Let’s keep it clear. As a worker, you will have an interview with a boss.
As a boss, you will have or do an interview with a worker.
Nobody will make interviews with anyone.
An intern will do an internship. A worker will do a job.
Nobody makes internships or jobs, except when a boss might create a completely new job from nothing. “I liked that person so much I made a job for them. They start Tuesday.”
Work is noncount. “I did a lot of work with customers,” not “I did three works with customers.”
Just a few words for work conversations today.
- bankruptcy – noun – a time when a company runs out of money and can no longer pay their debts.
- liquidation – noun – a time after bankruptcy when the company’s stuff is sold to get money to pay their debts.
- liquid asset – noun – an asset is something that a business or person owns. A liquid asset is one that is easily sold or exchanged, like cash, gold, or certain investments.
- fixed asset – noun – A fixed asset is not as easily sold or exchanged as a liquid asset. This group might include real estate, machinery, inventory, or contracts.
- expenditure – noun – the money that a business needs to spend in order to do business. This might include buying supplies, paying salaries and rent, repairing machines, or advertising products.
- revenue – noun – the money that comes into a business from doing its business activities, before expenses are paid
Serve is not the same as service, though they are both regular verbs (serve/served/served, service/serviced/serviced).
Serve is the verb of waiters, clerks, and attendants, and it means “to help a customer.”
- The attendant served his customers quickly and efficiently.
Service is the verb of technicians, and it means “to repair or maintain a machine.”
- The mechanic serviced the car before the trip.
If you use the verb “service” in place of “serve,” it is incorrect.
- The waiter serviced his guests <- never, unless the guests are robots.
Service is a noun relating to the ability of waiters, clerks, and attendants to do their jobs.
- The service is great here. I never have to ask them to pour more coffee!
I use Google Docs in several classes. One problem that comes up a lot is the spell-checker. If my students’ Drive language isn’t English, their English spell-check won’t work. Here’s how to fix it:
With your document open in Google Docs,
Highlight all your text.
Go to the File > Language menu, and
Select English (United States).
Now you should be able to see any incorrectly-spelled English words (and, of course, correct them!)
Just a few notes about money today.
The verb is pay. It is regular, so the past is paid and the past participle is also paid. Spelling the past form “payed” is always wrong.
“Deposit” is the verb you use when you put money into your back account. To take the money out, say “withdraw.”
Deposit is regular: deposit/deposited/deposited, but “withdraw” is irregular: withdraw/withdrew/withdra
In an exercise, my students learn about a woman who thinks that women are better managers than men. When I ask them, many students will say that this woman has a feminist idea. It’s time to clear up the confusion. The idea that we need for this situation is sexist. A sexist person believes that one sex is always better. A feminist is a person who believes that men and women are equal.
Please, also be careful with ‘sexist’ (believes one sex is always better) and ‘sexiest’ (the most attractive.)
I had an interesting conversation yesterday about former students, why I teach, and my classes. It brought to mind so many situations, people, and feelings, but two former students really stand out.
The first is a participant in our internship program. He had come from a successful business background – completed an MBA, started and sold companies before coming to Canada – and was looking to start an international career. He had a 45 minute interview with 7 directors at a sports team, and he said it was the hardest thing he had done for school. He was accepted, and had a fantastic time with the team. I like this story because it shows accepting challenges and striving to improve oneself. My student could have stayed at home and started another company, but he chose to take on the challenge of working in English. And not at a restaurant from his country, either! Being part of his success makes me proud to teach.
My second memorable student came from a successful job as a professor, teaching surgical techniques, in a large country. He realized that his lifestyle was not one that his children could achieve, because the population was increasing rapidly and jobs would become scarce, so he moved his family to Canada. To support his family, he worked as a taxi driver. His English, he said, wasn’t strong enough to enter the medical field, and he didn’t have time to improve it. When I met him, this was 10 years in the past. His children were in high school and his wife was able to work. His wife and children were fluent, but his English was still very basic. Twelve hours a day driving a taxi doesn’t leave much time for English classes. He told me “My children don’t speak my language, and I don’t speak theirs. We can’t speak as anything more than a taxi driver and a customer, but I want them to know more of me. They will never know the poems I can write in my language, but I can meet them in theirs.” His sacrifices for his family, and then his desire to change his life again, really made him stand out to me. My satisfaction from seeing him pass his IELTS test is a reason I do this job.
I’m sure my colleagues have similar stories. What memorable students do you have?
Best of luck to Emilly and Richard, both of whom are now working at their new Canadian jobs! Well done in your job searching.
“How do you see this job fitting in to your planned career path?
This question gives you an opportunity to show off several positive aspects. A clear answer, with related detail, shows that you actually have a career plan! You’d be surprised at how many people don’t have one.
By showing how the job you want connects with your plan, you also show how much you value the job. Showing motivation is important; every boss wants a worker who will do good work because they want to, not just because they are expected to.
A friend of mine is involved with the Verses Festival, showcasing poems, poets, and poetry, and they need volunteers. They have positions for ticket sales, advertising, and competitions, and you can sign up here. This is a great opportunity to get some work experience in English!