SPEAKING 8: A JOB INTERVIEW

SPEAKING 8: A JOB INTERVIEW

Happy Wednesday! Imagine you have a job interview in English. What kind of questions may you have to answer? Which expressions do you have to use to make a good impression? What can you do, apart from smiling, to get the job? If you want to succeed, you must read this post. Come on!

First of all, what´s an interview? According to WordReference (one of our favourite online dictionaries) an interview is ‘a formal meeting in which one or more persons question, consult or judge the worth of another person’.

Secondly, are you ready to confront a job interview? If you think you need some pieces of advice, carry on with this post.

BASIC TIPS FOR A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION

  1. Arrive on time (at least, five minutes earlier).
  2. Pay attention to your body language (keep eye contact, give a firm handshake, smile…)
  3. Give short and powerful answers.
  4. It´s important not to be too aggressive and colloquial, but also not to sound impractical and use rethorical phrases.

GREETINGS AND INTRODUCTIONS

Hello.

-Good morning / Good afternoon /Good evening.

-Pleased to meet you. / Nice to meet you. /Delighted to meet you / Glad to meet you /Happy to meet you.

Can you introduce yourself?

My name is…

How are you?

I´m fine, thank you.

Where are you from?

I´m from…

Where do you live?

-I live in…

How old are you? 

I´m… years old.

How many members are there in your family?

There are four of us in my family.

-I´m married / I have two children…

MAIN TOPICS

1. Your life course (background and experience).

What have you done in your life? / Why did you choose this field of study? / What kind of person are you? / How would you describe yourself? / What important choices have you made in your life and why? 

You have to talk about your life, your interests and hobbies.

For example:

-When I am not working, I like to spend time reading and writing.

-I love animals.

-I participate in charity

I am an experienced… / I have worked or helped for many years with…

 

2. Competences (skills and personal characteristics)

Will you fit into the team? / What are your qualities? / What experiences on your CV are relevant for this position? What role do you normally take on a team? / What are your greatest strenghts? And your greatest weakness?

For example:

-I´m proactive and work well in a team.

-I have strong writing skills.

-I am a skilled saleswoman.

-I have learned to resolve customer issues effectively.

I believe I have the qualifications and experience that you require.

I am hard-working and sensible.

-I like working with people.

A piece of advice: Don´t exaggerate your strenghts. E.g. I am the most gifted applicant you will encounter.

3. Your motivation.

Why do you want to work with our organization? / Why did you apply for this position? / Where do you see yourself in five years? / What do you know about this company and its activities?

-Your sustainable strategy appeals to me.

I am interested in your company as it would enable me to gain experience of working in a larger company with the opportunities for professional training and development that this brings.

FAREWELL

Before leaving the interview, make sure you know what to expect from that point on with the hiring process and remind the interviewer you´re a passionate about the role.

-Do you have any concerns about my abilty to do the role?

-I would be delighted to… / I would like the opportunity to…

-I look forward to hearing from you…

-I hope you will consider me for this position…

-When can I expect to hear back from you?

-Good bye /Bye.

-Have a nice day /night.

-Same to you.

-Thank you / You´re welcome.

 

Connectors

When speaking, try to use connectors to link your ideas. That way your speech sounds more natural. For example, you can use:

-Moreover /Besides / In addition/ Furthermore / What´s more (Además, lo que es más)

-However / Nevertheless (Sin embargo)

-Despite +  verb-ing (A pesar de…)

-On the one hand /on the other hand (Por una parte, por otra parte)

-Firstly, secondly, thirdly, next, finally… (Primeramente, en segundo lugar, en tercer lugar, después, finalmente…)

-Although (Aunque)

-Consequently / As a result… (Consecuentemente, como resultado…)

-To cut a long story short… (En resumidas cuentas…)

-To sum up (Resumiendo…)

-In other words / To put it another way… (En otras palabras…)

And that´s all for today!

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