Post By ESLPartyland_Nina
Preparing for an interview
Have an interview coming up? Congratulations! I know getting an interview, no less a job, can be quite difficult nowadays. English is of course only becoming more and more necessary in the lives of everyone around the world. That's why employers are slowly, but surely, implementing English into their interviews. Sometimes your entire interview might be in English. Don't fret, I know this can be intimidating, but keeping some of these tips here in mind can help you get through it. I know you can do it!
What questions can I expect?
This is a popular question asked by many students. You can expect the same questions they would ask you in any other interview, just in English. A few simple questions, yet challenging to answer can be:
Tell me about yourself.
I don't know why, but this can be a difficult question to answer. What about me?! For this question, while it's important to involve your love or passion for, let say sales, it also important to mention who YOU are. So a brief mini history into your life would be appropriate here. Let's not get personal and talk about your recent divorce, your love for hunting, or how you won the science fair as a small child. What they want to know is some general things about you as a person. What do you enjoy doing and then work into how you got into sales and why you enjoy doing it.
Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses.
Another challenging question. So simple, yet, what do they really want to hear? For this one, your strengths should come rather easy. What are you really good at? The hard part is mentioning your weaknesses. We don't want them to sound bad or actually be a weakness at all. What do I mean by this?
Well, we definitely DON'T want to say this:
I am sometimes unorganized and come to work late.
You won't be getting the job if you say this. It might be your weakness.... but you don't need to tell them that. If this is your weakness, you should look into bettering this part of your work life anyway.
Something that would be more appropriate would be:
I always strive for everything to be 100%, and sometimes I can be too much of a perfectionist.
Oh, that sounds nice doesn’t? It doesn't even sound like a weakness right? Exactly. That's what your 'weakness' should sound like. Make your weakness sound like a strength.
So besides practicing these common questions that they could ask, and looking into the questions that might be asked for your specific field, a few tips would be nice right?
Everyone knows that English is not your first language. You don't have to pretend. They all know you speak another language natively. So don't try to cover it up by learning fancy words or by trying to speak fast. Breath, chill, and then answer the question. It better for a small pause to gather your thoughts than to ramble and stumble upon words because you spoke too quickly or tried to add words that 'sound nice.'
Practice. This one is obvious but I know you're going to forget to do it. You will think, “oh, I'm fine.” Then when it's too late, and your sat in the chain across from your potential new boss, you will have wished you practiced a bit more. If you practice answering questions you can only benefit. To take this tip a step further, do it in front of the mirror. You will be able to feel more confident this way and you can check out your body language which is just as important as the words you say.
Taking a few interview prep classes wouldn’t hurt either. Whether your going to a formal class after work, getting a few online classes in, or even chatting it up with your native English speaking friend, it can only benefit you.
Last but certainly not least, breathe. Don't get too worked up. I know it easier said than done, but really be mentally be prepared. Don't freak out. It will only hinder your performance.
So before you tackle and ace the interview you have scheduled get a bit of practice here.
Answer a question I mentioned above with your “best interview ready answer.”
What happened during your last interview?
Have you had an interview in English?
What other questions do you want to practice answering?
Any English interview success stories to share?
Anything else you want to share with the ESL Partyland community?
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