JOB INTERVIEW IN ENGLISH – THE FULL GUIDE
1.The Speak English Now Course to Prepare for a Job Interview in English (in only 7 days):
You can download for free the first 7 questions of the complete Job Interview audio course. You can listen to the audios on the web although I recommend downloading all the lessons since you can also read the transcripts:
Imagine this situation: You are searching for a job.
Due to the crisis, many people are doing exactly the same as you. There’s much 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 below zero. You get nervous, you hesitate on the vocabulary to use, you make silly mistakes…
Here’s the harsh truth: The risk of not having interview skills in English is…
…you can lose the job of your life.
You can lose the job of your life 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.
1.What do you know about our company?
¿Qué sabe sobre nuestra empresa?
2. Are you the best person for this job? Why?
¿Eres la mejor persona para este trabajo? ¿Por qué?
3.Why do you want this job?
¿Por qué quiere este trabajo?
4.Tell me a little about yourself.
Cuéntame un poco sobre ti.
5.How do you evaluate success?
¿Qué es para ti el éxito?
6.What are you passionate about?
¿Qué te apasiona?
7.Tell me about your work experience.
Háblame de tu experiencia laboral.
8.What were your responsibilities in your previous job?
¿Cuáles eran sus responsabilidades en su trabajo anterior?
9.Describe a difficult experience at work and how you handled it.
Describa una experiencia difícil en el trabajo y cómo la manejó.
10.Describe your short term and long term career goals.
Describa sus metas profesionales a corto y a largo plazo.
11.Describe your work style.
Describa su estilo de trabajo.
12.Do you prefer to work alone or on a team?
¿Prefiere trabajar solo/a o en equipo?
13.What is your greatest strength?
¿Cuál es su mayor virtud?
14.What is your greatest weakness?
¿Cuál es su mayor debilidad?
15.How do you handle stress and pressure?
¿Cómo maneja el estrés y la presión?
16.How do you feel about working overtime?
¿Está dispuesto a trabajar horas extraordinarias?
17.How long do you expect to work for this company?
¿Cuánto tiempo le gustaría trabajar en esta empresa?
18.Why are you leaving or have left your previous job?
¿Por qué va dejar o ha dejado su trabajo anterior?
19.What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
¿Qué es lo que le agradó o no le gustó de su trabajo anterior?
20.What was your biggest accomplishment or failure?
¿Cuál fue su mayor logro o el mayor fracaso?
JOB INTERVIEW TIPS:
- Find out as much as possible about the company.
- Use vocabulary you’re comfortable with.
- Practice interviewing in front of a mirror or record yourself.
- Don’t answer with just a “yes” and “no”- elaborate your answers, provide examples if applicable.
- Do not make the mistake of telling the interviewer what you want to tell him.
- Keep your answers to interview questions short and to the point.
- When you prepare your job interview answers, write down some keywords, and not phrases.
This way when you have to answer the questions it will seem more authentic, and you will not forget your ideas.
Tell me a little about yourself
“Tell me about yourself” = “Why should I hire you”?
You need to communicate your personal attributes and the skills and accomplishments you have achieved so far.
The interviewer wants to hear that you are well qualified for the job that you are an easy-going person, require little training, and have a positive attitude.
The interviewer does not really want to hear that you are a quick learner, or where you went to school and please don’t say your name or your age. You’ve already mentioned this on your CV (resume).
Remember that you don’t need to share personal information about your family and avoid talking about politics and controversial topics.
I believe I would be a good candidate for your company because:
I’m an easy-going person and an excellent communicator that works well with everyone and I enjoy very much working on a team.
I’m really persistent and I like challenges and I always want to improve at everything I do.
In my spare time I enjoy playing tennis and reading books.
What’s your greatest strength?
Think about what the interviewer would find most interesting about you – and most important to the job you are applying for.
