No one likes job interviews, but if you're interviewing in English and English isn't your native language, you're probably extra nervous. Don't worry, you can definitely do well in your interview if you prepare.
How to prepare? Research the company, practice answers to common interview questions, and practice common English words and phrases used in job interviews.
20 English words and phrases for job interviews
Here is a set of basic words to study. These aren't the only words you'll need, but it's a good place to start.
"Why are you interested in the position?"
2. TO APPLY
(to register for something; to turn in your application for something)
"Why did you apply for this job?"
3. JOB DESCRIPTION
(the written details of the job that tell you what the duties are)
"Did you understand the job description?"
(the things necessary to do the job)
"Do you meet the requirements for this job?" (Do you have the skills and experience we need?)
(the person being considered for the job)
"We are interviewing all the candidates tomorrow."
(the person applying for the job)
"The first applicant is coming in at 4 o'clock today."
(Human Resources/the Human Resources Department - also called the Personnel department)
"First, you will have a phone interview with HR."
8. HIRING MANAGER
(the person who is the manager of the open role that you are applying for)
"The hiring manager's name is Jason Brown."
9. ACCOMPLISHMENTS or ACHIEVEMENTS
(positive things you've done)
"What are some of your accomplishments?"
10. SKILLS or ABILITIES
(something you do very well; a strength)
"Do you have the right skills for this position?"
(a quality or accomplishment that makes someone right for a specific job)
"Your resume shows that you have all the right qualifications for this job."
"What are the responsibilities of this position?"
(involvement in; participation in)
"Do you have experience working with children?"
"Tell me a little about your previous job."
"Tell me a little about your current job."
16. A GOOD FIT/A BAD FIT
(fit = match = appropriate)
"I'm a good fit for this position."
(full-time = working 40 hours a week or more; part-time = working less than 40, usually around 20)
"Is this position full-time?"
(lasting forever/for a short period of time)
"I'd prefer a permanent position if possible."
"I think we should make him an offer."
"Did you get an offer?"
(discuss something with the goal of making an agreement)
"I want the job but I'm not happy with the offer. I plan to negotiate."
"Is there room to negotiate on salary?"
If you have a job interview coming up soon and you're a non-native English speaker, you should practice your job interview vocabulary and review your English overall. Try to practice with a friend or a teacher who can tell you about your mistakes.
I’m happy to say that after working with me, my clients, who range from entry level to executive level, have done well in their interviews and gotten the job they wanted.
If you’d like to work with me to prepare for your interview, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a free 15 minute consultation or a full interview prep session.
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