Situation 35 The Interview
Erina shows up at Pizza Palace for her interview with the store manager.
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Erina: Hello, is Mike here?
Todd: Oh you know, I'm sorry, he's out. He's doing a delivery. Can I help you?
Erina: I actually came here for the job application. I was going to talk to him about the job
Todd: Oh right, right. Are you Erina?
Erina: Yes, I am.
Todd: Okay, yeah, Mike told me all about you. Actually we are hiring, so, but he said that you're not Canadian, right?
Erina: Yeah, I'm actually an exchange from Japan.
Todd: Okay, so, with your visa, do you have a work-agreement? Can you work on your student visa?
Erina: Yes I can.
Todd: Okay. Well, let me tell you about the job. Basically we need somebody to work about 10 hours a week. We have two jobs available. One is to make pizzas, and another job is to make deliveries.
Todd: Would you be comfortable driving around Vancouver?
Erina: Yeah, I would actually love to, because I would... I have to... learn about the roads, but I'm really interested in driving.
Todd: Well, since you're new to Vancouver maybe we should start you out just making pizzas at first?
Todd: Do you have any cooking experience?
Erina: Yes, I love cooking.
Todd: Well it's pretty basic what you have to do. You just make the pizzas, everyday. You work in a team, there's usually 4 people, and we'll start you out basics, with the basics first. Just putting on the toppings, and putting the pizza in the oven.
Erina: Oh that sounds pretty easy. I can do that.
Todd: Okay, well, tell me about your schedule. What days can you work?
Erina: I can work on Tuesday and Thursday, and the weekends.
Todd: Okay, how many hours would you like to work every week?
Erina: I can work 5 hours, 6 hours a day.
Todd: Okay, we need a little more than that.
Erina: A little more?
Todd: Yeah, could you work maybe 10 hours a week, would that okay?
Todd: Basically what we would do is, need you on the weekends, maybe 8 hours?
Todd: 4 hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Todd: And then maybe 2 hours one night during the week.
Erina: Okay, I can arrange my schedule.
Todd: Okay. What I need you to do is, come back in and bring in all your documents
Todd: Your passport and things like that. And, we'll have one more interview with the other manager, and if it works out, we can get you started.
Erina: Oh, thank you. So I'll bring all the documents for you the next time we (bring)... the next time I come in.
Todd: Okay, well great. Thanks a lot for coming in Erina.
Erina: Oh, thank you so much.
Mike is not here. He's out.
When someone is out, that means they are not there but that they should be back soon. However, it also usually means it is unsure when the person will be back. Here are a few other examples:
- Mike is out now. Can I take a message?
- I will be out all afternoon. Tell me if I get any messages.
Do you have a work-agreement?
Here, a work-agreement is just an agreement between two countries to let their citizens work in each other countries. For example, Australia and Japan have a work-agreement where their young people can work in each other's countries for one year.
We should start you out making pizzas.
If you start someone out doing something, that means you will teach them how to do something. If you start out making pizzas, then you begin making pizzas before learning something else. Notice the following:
- I will start you out with and easy task before giving you another.
- New learners of anything start out making mistakes before learning from them.
I can arrange my schedule
When you arrange a schedule, then you change the times of appointments or make new ones. If someone is going to arrange their schedule, then they are likely changing the time of something already planned to accommodate something else. Here are a few examples:
- I am busy this week, but let me arrange my schedule so I can see you.
- She said she can't arrange her schedule for us.
If it works out, we can get you started.
When something works out, that means it happens without problems or inconvenience and will continue to happen for sometime. When people talk about something working out, they often are talking about some relationship between more than one person. Notice the following:
- I hope this job works out. I don't want to look for a new one.
- The house I wanted to get didn't work out. I will have to look for a new one.