Initiative, Determination, Problem solver, Flexibility, Creativity, Proactivity ,Well organized,
“After having worked for a couple of years, I realized my strengths are the ability to use my own initiative to take on challenges. I’m always proactive and that keeps my mind stimulated and focused. I’m also very positive. No matter how hard the situation or challenges are, I always think positively because it keeps me calm and focused. It helps me to become a more confident and productive person.”
What’s your greatest weakness?
This question is designed to test analytical abilities and self-awareness, so having a confident answer to this will impress. Avoid taking a self-deprecating approach in an attempt to win the interviewer over.
The best answer, is to describe a weakness that could also be viewed as a strength, for example, “I usually get very passionate about my work, therefore I get frustrated if my coworkers don’t share my enthusiasm”.
Select a suitable answer for the position you are applying for.
Don’t answer with a typical response like “I’m a perfectionist” or something similar. This is a very important question and you should give a proper answer to it.
For example, explain how you’ve already overcome something.
Something you need to improve:
“I must admit that English is an ability I need to improve considerably. However, I’m aware this is only a temporary problem. I’m definitely studying hard to improve my communication skills”.
Something you have already improved:
“One of my weaknesses was not asking for help. In the past, I’ve always tried to solve my own problems instead of asking a coworker for help. But now I’ve realized it would have saved me time and furthermore, it’s more efficient to work this way.”
1.WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?
Many people focus mainly on what to answer, but it is vital how you answer. The interviewer will take a close look at your self- confidence and preparation, so it is critical that you prepare this beforehand.
Memorize 3-4 good aspects that fit with the job requirements. They can be specific skills, background, degrees, etc. Then you can mention them.
Tips: Focus on the company’s needs
Don’t say things like: I need the money; the location is close to where I live.
Be natural: Don’t mention just the aspects like a robot.
Why are you the best candidate for the job?
Why do you want this job?
What would you bring to the position?
Tell me something that is not on your CV (resume).
2. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF.
My suggestion is to put yourself in the shoes of the interviewer to imagine what he or she needs to know about you.
Don’t give a long recitation of your CV (resume).
It isn’t the time to mention that you love dancing and bingo.
Give a concise answer, this means that you should get to the point or to keep it short.
Include the most relevant experience that shows that you are the best candidate for this position.
Share some information about your achievements and goals.
What would you like me to know about you?
What should I know about you?
Can you just walk me through your background?
3. WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN WORKING FOR THIS COMPANY?
You will need to research the company and the job description so you can give an accurate answer. This question is not about you and what you want. The employer wishes to see that you are excited about the job offer and that you have spent some time learning about the company and the position.
Don’t give a too-general answer that could apply to any company by saying something like this: “It’s great and I’d love to work here.”
Why Should I Hire You?
What Do You Know About Us?
Why are you interested in this position?
4. DESCRIBE YOUR CURRENT OR MOST RECENT JOB ROLE.
Be prepared to describe your top achievements (accomplishments) and responsibilities in this job. Focus on the areas most relevant to the work that you would be doing if hired.
Don’t try to describe absolutely everything that you do. Focus on the job requirements.
Define any unfamiliar terms. Explain details that could be confusing.
What is your most recent/relevant experience?
Tell me about your experience.
5. IF YOU COULD BE ANY ANIMAL, WHICH WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
This is your chance to show off your creativity and inventiveness. The interviewer wants to see how you respond spontaneously.
Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with this question.
It doesn’t matter a lot what animal you choose, although I would avoid animals that have negative associations, like snakes, rats, or chickens.
