Looking 'pro' for your interview

Looking ‘pro’ for your interview

Do you remember your last job interview? Was it a ‘walk in the park’ or a ‘nightmare’?

If you are planning or hoping to have another interview, here are the first 3  tips (suggestions) from job specialists, Monster.

Practice Good Nonverbal Communication

Show that you are confident: stand up straight, make eye contact and connect with a firm handshake. That first nonverbal impression can be a great beginning — or a quick ending — to your interview.

Dress for the Job or Company

Today, many companies have a casual dress code. This does not give you permission to dress as “they” do when you interview. It is important to know what to wear to an interview and to be well-groomed. Whether you wear a suit or something less formal depends on the company culture and the position you are seeking. If possible, call to find out about the company dress code before the interview.


From the very beginning of the interview, your interviewer is giving you information, either directly or indirectly. If you are not hearing it, you are missing a major opportunity. Good communication skills include listening and letting the person know you heard what was said. Observe your interviewer, and match that style and pace.

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David's joke

David’s joke

A man and woman are asleep in bed when someone knocks on the door. The man, David, opens his eyes and looks at his clock, and it’s half past three in the morning. “I’m not getting out of bed at this time,” he thinks, and closes his eyes.

Then, a louder knock follows. “Aren’t you going to answer that?” says his wife.

The man gets out of bed and goes downstairs. He opens the door and there is man standing at the door. It is clear that the visitor is drunk.

“Hi there,” says the stranger. “Can you give me a push?”

“No, go away ! It’s half past three. I was in bed,” says the man and he closes the door. He goes back up to bed and tells his wife what happened.

“David, that wasn’t very nice of you,” she says. “Do you remember that night when our car broke down in the countryside, and you had to knock on that man’s house to get us started again? He was kind and he helped us.”

“But the guy was drunk,” says the husband.

“It doesn’t matter,” says the wife. “He needs our help and you need to help him.”

So the husband gets out of bed again, gets dressed, and goes downstairs. He opens the door, but he cannot see the stranger anywhere. He shouts, “Hey, do you still want a push?” And he hears a voice cry out, “Yeah, please.”

“Where are you?” shouts David.

“I’m over here in your garden,” the stranger replies, “on your swing.” (balançoire)

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Sleeping in the computer bag ... waiting for the mouse to return.

Sleeping in the computer bag … waiting for the mouse to return.

Here are some fantastic facts for all you cat lovers !

  1. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping.
  2. A group of cats is called a “clowder.”
  3. Cats make about 100 different sounds. Dogs make only about 10.
  4. During the time of the Spanish Inquisition, Pope Innocent VIII condemned cats as evil and thousands of cats were burned. Unfortunately, by killing lots of cats, it led to an explosion of the rat population, which helped develop the Black Death.
  5. The first cat in space was a French cat named Felicette (a.k.a. “Astrocat”) in 1963.
  6. In many parts of Europe and North America,  black cats are a sign of bad luck, but in Britain and Australia, black cats are lucky.
  7. A cat lover is called an Ailurophilia (Greek: cat+lover).
  8. A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206.
  9. A female cat is called a queen or a molly.
  10. A cat usually has about 12 whiskers on each side of its face.

I bet you didn’t know that !


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crosswordYes, English people love to talk about the weather.

And as you know, we have a lot of rain and a lot of words for rain. As they say in my village :

“When you look out of your window and you can see the big tree in the middle of the field, that means it’s going to rain.”

“And if you can’t se the tree, it means it’s already raining.”

  • It’s raining
  • It’s spitting
  • There’s a little drizzle
  • It’s pouring out of the heavens
  • It’s a cloudburst
  • It’s raining cats and dogs !

Try this crossword to check your weather vocabulary.

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The Kiss 1901-4 by Auguste Rodin 1840-1917As February is the month of St. Valentine’s day, we couldn’t forget a post about kissing.

Rodin sculpted his masterpiece ‘The Kiss’ in 1889.

The kiss of life is when you help someone who has stopped breathing, and it is sometimes called mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

American teenagers sometimes write S.W.A.L.K. on the back of their love letters: “Sealed With A Loving Kiss”.

And did you know that the Ancient Romans had 3 words for kisses:

  • ‘basium’ – a kiss for acquaintances
  • ‘osculum’ – a kiss between close friends
  • ‘suavium’ – a kiss between lovers

Finally, Coco Chanel was once asked a simple question:

“Where should one use perfume?” a young woman asked.

“Wherever one wants to be kissed.” replied Coco !

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Laurel_&_Hardy_in_Flying_Deuces_1_edited Abbott_and_Costello_circa_1940sYou probably know the names Laurel and Hardy. They were very famous from the 1920s to the 1940s.

After this remarkable duo, another pair of comics became celebrities: Abbott and Costello. They were famous in the 40s and 50s.

In this particular sketch, Abbott owes his landlord 7 weeks’ rent and at $13 a week, the landlord wants $91. However, with Abbott’s maths (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication) he calculates $28 only.


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David's joke

David’s joke

One dark night outside a small town, a fire started inside the local chemical factory and exploded into flames.  The alarm went out to the volunteer fire departments in the nearby towns.

When the first firefighters appeared on the scene, the chemical company president rushed to the fire chief and said, “All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved. I will give $50,000 to the fire department that puts the fire out.”

The fire chief ordered his men to attack the fire but after two hours of fighting the fire, nothing had changed. The fire was getting bigger and bigger. Another fire department arrived and the president of the chemical company offered $100,000 to the firefighters who could put out the fire. After another hours, the fire was still burning, and it seemed even bigger.

Suddenly, in the distance, they saw an old fire truck rushing towards the fire. It was another local volunteer fire company composed entirely of men over the age of 65. To everyone’s amazement, the little fire engine raced passed everyone and drove straight into the middle of the inferno. Outside, the other firemen watched as the old men jumped out of their truck and began to fight the fire like heroes, jumping up and down on the flames. In a short time, the old men had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas.

The chemical company president announced that for such a fantastic job, he was increasing the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave, old fire fighters.

The local TV news reporters rushed to speak to the old men and asked, “What are you going to do with all that money?”

“Well,” said the 70-year-old fire chief, “the first thing we are going to do …  is buy some new brakes for our truck.”

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Stop being sexist ! Yes, some men can cook and many women are happy doing DIY (decorating, repairs and modernising homes).

During my last trip to the UK, I saw a van that advertised a women’s building firm. If you thought the FBI was an American secret servie, check out http://www.femalebuilders.co.uk and see how “craftsmen” are becoming “craftswomen” on the Female Builders and Interiors website.

Just before you do that, try this short activity to see if you know this helpful vocabulary.

vocab - tools

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