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Learn English to be prepared for your next job interview

Hello everybody! Here is a great English lesson for those who need to speak better English and learn how to deal with job interview questions:

Try to avoid giving answers that the interviewer has heard in countless previous interviews: "I'm hardworking" and "I'm a workaholic". As I say in my video lesson, you need to briefly mention some work experience you have in order to show that you have worked long and hard. Vocabulary often used in business English to describe working hard could be: working on a tight deadline, working weekends or working overtime.

Even if you don't have any work experience, you might have some experience working during an internship. In English, internship means paid or unpaid work which is directly related to the field of study of your high school, college or university major.

Team player? Team leader?

When you are talking about your strengths try to avoid giving superficial and overused words like "team player" and "team leader". You may be a one of thee but simply using them isn't going to impress the interviewer. Try to give a brief summary of some work experience you have had which shows off your strengths. In my video lesson, I give an example and give some good examples of working with an international team: bridging cultural differences and tailoring to local markets.

 

 

In my video lesson our interviewee says she is "the perfect fit" for the position she is applying for. A "perfect fit" means that someone or something is ideal. Be careful not to sound too overconfident because at the end of the day, it is really the interviewer who decides if you are right for the job. On the other hand, you don't want to sound desperate. Try to avoid saying something like, "I'll do whatever it takes to get this job". You want to give credit and value the work skills you have. 

In my video lesson our interviewee says she is "the perfect fit" for the position she is applying for. A "perfect fit" means that someone or something is ideal. Be careful not to sound too overconfident because at the end of the day, it is really the interviewer who decides if you are right for the job. On the other hand, you don't want to sound desperate. Try to avoid saying something like, "I'll do whatever it takes to get this job". You want to give credit and value the work skills you have. 

 

 

You might be surprised by finding out that many interviewees might let their real future career plans "slip out" i.e. reveal their secret by accident.

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