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Applying and interviewing for jobs

affirmative action

noun

the policy of positive discrimination by employers

applicant

noun

someone who applies for something, such as a job or a loan of money

application

noun

a written request for a job or a place at a college, university etc

application form

noun

a printed list of questions that you answer in order to try to get a job, borrow money, get a place at university etc

apply

verb

to make an official request for a job or a place in a college or university, or for permission to do or have something

appraisal

noun

an interview between a manager and an employee, which allows the manager to judge how well the employee is doing their job

appraise

verb

to interview people who work for a company and tell them how well they are doing their job

bid

noun

an offer to do work or provide a service for a particular amount of money

bidder

noun

someone who competes with others to get the opportunity to do work or provide a service for someone else by offering to do it for a particular amount of money

biodata

noun

a cv

call back

to ask someone who is trying to get a job, a part in a play etc to return for another interview or audition

candidate

noun

one of the people competing for a job

character reference

noun

a reference for a job

come up

if something such as a job comes up, it becomes available

contest

verb

to compete for a job or for success in a competition

credentials

noun

documents that prove who you are or that show your qualifications or status

curriculum vitae

noun

a cv

CV

noun

curriculum vitae: a document giving details of your qualifications and the jobs you have had in the past that you send to someone when you are applying for a job. The American word is résumé.

headhunt

verb

to try to persuade someone to leave their job and go to work for another company

headhunter

noun

a person or company who searches for good staff and tries to persuade them to leave their jobs and go to work for another company

heir apparent

noun

the person who is most likely to follow another person in a job or position

interview

noun

a formal meeting in which someone asks you questions to find out if you are suitable for a job, course of study etc

interview

verb

to have a meeting with someone and ask them questions to find out if they are suitable for a job, course of study etc

interview

verb

to ask and answer questions to find out if you want to take a job, a place at university etc

interviewee

noun

someone who is being interviewed

interviewer

noun

someone who interviews people, especially as a job

marketable

adjective

marketable skills make an employer want to give you a job

the milk round

noun

a series of visits that major companies make each year to universities in the UK to interview students they might want to employ

positive vetting

noun

checks that an employer carries out to make sure that a new employee can be trusted to deal with secret information, especially in a government department

reapply

verb

to make an official request for something again, especially for a job or a place in a college or university

referee

noun

someone who gives information about your abilities and work experience when you are applying for a new job. The American word is reference

reference

noun

a referee for a job

reject

verb

to refuse to accept someone for a job or a course of study

rejection

noun

a refusal to accept someone for a job or course of study

rejection

noun

a letter that tells you that you have not got a job or a place on a course of study

résumé

noun

a cv

screen

verb

to get information in order to decide whether someone is suitable for something, for example a job

screen out

to refuse to accept someone who is not suitable for something, for example a job

screening

noun

checks that an employer makes in order to be sure that someone they want to employ is suitable for a particular job

spec

adjective

sent to an employer to ask for a job, when the employer has not yet advertised the job

testimonial

noun

a formal statement about someone’s qualities and character, usually provided by an employer. A more usual word is reference.

vacant

adjective

if a job is vacant, someone is needed to do it

vet

verb

to check someone’s character or reputation to find out if they are suitable for a particular job

headhunting

noun

marketability

noun

don’t call us, we’ll call you

used for telling someone that you are not going to offer them a job they have applied for

on spec

without being asked to do something, or without an agreement that something will happen

in/out of the reckoning

being/not being considered for a job or position

up for something

in a situation to be considered or examined for a particular status or job

food rave

a very large party where people eat, sell or share many different types of food, usually held outside or in a large public building

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bottom line

the amount of money that a business makes or loses

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dead white (European) male

a man … whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group … that was dominant at the time

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