22 March 2017


Employers are using unusual questions in their candidate selection process for new reasons. The job search advice industry is so prolific that any candidate who researches knows he should prepare brief responses in advance to frequent standard questions.
These include job interview questions such as: "what are your strengths and weaknesses" and "what makes you the most qualified candidate for this job."
Interviewers use unusual job interview questions to assess how well the candidate responds to an unexpected question or scenario. Most unusual job interview questions do not have right or wrong answers. These job interview questions provide the candidate with the opportunity, according to Sarikas, "to demonstrate quick thinking, creativity, and even a sense of humor."
She says, "The interviewers are trying to catch a glimpse of the unrehearsed candidate in an unguarded moment. There is no way to prepare for these off-the-wall job interview questions so the interviewer is able to observe how the candidate responds and composes his or her thoughts. Some interviewers also ask unusual job interview questions to gain insight into the candidate's thought processes … they want to see how the candidate will think about the unusual job interview question."
Actual Tough/Unusual Job Interview Questions 

· If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

· If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see play the lead role as you?

· If you could be a super hero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

· If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

· If you had to be shipwrecked on a deserted island, but all your human needs -- such as food and water -- were taken care of, what two items would you want to have with you?

· If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

· If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?

· If you could have dinner with anyone from history, who would it be and why?

· If you could compare yourself with any animal, which would it be and why?

· If you were a type of food, what type of food would you be?

· If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

· If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you be?

· If you were a car, what type would you be?

· In the news story of your life, what would the headline say?


20 March 2017


  • Are you able to divide your time effectively between work and leisure?
  • What negative effects, if any, does your work have on you? What can you do about it?
  • If you could choose, would you change your job? Would you just change some of the conditions but keep the same type of job?
  • Rate the following in order of importance for you (not important; important; very important):
    • decent salary
    • higher salary
    • shorter working day
    • flexible working hours
    • friendly workmates
    • pleasant atmosphere at work
  • Are people willing to move further away from home nowadays in order to find work? Would you? Have any of your friends done this?
  • Would you be prepared to leave the country in order to look for work? If you HAD to leave the country where would you go to work?

More listening actiivites from the California Distance Learning Project, an adult education site. Choose a story and then click listen at the bottom of the page. 


Ageing is one of the most profitable fears of our time 
Age is an issue of mind over matter. (Mark Twain)
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. (Mark Twain)
Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. (Author unknown)
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle. (Bob Hope)
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. (Victor Hugo)
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. (Chili Davis)
Youth is a disease from which we all recover. (Dorothy Fulheim)
Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. (Caryn Leschen)

Which of these anti-aging treatments would you be willing to try? Money is no object:
  • Snail slime cream  anti-ageing treatment that helps to reduce acne and skin rashes as well as smoothing wrinkles
  • Emu oil –Used for centuries for its healing powers, emu oil leaves you with a glowing complexion
  • Bee sting venom –The venom from the sting is tranferred into a gel and then rubbed on the face as part of an intensive facial.
In the future, how likely do you think it is that medical science will keep people alive for much longer than today?
Would you like to live for 100 years? Why (not)?

What are your opinions of these statements? Talk about your own experiences:
-How old someone feels depends entirely on their health.
-TV ads represent older people in realistic ways.
-It’s easier for people under 40 to get a job than those over 40.
-The longer you live, the more eccentric you become.
-Companies which sell anti-ageing products don’t want people to feel good about themselves.

Are you happy with the age you are?
What is your perfect age? Why?
And what is the most challenging stage of life? 
'Age is just a number. You are as young as you feel.' Do you agree?
What problems do generation gaps bring about?
What advantages/disadvantages are there to being young/old today compared to in the past? 
What age range do you consider to be in the prime of life?
Would you exchange maturity and wisdom for the bloom of youth?
Medical science has enabled more people than ever to live to a ripe old age. Do you think this is always desirable? And what are the disadvantages?

To illustrate the issue, you can watch this Speakout video where passers-by answer these three questions:
In what ways do you feel different today than you did ten years ago?
What’s the best time of life do you think?
In what ways has ageing affected your life?
HT  http://mythatsenglish.blogspot.com.es

15 March 2017


Phrasal verbs are very common and are a really good way to make yourself sound more natural when speaking informal English.  CLICK HERE  and you'll find some exercises from the BBC.