy… otherwise, I’m afraid your business is doomed to failure… Why don’t you take a few days off and reconsider your business model?
– You’re right… I should take a holiday to switch off, shouldn’t I? and I’ll get to think about how I can modernise my business…
– Absolutely! speaking of switching off, I’m having some friends at home next weekend because it’s my wife’s birthday…Would you like to come along?
– Of course! that sounds great! It’s literally been ages since I last hung out and had some fun!
– There you are! See you next weekend at 9pm, ok?! By the way, don’t forget to bring your camera with you!