Here´s an excerpt from an article I wrote a while back on “English for Job Interviews”.
I have put together a list of what I believe to be the “Top 6 tips“ for someone interviewing for a job.
These are relevant aspects that someone applying for a job should be aware of, and which are true for any job interview, regardless of the language.
1. Research the company you are interviewing for.
The more you know about the company you are interviewing for the easier it will be for you to interact during the interview. It will also show the interviewer you are really interested in working there.
2. Understand the needs for the position you are applying for.
Anticipating what the company will expect from someone in that position will help you explain more easily how you could contribute if you were hired.
3. Know your skills and talents/abilities.
You can be certain to be asked about your strengths, so make sure to point them out clearly during the interview.
4. Do not speak badly about your previous employers.
Saying bad things about a previous employer would make a bad impression. The interviewer might get the wrong idea and think you are a troublemaker. As a consequence he/she might not feel comfortable hiring someone with that profile.
5. Practice a mock interview.
Simulations are crucial. You will feel a lot more comfortable during the interview after a dry-run since you can plan your answers carefully and anticipate what might come up.
6. Always have relevant questions for the interviewer about the position.
It shows you are really interested in the job, but remember you are there to primarily answer questions, so be sure to wait for the appropriate moment to ask.
José Roberto A. Igreja is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:
LET´S TALK ABOUT IT! – The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book, now available on the Amazon stores of the following countries:
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240 pages – 31 QR-CODES for the audio tracks (dialogues) “even the paperback comes with built-in technology”
A BRAND-NEW ELT BOOK!
600 Phrasal Verbs (with Jonathan T. Hogan)
Fluent Business English (with Robert C. Young)
English for Job Interviews (with Robert C. Young)
Essential American Idioms! (with Joe Bailey Noble III)