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Job Interview

Hello. Are you Mr. Johnson?
Yes. I am.
Nice to meet you I am Mr. Smith. I will be interviewing you today.
Good. It’s nice to meet you as well.
Thank you. Please have a seat in my office.
Thank you.
Mr. Johnson, tell me a little about yourself.
I am 32 years old, I was working at the steel plant until they shut it down last month and now I am looking for a job.
Tell me about your experience at the steel plant.
I was a team leader. I was always on time and my supervisor said I was one of his best workers.
Very impressive! Mr. Johnson, What are three words that describe you?
I would say…Responsible, Hard-working, and Smart.
Very good. What makes you the best candidate for this job?
Well, I am a very hard worker and I would be able to learn the tasks quickly.
Okay then. Thank you for coming. Do you have any questions for me?
Yes. I was wondering what my schedule would be if I got the job?
That’s a good question. You would work from Nine until Five, Monday through Friday. Does that work for you?
Yes. That works very well for me.
Do you have any other questions?
No, I believe that is all.
OK Mr. Johnson. It was a pleasure to meet you and we will let you know if you got the job by Thursday.
Thank you for your time Mr. Smith.
You’re welcome. Have a good day.

Being Employed

Where have you been for the last week?
I started a new job.
Where are you working?
I am a cashier at the grocery store.
Why did you get a job?
I needed to make money to pay my bills.
Do you miss having your free time?
Yes but being employed is more important.
What bills do you have to pay?
I have to pay for rent, electricity, and water.
Will you make enough money at your job to pay your bills now?
Yes, I make $8.00 an hour.
How many hours a week do you work?
I work forty hours every week.
Are there any other reasons to work other than paying bills?
My job also provides health insurance.
What does health insurance do for you?
Having health insurance means that I don’t pay as much for seeing a doctor.
What if you need medicine?
My health insurance will also pay for many medicines.
There are many benefits to being employed.
I can also make more money if I stay at my job and do well for a year.
How much more money would you make?
If I stay there for a year and do a good job, I will make $9.00 an hour.
That’s a good reason to stay and work hard.
They need another person to work, would you like to fill out an application?
I will stop by tomorrow.

Working From Home

Mom, my teacher wants us to tell the class about where our parents work.
What will you tell them about your parents?
I will tell them that my dad is a chef and cooks in a nice restaurant.
And what will you tell them about me?
I don’t know because I’m not sure where you work.
I work from home.
I thought a real job meant you go somewhere else to work.
Not all work is done like your dad’s job.
What kind of work do you do from home?
I am a medical transcriptionist.
What does that mean?
It means that I listen to a doctor talking about a medical report and then I write it down for them.
Why doesn’t the doctor write it down himself?
Doctor’s are very busy with patients and don’t have time to write everything down.
Why is it important to write it down at all?
So the doctor’s have something to look at the next time they see their patient.
You do all of this here at home?
Yes, I receive the tapes of the doctor and then I write them down on our computer.
Do you get paid like dad does at his job?
Yes, I get a paycheck for my work every two weeks.
Why do you want to work at home?
It is better for me because I am able to work my own schedule.
Why is that important?
The freedom of making my own hours gives me more time to take care of my family.
Now I understand and can explain it to my class.


Hi, I’m Peter.
Nice to meet you. I’m Tom.
What do you do for a living Tom?
I started my own company.
Oh wow. You are an entrepreneur.
I’ve always wanted to be an entrepreneur.
You should become one.
It seems very risky.
I won’t lie. It is risky.
How do you deal with the risk?
Bigger risks bring bigger returns.
That is a good way to look at it.
It is worth the risk to be my own boss.
How did you get the funding?
I found an angel investor.
Did he give you a good deal?
What deal did he give you?
He gave me $100,000 for 10% ownership in the company.
That seems like a really good deal. Have you done well?
I have done well.
Now I want to be an entrepreneur even more than before.
Make sure you are passionate about your idea and it will work out.
Thanks for the advice.


Were you able to get funding for your startup?
Yes, but not as much as we need.
Yes. It is exciting.
How much capital have you raised so far?
How much more do you need?
We feel we will need $40,000 of over head.
Are you looking for investors or loans?
We would prefer investors but we might need to take out a loan.
Who are your investors?
We presented to a few venture capital groups and got $10,000.
Good for you.
Do you know of anyone else?
I know a few angel investors.
I would prefer angel investors over taking out a loan.
I can give you their contact information.
That would be great.
Why don’t you want to take out a loan?
Because I don’t care too much about my equity in the company.
I see.
Also, I definitely do not want to pay interest in case things don’t work out.
That is smart.
It’s better to be safe than sorry.

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