The Interview - Fiction (Grade 10)

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The Interview - Fiction

Katherine glanced at her watch again, realizing that a mere six minutes had gone by since the last time she had checked it. It was astonishing how slowly time passed when waiting; she felt like a massive bundles of nerves, excitement, and anticipation. Her job interview was scheduled for two o'clock in the afternoon, approximately three minutes from now, and somehow those minutes like an eternity.

While waiting, Katherine continued to practice her responses to some of the questions she expected to face during the upcoming interview. She wanted to make a favorable impression on the interviewer and planned to highlight her strengths and work experience, while admitting to a few flaws, as her guidance counselor at high school had advised her to do. Finding the perfect balance between confidence and humility was the key to getting hired, the counselor had said, and Katherine planned to walk out of the interview an employed student.
1. 
Based on this passage, which statement about Katherine is most likely true?
  1. She is not qualified for the job opening.
  2. She is not aware of her personal weaknesses.
  3. She is not going to be surprised by the job interview.
  4. She is not planning to follow her counselor's advice.
2. 
What conclusion can the reader draw about Katherine after reading this passage?
  1. She does not like her guidance counselor's advice.
  2. She is feeling self-assured about her chances of being hired.
  3. She is worried that she won't know the answers to interview questions.
  4. She does not necessarily want to be employed by any company.
3. 
Why does time seem to be going so slowly for Katherine in this passage?
  1. She is eager to complete the interview and go home.
  2. She is concerned she will be late returning to school.
  3. She is worried she will forget the answers she practiced.
  4. She is anxious about how the interview is going to go.

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