Going through a job interview is never easy, especially if it is in a foreign language. In a globalised market, job interviews in English are becoming increasingly common, therefore we need to be prepared if need be.
The good news is that job interviews in English are pretty similar to those in Spanish language, which means that the same general rules apply. However, if you want to increase your probabilities of success, keep in mind the following tips:
- Prepare your interview carefully. Check the job description and think about how your skills and experience fit into it. Anticipate certain questions that are very likely to turn up such as:
- How would you describe yourself? (remember, always work-related). Tell them about how you work (e.g. well-organised, enjoy working in a team, fast-learner and so on) and include remarks about personal goals and ambitions.
- Why would you like to work in this company? Do some research on the employer’s current business and operations and explain why you would like to be part of it and how you could contribute to the achievement of the company’s goals
- What are your strengths? Everything you say here has to be backed with evidence, therefore you need to give examples. It is good to incorporate vocabulary like “being proactive”, “being a team-player”, “focusing on” or “take the initiative”.
- What are your weaknesses? Even if you don’t feel comfortable telling the interviewer about things that might damage your image, it is necessary to acknowledge your limitations. In many cases, it is possible to turn them into assets, for example, if you tell them that sometimes you take on too many tasks because you are enthusiastic and eager to learn.
- Be always confident, but never memorise, since it is essential to sound (and look) natural at the same time. Don’t worry about your accent or pronunciation as long as you speak fluently and make yourself understood.
- Don’t be afraid to ask. Interviews are not mere interrogations or tests, the employer also wants to interact with the candidate. If you want the interviewer to repeat or rephrase the question, say so. Additionally, by the end of the interview you will be asked if you have any questions. Do not hesitate to inquire further about the job description, the company’s mission and goals or personal development opportunities (e.g. training schemes to employees).
- Generally, stick to the required skills and experience, don’t give any irrelevant details about your personal life, and avoid questions that can be easily answered by checking the job description or the company’s website (for example, “what does your company do?” or “what are the main tasks involved?”)
And now, go and get the job of your dreams!