How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English
5 Tips to Prepare for a Job Interview in English
One of the reasons people study English is job interview preparation. If you want to work or study in an English speaking environment you will also need to go through application process in English.
Going for a job interview is usually stressful enough as it is, but when you have the additional hurdle of needing to communicate in a language which is not your mother-tongue, it can feel like an almost impossible task.
However with the right strategy you can give yourself a good chance of success.
First of all, make sure you can actually do the job. Of course you can be optimistic and aim high, but you should have the basic skills to do the job. After that comes the question of how to convince the interviewer that you are the best person for the vacancy. This means selling your skills and experience. You also need to make them feel that they really need you.
The above is what any applicant in any country would need to do. However, someone who is not fully fluent in the English language will have to make an extra effort to seem as capable as an English native speaker.
Here are 4 Tips on How to Prepare for a Job Interview in English
Tip 1: Learn English Vocabulary Relevant to the Job
Research the field and job. Make sure that you can describe in English everything that you will be doing on a day to day basis. If you are doing administration, you need to know how to talk about typing, computers, filing, taking notes, minutes and spreadsheets etc.
If you are fixing cars, you need to know what the parts of a car are called in English – the fact that you might not speak English very well, will be disguised by the fact that you know the ‘tools’ of the trade well. A good example of this is in the field of IT. You can have a low level of English, but as long as you know the computing terms and have the qualifications, you stand a good chance of getting hired.
Tip 2: Stay in Your English Grammar Safe Zone
Stick to English phrases and tenses that you are very familiar with, don’t leave your safe-zone unless you have no choice. People often try to use big words or tenses that they are not comfortable with yet. This means that your level of English fluency might seem much lower than it actually is, because you are trying too hard. Don’t do it! Just talk as though you are chatting with your English neighbour, it will be much more fluid and relaxed. It is OK to speak simple English.
Tip 3: Try to Make Your First Language an Asset
Try to find a way in which your extra languages will be an asset for the employer. It will make their company seem more international or may attract international clients.
Tip 4: Be Prepared to Talk in English about the Employer
Make sure you know the English translation of the main points on their website. If there is an English version of their website, read this one and make sure you are able to talk in English about the company and its activities. It is likely they will ask you what you know about the employer, so be prepared.
Tip 5: Take some English Lessons to Get Confident
It is also a good idea to take a couple of private English lessons for job interview preparation. You can ask your teacher to go through the vocabulary you need for the interview, make sure you get the English pronunciation right, practise typical job interview questions and answers as well as do a mock job interview.