English Job Interview: Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!

Prepare properly for your English Job Interview | Self-Assessment 1

Preparing properly for your job interview is one of the most important things you can do for your career development. However, the weeks leading up to your interview can be very stressful. If you are a non-native English speaker and your interview is taking place in English, then the stress levels increase even further.

To pass any job interview, it is vital that you know both yourself and the company inside out. You need to have a clear understanding of your own skills, experience, talents, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, interests, work values and achievements, and additionally, you need to be able to express all of this in English.

An excellent way to prepare for a interview is to conduct a thorough self-assessment. Your self-assessment, if completed properly, acts as an invaluable bank of knowledge from you can find the information required to answer any type of interview questions, even the strange and awkward ones.

I have been using the self-assessment method with my students for many years and it really helps them to formulate their thoughts in English before they start preparing answers to common interview questions. I hope it helps you too!

I will post the second self-assessment in a couple of days. Please leave any comments or questions below.

Self-Assessment 1 – Qualities and Skills
Your first job interview self-assessment should focus on the skills and qualities that you possess and how they can be applied to the job you are applying for.

Qualities / soft skills
Your qualities include your ‘soft’ and ‘interpersonal’ skills. They are non-technical and related to your attitude, personality, values and character. You need to highlight your qualities throughout the interview when you discuss your work experience.
Some common qualities that are generally sought after by employers include:

· Advanced communication skills
· Ability to work as part of a team
· Crisis management skills
· Positive, can-do attitude
· Goal-orientated
· Ambitious
· Flexibility / adaptability
· Reliability
· Motivational skills
· Self-awareness
· Creativity
· Honesty / Integrity

When describing your qualities in the interview please ensure that you discuss the qualities that are most relevant to the position you are seeking! ALWAYS link your answers to the job description.

Grammar Tip!!
Many students have a habit of mixing up nouns and adjectives when it comes to describing their qualities.
Use the verb BE + ADJECTIVE when talking about qualities
I am reliable / I am highly motivated / I am creative
NOT >> I have reliable / I am reliability

Use the verb HAVE + NOUN when talking about skills
I have great motivational skills / I have advanced crisis management skills
NOT >> I am motivation

Hard Skills
Questions regarding your technical ability will be specific to your career and job responsibilities. Hard skills are teachable qualities, you can learn them and then improve them, for example learning a new language and then becoming proficient in it over time.

Hard skills include
· Proficiency in a foreign language
· A degree or certificate
· Typing speed
· Machine operation
· Computer programming
· Accounting
· Medical procedures

Task 1
· Make a list of your qualities and skills in relation to the job requirements.

Task 2
· Use these skills and qualities to help you answer the following questions.

  • Describe yourself.
  • What applicable skills and expertise do you have?
  • What can you contribute to this company?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • Describe a challenging work situation / project and how you overcame it.
  • Describe how you develop relationships with new colleagues.
January 18, 2019
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I'm Padraic and I'm an English language trainer from Ireland. I have been teaching university students and business professionals since 2009! I now teach full-time online while also running my own blog and website called PJC English. I have helped hundreds of students to improve their fluency, pass job interviews and improve their IELTS band score!! I go the extra mile to ensure that you improve your English! ★ MA Adult Learning / BA English Literature / TEFL ★ Specialize in Business English, IELTS Speaking Prep and English Job Interview. ★ Focus on building confidence, fluency and accuracy. ★ Practical, engaging teaching materials Book your trial lesson today!!! About my Classes Business English Lessons based on practical business situations and designed around your individual needs. Learn vocabulary and language structures specifically for the world of business and the modern international workplace. I have business materials for professionals of all backgrounds. IELTS Learn how the exam is assessed and graded and practice with sample test papers. Improve your range of vocabulary and grammar, and develop your test-taking skills. Job Interview Prepare for all kinds of interview questions with expert interview advice and feedback. English Conversation Coaching Build confidence, Improve common errors, expand and retain vocabulary, reduce your accent and correct your pronunciation. About Me ★ Highly-organized, professional teacher with a patient, compassionate teaching style. ★ Excellent communication and motivation skills. I will help you to feel more confident about your English. ★ English Coaching available. I will advise and guide you through your language journey. Your learning does not stop at the end of the class! ★ Experience with students from Korea, China, Europe. Middle East and Latin America. ★ Run my own blog and website with useful, practical English learning materials. www. pjcenglish.com
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I'm Padraic and I'm an English language trainer from Ireland. I have been teaching university students and business professionals since 2009! I now teach full-time online while also running my own blog and website called PJC English. I have helped hundreds of students to improve their fluency, pass job interviews and improve their IELTS band score!! I go the extra mile to ensure that you improve your English! ★ MA Adult Learning / BA English Literature / TEFL ★ Specialize in Business English, IELTS Speaking Prep and English Job Interview. ★ Focus on building confidence, fluency and accuracy. ★ Practical, engaging teaching materials Book your trial lesson today!!! About my Classes Business English Lessons based on practical business situations and designed around your individual needs. Learn vocabulary and language structures specifically for the world of business and the modern international workplace. I have business materials for professionals of all backgrounds. IELTS Learn how the exam is assessed and graded and practice with sample test papers. Improve your range of vocabulary and grammar, and develop your test-taking skills. Job Interview Prepare for all kinds of interview questions with expert interview advice and feedback. English Conversation Coaching Build confidence, Improve common errors, expand and retain vocabulary, reduce your accent and correct your pronunciation. About Me ★ Highly-organized, professional teacher with a patient, compassionate teaching style. ★ Excellent communication and motivation skills. I will help you to feel more confident about your English. ★ English Coaching available. I will advise and guide you through your language journey. Your learning does not stop at the end of the class! ★ Experience with students from Korea, China, Europe. Middle East and Latin America. ★ Run my own blog and website with useful, practical English learning materials. www. pjcenglish.com
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