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Learn English with English television: Job Interview Pursuit of Happyness

Gap-fill exercise

Level B2 - Upper Intermediate, American English

 

The Pursuit of Happyness (note that this not the correct spelling of happiness!) tells the true story of Chris Gardner as he battles to overcome all his problems and to make something of himself. Don't turn up for an interview as Chris does in this clip, but there is some useful vocabulary here connected with meeting people and arranging to meet them again, and some useful adjectives for selling yourself at an interview.

Watch the video and fill in the gaps:

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble.
The Pursuit of Happyness (note that this not the correct spelling of happiness!) tells the true story of Chris Gardner as he battles to overcome all his problems and to make something of himself. Don't turn up for an interview as Chris does in this clip, but there is some useful vocabulary here connected with meeting people and arranging to meet them again, and some useful adjectives for selling yourself at an interview. Watch the video and fill in the gaps:

Lady: Chris Gardner.
Chris: Chris Gardner. How are you? Good morning. Chris Gardner. Chris Gardner. to see you again. Chris Gardner. . I‘ve been sitting out there for the last half hour trying to come up with a story that would explain my being here dressed like this. And I wanted to come up with a story that would demonstrate qualities that I’m sure you all admire here, like or or team-playing or something. And I couldn’t think of anything. So the truth is, I was arrested for failure to pay parking tickets.
Jay: Parking tickets? What?
Chris: And I ran all the way here from the Polk Station, the police station.
Fox: What were you doing before you were arrested?
Chris: I was painting my apartment.
Fox: Is it dry now?
Chris: I hope so.
Fox: Jay says you’re pretty .
Jay: He’s been waiting outside the front of the building with some 40-pound gizmo for over a month.
Fox: He said you are .
Chris: I like to think so.
Fox: And you want to learn this business?
Chris: Yes, sir. I want to learn this business.
Fox: Have you already started learning on your own?
Chris: Absolutely.
Fox: Jay.
Jay: Yes, sir.
Fox: How many times have you seen Chris?
Jay: I don’t know. One too many apparently.
Fox: Was he ever dressed like this?
Jay: No. No. Jacket and .
Fox: First in your class in school? High school? How many in the class?
Chris: Er, twelve. It was a small town.
Fox: I'll say.
Chris: But I was also first in my radar class in the navy. And that was a class of twenty. Can I say something? I’m the type of person, if you ask me a question and I don’t know the answer, I’m gonna tell you that I don’t know. But I bet you what, I know how to find the answer, and I will find the answer. Is that fair enough?
Fox: Chris, what would say if a guy walked in for an interview without a shirt on, and I him. What would you say?
Chris: He must have had on some really nice pants.

Jay: Chris. I don't know how you did it dressed as a garbage man but you really pulled it off in there.
Chris: Thank you very much Mr. Twistle.
Jay: Hey, now you can call me Jay. Alright. We'll talk to you soon.
Chris: So, I'll let you , Jay.
Jay: You'll, you'll let me , Jay. What do you mean?
Chris: Ye, I'll give you a , tomorrow or some time.
Jay: Wait. What are you talking about? You hounded me for this. You stood here...
Chris: Listen. There's no .
Jay: No.
Chris: I was not aware of that. My circumstances have changed some ...and I need to be certain that I'll be...
Jay: All right. Okay. Tonight. I swear I will fill your spot. I promise. If you back out, you know what I'll look like to the partners?
Chris: Yes, an ass... A-hole.
Jay: Yeah, an ass A-hole, all the way. You are a piece of work. Tonight.
Chris: There was no . Not even a reasonable promise of a .

Chris Gardner is broke and desperate but he hasn't given up. Here, as everything seems to conspire against him, he arrives late for a job interview in his making it even harder to convince the interviewing panel that he is the right man.
It isn't recommended that you go to interview in the clothes you used to paint your apartment or that you arrive late, but there are some useful adjectives here you can use to "sell yourself" and expressions you can use when you meet someone for the first time and arrange to get in touch with them again.