The Bad Job Interview - Reading Comprehension

Read the text, then answer T (true), F (false), or NG (not given) to the statements that follow.

The Bad Job Interview

“Good morning, Mr. Sutherland. My name is Ms. Wall. I hope you didn’t have too much difficulty getting here this morning. You were expected fifteen minutes ago.”

“No. It was fine. The bus driver didn’t hear me signal to stop, and so I had to walk from the next bus stop. Not his fault. These things happen. Anyway, it’s a beautiful morning for a walk.”

“Do you have a driving license? It is one of the requirements for this position.”

“Yes. My car, however, was impounded by City Hall. Something about unpaid parking tickets. You know how they are.”

”Yes, well, let’s get down to business, shall we? I see from your résumé that you graduated from Rice University in Houston.”

“Does it? I mean, I studied there, but then I transferred to Community College, and the rest is history.”

“What do you mean by that? Did you graduate or not? Are you degreed?”

“Of course. I finished with a liberal-arts degree.”

“Yes, I see you have listed that here in your academic qualifications. It also says here you have a certificate in public speaking. From where did you attain that?”

“That was an online course I took. It was very challenging. I had to prepare a recording of a speech, which I submitted and received high marks.”

“You mean that you didn’t actually speak in front of a live audience? I thought you were skilled in public speaking.”

“I’m pretty sure the people who heard the recording were live, obviously. We’re speaking right now, and I think I’m doing rather well—that’s because I’m a people person, as they say. By the way, did I mention I am familiar with two foriegn languages, and, of course, I can speak my own native language fluently.”

“I see. Let’s move on to your work experience. How much time have you spent in sales?”

“You mean ... as in shopping, like at the mall?”

“No. No. I am referring to your selling items. Have you ever worked as a sales clerk or perhaps as a marketing representative? It says on your résumé you worked at Food Fair as a customer support agent. What were your responsibilities at that post?”

“Yes, I would assist in transporting purchased goods to our clients.”

“Logistics? Were you involved in product distribution? If so, at what level? What was in your job description?”

“It wasn’t that complicated. I just bagged the groceries for the customers and carried them to their cars. Some of them were pretty good tippers!”

“Well, I am afraid we’ve run out of time. Thank you for coming in, Mr. Sutherland. Should we require your services, we will most certainly let you know.”

“That’s good to know. Thank you, too. This is a fancy office. I hope I get the job.”