How to pass a job interview in English

Whatever your industry, there are times when the first impression really counts. How you look and how you speak can affect your entire life. Then what you actually say is of great importance and, as a smart person, you understand what an essential role your English plays in your job interview in English. Do you really want to get your dream job? Do you want to work in an international team? Do you aim to be a famous specialist? If so, start with passing your job interview and then never stop!

But just like a journey of a thousand miles, your brilliant career begins with a single step, which is the interview. You’d better remember that and do your homework well because the best improvisation is well-prepared.

Here are 10 of the most common interview questions:

  1. What is your educational background?
  2. What is your work experience?
  3. Have you ever taken part in any workshops, conferences, internships etc. related to the job?
  4. Why should we hire you?
  5. What do you know about our company?
  6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  7. Are you ready to go an extra mile?
  8. Why did you leave your last job? / Why do you want to leave your current job?
  9. What languages do you speak and what is your level?
  10. What are your hobbies?

Think carefully about the best way to answer these questions. Make sure your answers are true and grammatically correct. If possible, practice answering the questions with a partner. But don’t forget about the first minutes of the interview. They are extremely important!

Here are some phrases for a small talk at the beginning of an interview:

  • Thank you for inviting me to the interview.
  • Is the position based in this office/building?
  • How many people work here?
  • What a great location!
  • The offices are impressive.
  • I see you have an open plan office / canteen etc.

Remember to use the phrases appropriately! It goes without saying that there are many possible approaches. The phrases you see above are just common cliches.

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OTHER USEFUL PHRASES:

  • Relevant experience
  • I would like to tell you about my most recent position.
  • I currently work as…
  • I’ve been working as a/an (+ occupation) for (+ company) for (+ duration).
  • I make a lot of plans and lists, but often the plan goes out the window and I think on my feet.
  • I used to check and double-check the work of my staff obsessively. As I climbed the career ladder, I’ve had to learn to trust others to do their jobs.
  • I see myself as…
  • It’s my ambition to be…
  • I’ve always been really interested in…
  • I am good at…
  • Does the salary come with any perks or bonuses?
  • What is the working culture of the company like?

Again, please remember about the importance of relevance and appropriateness. Make sure you use any cliche right and it sounds natural in the situation you are in.

We hope that the tips will prove useful and you’ll pass the interview with flying colors. Don’t waste your time and prepare well. We’ll be happy to help you make the most of the preparation period because we have a lot of useful information to share. But most importantly, we can help you work on the situations, questions and answers which you are likely to get and give. We guarantee a highly customized course which suits your needs best. Contact us and see for yourself!