These are some of the mistakes you should avoid in a Job interview in English:
1. Arriving late.
2. Arriving too early.
3. Lighting up a cigarette, or smelling like a cigarette.
4. Bad-mouthing your last boss.
5. Lying about your skills/experience/knowledge.
6. Wearing the wrong (for this workplace!) clothes.
7. Forgetting the name of the interviewer.
8. Wearing a ton of perfume or aftershave.
9. Shaking hands too weakly, or too firmly.
10. Wearing a Bluetooth earpiece.
11. Failing to research the employer in advance.
12. Failing to demonstrate enthusiasm.
13. Inquiring about benefits too soon.
14. Talking about salary requirements too soon.
15. Being unable to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question.
16. Failing to make a strong case for why you are the best person for this job.
17. Forgetting to bring a copy of your resume.
18. Failing to remember what you wrote on your own resume.
19. Asking too many questions.
20. Asking no questions at all.
What to say in a Job Interview in English part1
Imagine this: You are searching for a job.
There’s much competition, but you feel prepared.
Due to the crisis, many people are doing exactly the same as you.
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 below zero. You
get nervous, you hesitate on the vocabulary to use, you make
Here’s the harsh truth: The risk of not having interview skills in
English is…you can lose the job of your life.
You can lose the job of your life 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
I know what I am talking about. During the last years, I’ve
prepared hundreds of students specifically for job interviews in
Let me give you some valuable tips to help you get that job!
Prepare in advance:
– You will need to answer many questions.
YOU NEED TO…
– to be concise (get to the point)
– Answer exactly the question that you are asked- before answering the questions you should make sure that you know yourself well enough.
– Make a list with your best skills, awards, achievements, strengths etc but also your weaknesses.
– You need to show the interviewer why you are different (unique)
After you have finished this list and you know strengths and weaknesses very well, then you can start answering some common questions.
Here’s the mistake number one: Trying to cover too much information.
Some students buy 300 pages 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!!
In a job interview, you need to be quick and fresh, because you
don’t have time to think!
I agree that you will need some help with this.
Sometimes it’s hard to think about what to answer.
This is very important: Don’t memorize.
Arrive on time. Not too soon not too late. Just relax and take a sit
in the waiting room.
Remember to be concise, to answer exactly what you were asked,
look them in the eyes and check your body language your posture.
IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED IN A JOB INTERVIEW:
- Show enthusiasm for the position and company.
- Be concise. Always answer the question asked.
- Be yourself and show the employer why you are unique.Be prepared to answer uncomfortable questions.
- Practice. Practice. Practice.
- Don’t focus only on your qualifications, strengths, andweaknesses.
- Focus on what the employer expects from you.
- The employer wants to hire someone who matches thequalifications for the job, and that will have a great performance in the enterprise.AVOID THESE COMMON INTERVIEW MISTAKES:
- Not knowing yourself well enough. (Your skills, goals, strengths or weaknesses)
- Not being on time.
- Not doing research about the company.
- Not getting to the point. (Not being concise)
- Not putting yourself in the interviewer’s shoes. (And focusmore on what you want from the position)
- Not being honest.
TELEPHONE AND VIDEO CONFERENCE INTERVIEW TIPS:
- Disable your alarms or any other distractions.
- If your interview is over the phone, smile and makegestures. This way you can add personality to your voice.
- Dress professionally. It will help you get into the interviewmode.
- Perform several test video calls before the job interview.
- Get comfortable seeing yourself on camera.
This how you can answer the question >>> TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF <<<
My suggestion is to put yourself in the shoes of the interviewer to imagine what he or she needs to know about you.
- Don’t give a long recitation of your CV (resume).
- It isn’t the time to mention that you love dancing and bingo.
- Give a concise answer, this means that you should get to the point or to keep it short.
- Include the most relevant experience that shows that you are the best candidate for this position.
- Share some information about your achievements and goals.
– What would you like me to know about you?
– What should I know about you?
– Can you just walk me through your background?
Vocabulary: Introvert, dedicated, hardworking, confident, dependable, and outstanding
Example: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF
“I have spent the last three years developing my skills as a customer service manager for HMCompany, where I have won several awards, and I have been promoted twice. I am excited about managing teams and solving customer problems and I am looking for a new role that will challenge me.”
How would you answer this question?