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Vocabulary Quiz
sales • covered • extent
compulsory • worth • faith • kicking
  1. My company really took a leap of when they hired me.
  2. It is that all students wear uniforms to school.
  3. I think he is trying, to some, to understand why she is reacting this way.
  4. We will have many additional promotions in next week.
  5. Did you feel like the experience was your while?
  6. Many reps get a bonus for high sales.
  7. He has the same sales region for almost 20 years.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.
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495 Job Description
Steve talks about his job and what he does.

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sales rep or cover

I work for a publishing company as a sales rep and I cover the Western Japan region.

'Sales rep' is short for 'sales representative,' and it is a person who travels around and tries to find new buyers of specific products.  The area that he sells in is the area that he 'covers.' Notice the following:

  1. She has been a cosmetic sales rep for nearly ten years.
  2. He covers the eastern part of Canada.

to some extent

My main job is to go around to the universities and, to some extent, the high schools.

'To some extent' means 'partly.' The example is saying that part of the responsibility is to go to high schools. Notice the following:

  1. I think, to some extent, it's easier to get around if you live in a city.
  2. To some extent, I understand what he is saying.

compulsory

In Japan, first and second year students have compulsory English education.

Something that is 'compulsory' is necessary or an obligation. Notice the following:

  1. We have a compulsory meeting for all employees on Friday.
  2. This class is compulsory for all new students.

worth our while

Those large classes makes it very much worth our while to visit those universities.

Something that is 'worth your while' is worth the effort that you put into it. Notice the following:

  1. I don't know if it will be worth our while to go all the way there if we are only going to be there for a little while.
  2. Now I'm beginning to wonder if all that extra school was really worth my while.

kick in

It takes a lot of time for the decision making process to kick in and for them to invest in our CD-ROMs.

Something 'kicks in' when it starts working. Notice the following:

  1. All of these policies will kick in next year.
  2. I'm waiting for my medicine to kick in, so I can feel better.

huge leap of faith

It's actually not a huge leap of faith to persuade them to invest a little bit.

When you take a 'leap of faith,' you trust what someone is tell you, and you take a risk. Notice the following:

  1. Many people took a huge leap of faith by voting for him.
  2. Investing that much money in a new company was a huge leap of faith.