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INTRODUCTION
Michael: Hi everyone, and welcome back to Polishpod101.com. This is Business Polish for Beginners Season 1 Lesson 20 - A Polish Job Interview. Michael here.
Marzena: Cześć I'm Marzena.
Michael: In this lesson, you’ll learn about job interviews. The conversation takes place at an office.
Marzena: It's between Monika and Tomek.
Michael: The speakers are strangers, therefore, they will speak formal Polish. Okay, let's listen to the conversation.
DIALOGUE
Monika: Proszę nam coś o sobie opowiedzieć.
Tomek: Skończyłem marketing i zarządzanie na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim.
Tomek: Do tej pory pracowałem jako przedstawiciel handlowy CPG Fruits. Mam również doświadczenie jako doradca biznesowy.
Monika: Dlaczego chciałby pan dla nas pracować?
Tomek: Bardzo lubię wyzwania i chciałbym spróbować czegoś nowego.
Michael: Listen to the conversation one time slowly.
Monika: Proszę nam coś o sobie opowiedzieć.
Tomek: Skończyłem marketing i zarządzanie na Uniwersytecie Warszawskim.
Tomek: Do tej pory pracowałem jako przedstawiciel handlowy CPG Fruits. Mam również doświadczenie jako doradca biznesowy.
Monika: Dlaczego chciałby pan dla nas pracować?
Tomek: Bardzo lubię wyzwania i chciałbym spróbować czegoś nowego.
Michael: Listen to the conversation with the English translation.
Monika: Tell us something about yourself, please.
Tomek: I majored in marketing and management at the University of Warsaw.
Tomek: Until now I was working as a sales representative for CGP Fruits. I also have experience as a business consultant.
Monika: Why do you want to work for us?
Tomek: I like challenges, and I wanted to try something else.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Michael: I hate job interviews. They’re always so nerve-wracking.
Marzena: I agree. It can be difficult to market yourself correctly in such a short time.
Michael: And some of the questions can be hard to answer.
Marzena: The questions we heard in the dialogue this time were pretty straight forward though, I think.
Michael: Yes, they were some of the more common questions. What are job interviews like in Poland? What are companies looking for?
Marzena: I think that the most important thing is your experience.
Michael: Try to make your experience relevant to the job at hand.
Marzena: The second most important thing is how you conduct yourself at the interview.
Michael: This can be the hardest thing. How important is education?
Marzena: It’s becoming less important, I think.
Michael: Finally, how do we say "CV" or "resume" in Polish?
Marzena: życiorys
Michael: Okay, now onto the vocab.
VOCAB LIST
Michael: Let’s take a look at the vocabulary from this lesson. The first word is...
Marzena: opowiedzieć [natural native speed]
Michael: "to tell"
Marzena: opowiedzieć [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: opowiedzieć [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Marzena: skończyć [natural native speed]
Michael: "to finish, to graduate"
Marzena: skończyć [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: skończyć [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Marzena: marketing [natural native speed]
Michael: "marketing"
Marzena: marketing [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: marketing [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Marzena: zarządzanie [natural native speed]
Michael: "management"
Marzena: zarządzanie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: zarządzanie [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Marzena: pora [natural native speed]
Michael: "time"
Marzena: pora [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: pora [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Marzena: przedstawiciel [natural native speed]
Michael: "representative"
Marzena: przedstawiciel [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: przedstawiciel [natural native speed]
Michael: Next we have...
Marzena: doradca [natural native speed]
Michael: "consultant"
Marzena: doradca [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: doradca [natural native speed]
Michael: And last...
Marzena: wyzwanie [natural native speed]
Michael: "challenge"
Marzena: wyzwanie [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Marzena: wyzwanie [natural native speed]
KEY VOCAB AND PHRASES
Michael: Let's have a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first phrase is...
Marzena: do tej pory
Michael: meaning "until now."
Michael: Let’s break this down.
Marzena: Do means "until" or "by." Next is tej.
Michael: This is a demonstrative in the genitive case for feminine nouns and means "this."
Marzena: pory means "period." It is the genitive of pora.
Michael: You can use this phrase to say that something was happening until this point in time.
Marzena: It can be used in both formal and informal settings.
Michael: Can you give us an example using this phrase?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... Do tej pory to oni wysyłali nam najpierw faktury.
Michael: ... which means "Until now, they were the ones who sent us the invoices first."
Michael: Okay, what's the next word?
Marzena: wyzwanie
Michael: meaning "challenge."
Michael: This is a neuter noun.
Marzena: Yes. Wyzwanie comes from the verb wyzywać.
Michael: This verb means "to challenge somebody."
Marzena: You can use the noun whenever you want to talk about a challenge.
Michael: It can be used in both formal and informal settings. Can you give us an example using this word?
Marzena: Sure. For example, you can say... To jest prawdziwe wyzwanie.
Michael: ... which means "This is a real challenge."
Michael: Okay, now onto the lesson focus.

Lesson focus

Michael: In this lesson, you'll learn about interviews. Let’s get our listeners prepped for a job interview in Poland, Marzena!
Marzena: We can definitely try! A question you’re likely to hear is Proszę nam coś o sobie opowiedzieć.
Michael: "Tell us something about yourself, please." If you are a man and want to talk about your education, you answer with...
Marzena: Skończyłem…
Michael: "I graduated from…" And for women?
Marzena: Skończyłam...
Michael: Here are a couple of university majors that you can use.
Marzena: matematyka
Michael: "mathematics"
Marzena: fizyka
Michael: "physics"
Marzena: chemia
Michael: "chemistry." If you want to talk about work experience, you can say...
Marzena: Do tej pory pracowałem/pracowałam jako…
Michael: "Until now, I have been working as…" Or you can say...
Marzena: Mam również doświadczenie jako...
Michael: "I also have an experience as…" Now let’s hear some job titles.
Marzena: zarządzanie
Michael: "management"
Marzena: programista
Michael: "programmer"
Marzena: przedstawiciel handlowy
Michael: "sales representative." Once you’ve talked about your education and employment, you’ll likely be asked why you are applying for the job.
Marzena: For example, you might hear Dlaczego wybrał pan naszą firmę?
Michael: "Why did you choose our company?"
Marzena: Or, Dlaczego zdecydowała się pani na zmianę pracy?
Michael: "Why did you decide to change your job?" They can be very daunting questions to answer.
Marzena: A common way to answer these questions, or any questions, is with ponieważ.
Michael: "Because." How can we answer these questions with "because"?
Marzena: Ponieważ chcę się rozwijać.
Michael: "Because I want to progress myself."
Marzena: If asked a direct question, you can drop ponieważ. Chcę się rozwijać.
Michael: "I want to progress myself."

Outro

Michael: Okay, that’s all for this lesson. Thank you for listening, everyone, and we’ll see you next time! Bye!
Marzena: Do zobaczenia!

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