Imagine this situation: You are looking for a job.
Due to the crisis, many people are doing the same as you. There’s a lot of competition, but you feel prepared. You have a degree or master or an impressive background, and you are a real professional.
…a call. It’s a company interested in interviewing you! They checked out your CV, and they want to know you.
Wow! You are excited! The day of the interview, you prepare yourself: you get a nice haircut, you dress appropriately (not too elegant, not too informal…), you are a bit nervous but focused, and the interview begins.
The interview begins…in English.
You didn’t see that coming. All your preparation, degrees, masters, background don’t seem important anymore.
During the interview, your confidence goes down. You get nervous; you’re not certain which vocabulary to use, you make silly mistakes.
Here’s the harsh truth: Not having interview skills in English will prevent you from getting the job of your life.
You can miss the opportunity of getting your dream job because good opportunities sometimes happen only once in a lifetime.
You never know when you’ll have an important interview, and you need to be prepared.
I know what I am talking about. During the last years, I’ve prepared hundreds of students specifically for job interviews in English.
However, there is good news…
If you already know some English, preparing a job interview is easy, and you don’t need too much time.
Let me show you how. Please keep reading.
THE NUMBER #1 MISTAKE When preparing a Job Interview in English.
Many people have to prepare job interviews in English.
Here is the mistake number one: They try to cover too much information.
They buy 300 pages of books with lots of explanations, vocabulary, boring exercises. All of this for an interview!
Question: How are they going to remember all of that during the interview? It is too much information!!
At a job interview, you need to be quick and fresh because you don’t have time to think!
You want to give a good impression, right?
So, what can you do? The answer is: Be specific.
You want to focus on a limited amount of information. This way you will be able to remember it in the interview!
You need to focus on the more frequent questions. You need to master them.
For example, you definitely need to automatize answers to questions like:
- Why are you interested in working for this company?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Aren’t you overqualified for this job?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- Describe a situation in which you had to provide negative feedback.
Please be honest with me: Do you know how to answer them effortlessly and confidently?
It’s not enough to how to answer but also to know the vocabulary involved. You need to “train” your English to do that.
That’s how I prepare my students. They know exactly what to expect at a job interview.