Applying and Interviewing


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

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

background /ˈbækɡraʊnd/
(noun) the details of a person’s family, education, experience, etc.
Example: Your background in the publishing industry is a definite asset for this job

be ready for
be ready for /bi ˈredi fər/
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 /kɔːl ɪn/
(phrasal verb) to phone a place, especially the place where you work
Example: The HR manager called in all the qualified applicants for a 2nd interview

confidence /ˈkɑːnfɪdəns/
(noun) 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 /ˈkɑːnstəntli/
(adverb) all the time; repeatedly
Example: The company is constanly looking for highly trained employees

expert /ˈekspɜːrt/
(noun) a person with special knowledge, skill or training in something
Example: Our department head is an expert in financing

follow up
follow up /ˈfɑːləʊ ʌp/
(phrasal verb) 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/
(adjective) slow to speak or act because you feel uncertain, embarrassed or unwilling
Example: Marla was hesitant about negotiating a higher salary

present /ˈpreznt/
(adjective) existing or happening now
Example: The present study has two main aims.

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