Business English Interview Preparation with English 4 Professionals
The primary goal for an interviewer is to determine whether you are qualified for the job and a right fit for the company. If you’re being interviewed for a job in an English speaking company, you will need to have an excellent grasp of business English.
If English is not your native language, it’s understandable that you may feel apprehensive ahead of an interview that will be conducted in English.
What type of answers you should give in Business English interviews?
Interviews are a good opportunity to show off your grasp of the English language. Interviewers will want to ensure you are articulate and can communicate ideas effectively and concisely.
The type of answers you should give in an interview should sell your skills but, more importantly, reveal your personality and your career aspiration. You want to express that you’re ambitious and willing to work hard to get to where you want to be.
Convey that you’re creative, proactive and able to work on your own initiative. And even if the butterflies are playing havoc in your stomach, try to project a confident outer appearance. When you appear confident you come across as competent.
The process of selling yourself in an interview can be a delicate topic. Whilst you don’t want to be self-deprecating, you don’t want to come across as arrogant and self-involved either. This is actually a sign of weakness.
It’s worth throwing in a few challenges you have been faced with in previous jobs, school, or life in general, and explain how you overcame them. Be careful not to go off-topic though.
The types of questions you should ask in an interview
Interviews are not only a chance for the hiring manager to learn about you, they are also an opportunity for you to determine if the company – and more importantly, the job – is how you want to spend your days.
Most interviewers will ask you if you have any questions. The likelihood is that most questions you have prior to the interview will have been answered during the interview. However, it’s in your best interests to be armed with some questions because it shows initiative, creativity and curiosity.
Your most important concern should be about the day-to-day experience. Think about questions in relation to the challenges you will face, who you will be working with, is the office a fun place to work, are social events organised, is there a canteen?
Making an emotional connection with the interviewer will increase your chances of success. So, when you’re asking questions about the workplace, make them personal to the interviewer:
What do you most like about working for this company?
How long have you been working here?
Do you see a future here, a career path?
How the interviewer answers these questions gives you a true insight into how it is to work for the company. Are they genuinely enthusiastic? Or are they trying to be positive about the company with the words they say, but do not convey the same message with their body language.
Improving your business English can help you secure jobs in companies that will help to enhance your career. Don’t let the best opportunities pass you by. Perfect your language skills by signing up for a Business English course with one of our native English tutors in Vienna.
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