|I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]|
Suppose you are applying to work for a computer software company. What qualifications and skills would be needed in different positions within a company? What kinds of questions do you think you would be asked in a job interview for such positions?
HELPFUL TIP: If you are looking for a computer-related job, be sure you have the proper skills. Taking computer classes and/or educating yourself by reading up on the newest technologies will help you prepare.
|II. Listening Exercises [Top]|
1. Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.
Man: Okay, Mr. Taylor, let’s go ahead and begin. First of all, tell me about your last job.
Mr. Taylor: Well, as stated on my resume, I worked for five years at Hi Tech Computers.
Man: Okay. Hi Tech. And what do you know about computer networks and operating systems including DOS, Windows, Macintosh OS, and UNIX?
Mr. Taylor: Umm . . . well . . . I did come in contact with computers every night at my last job.
Man: Hum! . . . And how about web site authoring skills? [Oh]. We are looking for someone to create and manage our company’s web site which would include the development, configuration, and use of DOS, Windows, Macintosh OS, and CGI scripts.
Mr. Taylor: Umm . . . uh, web page, web page. Huh . . . I don’t think I’ve read that book, and I’m afraid I’ve never used those CGI things.
Mr. Taylor: Well . . . I think I’ve tried Java at a foreign coffee shop one time, if that’s what you mean.
Man: Okay, Mr. Taylor, I think I have ALL the information I need!
Mr. Taylor: Oh, and I really like computer games. I play them everyday.
Man: Right, right. Thanks Mr. Taylor. We’ll be in touch.
|Key Vocabulary [Top]|
- DOS (noun): Disk Operating System
– Fortunately, most computer users don’t need to remember DOS commands to run today’s computers.
- UNIX (noun): a powerful operating system used, for example, in business or at universities
This Website runs on UNIX server.
- CGI (noun): Common Gateway Interface, a computer language commonly used for the Web
– I use a CGI script to handle my online forums on my Website.
- Java (noun): a computer language used to write programs for the Internet
– Many webmasters use JAVA to design programs for use on their Websites.