How to do a successful interview in English

If you have applied for a position where knowledge of the English language is required, chances are you will need to take an interview in English.

The recruiter could conduct the entire job interview in English or switch, during the interview, from the questions in Italian to those in English.

The goal is to test your knowledge of the language and your readiness to switch quickly from one language to another.

During an interview in English, you will need to show the recruiter that you are competent and comfortable introducing yourself and describing your language skills and abilities.

As with all types of interviews, it is also necessary to dedicate the right time to prepare for the interview in English. You will need to review some expressions and formulas used in speech and informal situations, such as the job interview.

In this article, you will find preparation tips, questions in English, the best answers to give, expressions to use to convince the recruiter that you are the right candidate.

Preparation for the interview in English

Many candidates believe it is impossible to prepare for an interview, especially in English, as they say, they cannot predict what the recruiter will ask for.

The truth is the opposite. Except in special cases, the interviewer, during the interview, follows a standard line of questions, its main guidelines.

In fact, there are several recurring questions in a job interview in English that aim to investigate the most important aspects of the candidate to be evaluated.

Aspects that allow the recruiter to understand if you will be able to fit well into the company, if your career goals are in line with the vision of the company and if you will be able to bring the right value to the company.

To prepare yourself to answer the interviewer’s questions, follow this lead.

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Research the company (in English)

The first thing you’ll need to do is conduct thorough research about the company. You don’t have to just read the company’s website, you will also have to study its social profiles and search for news about the company to stay up to date.

Conduct your research in English, so you don’t need to translate content once it’s collected. Create a list with the key points about the company that you can mention during the interview.

Analyze the job post

Another fundamental step in preparing for an interview in English is studying the announcement. You will not only have to limit yourself to reading the announcement, but you will also have to highlight the basic requirements that the company requires, to relate them to what you own.

If the ad is in English, underline the words that are used to describe the characteristics of the role and the ideal candidate. You can use the same words to describe yourself when you have to answer the interviewer’s questions.

Retrace your career path

Many candidates believe they can easily remember their career history or don’t expect the recruiter to ask detailed questions about their experience. The consequence is that most of them do not remember important information about their previous professional experience during the interview.

Before showing up for a job interview, you will need to retrace your career path and train yourself to describe every single work experience you have had in English. Your description will need to be detailed, so focus on remembering important elements from your previous work.

Create a match between you and the offered position

Once you have gathered information about the company, analyzed the job posting and your work experiences, what you will need to do is create a match between what the company needs and what you can offer to it.

You will need to relate the keywords you highlighted in the announcement and the important information about the company with your skills, your career goals, and your skills.

This way you can effectively describe your skills in front of the recruiter and convince him that you are a good match for the company.

Prepare to answer

Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions about an interview in English, along with the expressions to use to answer them appropriately. Practice answering out loud to make your responses effective and persuasive.

These formulas will make it clear to the interviewer that you can structure a sentence formally and completely and have the right language skills.

Interview questions in English and how to answer

Tell me about yourself/Tell me about yourself

Usually, this question is always asked at the beginning of the interview, it is a way for the recruiter to break the ice and get an overview of your career path.

If you talk about past and finished experiences, and you mention the year in which you carried them out, remember to use the past simple, “In 2017, I worked for a year in a company based in Milan”, if instead you talk about ongoing experiences not yet completed you can use this formula “I have been working as a Social Media Manager for 2 years”.

Remember to also mention that you have particular qualifications and certifications, if these are necessary for the position offered and any relevant experience.

Why do you want to work here?

This question is very important. The recruiter wants to understand where your motivation lies: what prompted you to apply for this position and why you think that company is right for you.

Here, you can make use of your research on the company and the study of the ad, to demonstrate to the recruiter that you are a careful, prepared, and motivated candidate.

Use expressions such as: “I have read this company offers several opportunities for those who want to learn and grow in the field of…” or “I have been a customer of this company for many years, I’ve seen the work ethic of the employees and I think I can fit pretty well with the corporate culture…”

What are your strengths/What are your strengths?

To answer this question, remember not to be too modest or arrogant. During an interview in English, your goal is to best sell yourself as a candidate, so talk about your best qualities without shame.

Above all, mention those that have been recognized in your workplace by your managers or colleagues and that have helped you achieve important goals: “My boss used to tell me that I was a driving force in the team…

What are your weaknesses?

Pay attention to this question, the confidence created with the recruiter may lead you to be too sincere.

You don’t want the recruiter to show negative signs in your application, so try to mention weaknesses that have sometimes turned out to be strengths at work. Such as being very demanding or expecting a lot from you and others: “Sometimes, I can be very demanding…”

Why did you leave your last job?

Also, expect some tricky questions like this one during the English interview. Don’t fall into the recruiter’s trap by talking badly about your previous job, your colleagues, or bosses.

Rather, try to orient your response in such a way as to make it clear to the recruiter that you will find in the new company what was not there in your previous job. Use phrases like: “I am looking for an opportunity that allows me to grow and reach my career goals and I think this role is suitable for what I seek”.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

While this may seem like an innocent question to you, and you can answer it lightly, it’s an important question for the recruiter. The recruiter does not want to have the feeling that for you this job is a “temporary stopgap”, which is a temporary solution.

Instead, you want to be sure that you are dedicated to work and ready to commit yourself to achieve good results in the company. For example, you can say: “In five years I hope to have gained experience in leading projects with big teams. Indeed, I am excited about the opportunity this position offers to expand my responsibilities “.

Expressions to use

Here are a series of phrases you can use to describe yourself, your skills, your skills, and your goals during the interview in English.

A good phrase at the beginning of the sentence helps you formulate your answer effectively. Your goal is to show the recruiter that you know the right terminology to make your best assets stand out.

To describe yourself:

I’ve attended the University of…
I’ve worked for different companies, such as…
My main interest is in the field of…

To describe your qualities:

I’m good at problem-solving…
One of my best traits is my…
I have great communication skills…
I’m determined…
I have a positive mindset… I’m a great team player…
I’m very motivated…

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To talk about the company and your contribution:

This company has proven to be…
I think I will fit perfectly in this company because…
I believe I’m a great match for this position because…
I am impressed by the work of this company…
I am confident I will do a great job for this company…

To talk about your career goals:

I’m looking for an opportunity to learn/grow/improve…
I really want to contribute to the development…
I want to expand my knowledge…
I hope to gain experience in…
I want to explore and develop important skills in…

The latest tips

We conclude this article on the interview in English with the latest important tips to set you apart from other candidates and impress the recruiter.

Prepare to answer: “Is there anything you would like to ask?”

At the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions to ask or doubts to resolve. Answering this question with a “no” could cost you the chance to get hired.

Asking questions not only helps you to receive important information about your potential job or the company but also allows you to show the recruiter your interest and enthusiasm for the position. So, prepare some interesting questions for the recruiter.

Here are some examples: “Do you have a training program?” “Who will I work within this role?”

Be enthusiastic

In an interview in English, like any other job interview, your enthusiasm for the position matters as much as your preparation and skills.

Employers want to hire motivated candidates who enjoy the job they do, as this indicates that they will likely hold the position for a long time and do a good job.

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