Calling up to find about a job vacancy

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You saw an advertisement which says “hiring freshers now”. You are looking for a job and hence – you decide to call the recruiter to enquire about the vacancy. Making calls in general – for enquiring about anything in life is a must have skill. The way you speak and phrase your questions speaks a lot about you as a person. It gives out your confidence level and fluency in English. However, when you start calling up for a job vacancy, it is very important to keep a note of your tone and language. Here is where Modals come into the picture. 

Modals are nothing but helping verbs. They add an expression of “asking for permission” before the action word. For example – May I come in? Here – “May” is the modal verb. May denotes permission and this is exactly how modals are used. On that note, let’s look at some examples which will help you phrase your questions related to job vacancy enquiries better.

  • Could you please brief me about the position?
  • Could I please understand the job requirement and eligibility?
  • May I borrow your pen to sign these papers?
  • May I know the due date for the application process?
  • May I know when the selection process begins?


Key Takeaways

  • Modals are helping verbs. Modals help to express the mood of the main verb.
  • We use modals like might, shall, can, could, should, may, will and would while calling up to enquire about a job vacancy.

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Power Words :

  • Recruiter
  • Denotes
  • Enquiring
  • Eligibility
  • Fluency
  • Modals


Critical thinking challenge question :

Assume you are appearing for a job interview. And you needed to ask questions in between the conversation. Frame at least 3-5 questions on how you will ask the hiring manager.


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