What is a job interview?

Everyone has a job interview at some point in their life and they can be scary things. However, they are really nothing to worry about.

All a job interview does is give employers the chance to meet you and see if they like you enough to give you a job. Simples. Get it right and you could end up with a great job, get it wrong and you’ll have to live with unemployment or a role you hate for a bit longer…

So, what exactly is a job interview?

The employer (and hopefully your future boss) asks you questions about your career, personality and life and you answer honestly while trying to impress them. Easy, right? Not really – job interviews can be really stressful.

However, if you prepare properly for your job interview – and it really is easy to do(!) – then you can get rid of the nerves and show your interviewer why they MUST hire you. And so our interview advice is designed to get you job interview ready…

Just follow these 5 easy steps and you will stand the best chance of getting a job. 

1. What type of interview is it?

There are three main types of interview and when you are offered one they should tell you what to expect…

  • One-to-one interview – The most common type… You are interviewed by just one person (usually the boss!) and it’s a simple question and answer session.
  • Panel interview – A bit scarier… This is where you’re interviewed by more than one person at a time – expect two or more interviewers to be in the room with you.
  • Competency interview – The most advanced interview type. You’ll be tested on different situations e.g. ‘tell me about a time when you showed good teamwork’.

2. What should I wear?

It may sound silly but you must plan your interview outfit. You don’t necessarily have to wear a suit, depending on what job you’re going for, but you should follow a few simple dress code rules

3. Practice these interview questions

YOU MUST PRACTICE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS! OK, that was a bit dramatic, but this is where many people mess up. By just spending a little bit of time looking at common interview questions and answers you can really improve your chances of getting the job…

Luckily we have done the hard work for you!


4. Body language in the interview

It may sound weird but body language has a big part to play in your job interview. For example, if you sit slouched in your chair with your arms crossed you could come across badly, even if your answers are good…


5. Don’t forget to ask your own questions

At the end of almost every interview, the interviewer will say to you ‘do you have any questions for me?’ If you shrug your shoulders and get tongue-tied then you can look uninterested. Go in with a few interview questions of your own prepared, instead.



Many different types of structure are used in word order problems. One of the most common is a phrase with a superlative adjective or adverb.

Word order items are the only Structure items in which the distractors can be ungrammatical. In other Structure problems, distractors are always correct in some context. However, at least two of the choices may be grammatical. The correct choice depends on the context of the sentence.

It sometimes is easy to eliminate distractors in word order items by making sure they “fit” the rest of the sentence.

A special type of word order problem involves inversions. This type of sentence uses question word order even though the sentence is not a question.. When are inversion used?

1. When the negative words listed below are placed at the beginning of a clause for emphasis

not only                   never

not until                   seldom

not once                   rarely

at no time                scarcely

by no means           no sooner

Examples :

a. Not once was he on time.

b. Seldom bate I beard such beautiful music.

c. Not only did the company lose profits, but it also had to lay off workers

2. When the following expression beginning with only occur at the beginning of a sentence (with these expression the subject and verb of the second clause are inverted).

only in (at, on, by, etc)  only recently

only once

Examples :

a. Only in an emergency should you use this exit.

b. Only recently did she return from abroad.

c. Only by asking questions can you learn.

3. When the following expressions beginning with only occur at the beginning of a sentence (with these expressions the subject and verb of the second clause are inverted).

only if                   only when

only because     only after

only until


a. Only if you have a serious problem should Jon call Mr. Franklin at home.

b. Only when you are satisfied is the sale considered final.

4. When clauses beginning with the word so+ an adjective or participle occur at the beginning of a sentence. Examples:

a. So rare is this coin that it belongs in a museum.

b. So confusing was the map that we had to ask a police officer for directions.

5. When clauses beginning with expressions of place or order occur at the start of a sentence (in these cases, the subject and main verb are inverted since auxiliary verbs are not used as they would be in most questions). Examples:

a. In front of the museum is a statue

b. Off the coast of California lie the Channel Islands.

c. First came a police car, then came an ambulance.

6. Items involving parallel structures

In certain structure items, the correct use of a parallel structures is tested. Parallel structures have the same grammatical form and function. Examples:

a. She spends her leisure time hiking, camping, and fishing.

b. He changed the oil, checked the tire pressure, and filled the tank with gas.


taken from : TOEFL 2 by ELI-GMU in cooperation with PAMU 2016