Applying and Interviewing


ability /əˈbɪləti/
(n) the fact that somebody / something able to do something
Example: The designer's ability was obvious from her porfolio

apply /əˈplaɪ/
(v) to make a formal request, usually in writing, for something such as a job, a place at college, university
Example: The college graduate applied for three jobs and received three offers.

background /ˈbækɡraʊnd/
(n) the details of a person's familly, education, experience
Example: Your background in the publishing industry is a definite asset for this job

be ready for
be ready for
Example: Thanks to her careful research, the applicant felt that she was ready for the interview with the director of the program

call in
call in
(v) to ask to come, to beckon
Example: The HR manager called in all the qualified applicants for a 2nd interview

confidence /ˈkɒnfɪdəns/
(n) the feeling that you can trust, believe in and be sure about the abilities or good qualities of somebody / something
Example: Good applicants show confidence during an interview

constantly /ˈkɒnstəntli/
(adj) all the time; repeatedly
Example: The company is constanly looking for highly trained employees

expert /ˈekspɜːt/
(n) a person with special knowledge, skill
Example: Our department head is an expert in financing

follow up
follow up /'fɒləʊ 'ʌp/
(n) to add to something that you have just done by doing something else
Example: Always follow up an interview with a thank-you note

hesitant /ˈhezɪtənt/
(adj) slow to speak or act because you feel uncertain
Example: Marla was hesitant about negotiating a higher salary

present /ˈpreznt/
(v) to give something to somebody, especially formally at a ceremony
Example: The present study has two main aims.

weakly /ˈwiːkli/
(adv) in a weak way
Example: Her hands trembled and she spoke weakly at the interview