Episode 17: Job Interviews, 10 Tips to Nail your Interview


In today’s episode Jennifer and Dan talk about their best and worst job interviews and give you helpful tips to be successful in your next interview! Learn from their mistakes, their success stories, and best of all, learn important language to talk about interviews in everyday English conversations. This conversation is full of phrasal verbs and idioms, so get ready to sound more like a native speaker.

In addition to the top tips they give in their conversation, the episode guide covers more. So make sure to download the episode guide for 10 tips for a successful job interview.

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Podcast Notes:

For more learning, including the full vocabulary list and definitions (from below), a more complete language focus explanation, and idiom example sentences, download this week's episode guide.

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Vocabulary Sample:

to pass out: 





Language Focus: 10 Tips for a Successful Job Interview

-Be on time:  

never arrive late to a job interview, always be early if you can.

-Dress the part:

wear appropriate clothing for the job. For example, you wouldn’t want to wear jeans to a professional law office that requires business casual. However, you don’t need to wear a suit if you’re applying for a hostess position at a casual restaurant.

-Do your research of the company:

go online to find out about the history, where the company is now and where it will be. You can also research questions you could ask during the interview.

-Be prepared with the most common interview questions:

be ready with thoughtful answers to questions you know you’ll be asked (especially if English isn’t your first language). Be prepared to talk about yourself, past employment, strengths/weaknesses, and why you want that position.

download the episode guide for the final 6 tips for a successful job interview! 

Idioms and Expressions

to shake in one’s boots: to be incredibly nervous and/or worried about something

to nail something: to do something very well, to be successful

to be an open book: to be easy to read, to show your emotions/feelings to others

to have it out for someone: to try and criticize, hurt, or harass someone because of a grudge or particular reason

to be hard on someone: to give someone a difficult time, to criticize them

to make ends meet: to make enough money to pay one’s bills and survive (but nothing extra)

to have something in the bag: to be 100% certain that something will be successful

to dress to the nines: to dress very nicely/elegantly, to be dressed as best as one could be

to have a chip on one’s shoulder: to continue being angry at someone/something for something that happened to you, causing bad/poor behavior

to leave a bad taste in one’s mouth: to cause someone to have a bad memory or feeling of someone/something


Let’s Connect!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us about your best and worst job interview, use as many details as possible.

Additionally you can answer the following questions:

Do you get nervous before job interviews? If yes, how do you calm down?

You can comment below this episode in the comment section!