English Job Interview Survival Guide


October 31, 2013

Have you ever stopped to realize just how important communication is to you? Without being able to connect with other people, it not only stops you from achieving your goals and desires, it could also threaten any chances of getting a job.


An interview is a vital part of recruitment procedure. When communicating with employers, choosing the right words is crucial to creating a dynamic connection. Unlike readers or an audience that speaks a native language; such as yourself, listeners have only one chance to understand a spoken message. Interviews should therefore be prepared for the ear, using familiar words, easy-to-follow sentences, repetition, and a direct form of address.


According to a report titled What Students Must Know to Succeed in the 21st Century,


“Clear communication is critical to success. In the marketplace of ideas, the person who communicates clearly is also the person who is seen as thinking clearly. Oral and written communication are not only job- securing, but job- holding skills.”


When speaking, as a rule, try to follow the rules of grammar and usage associated with general American English (GAE), but as prepared for the ear. Listeners view speakers who use general American English as more competent – than those who speak in a distinctive dialect.


If you are a non-native speaker of English, think about public speaking, whether at a public gathering or a job interview as an opportunity to learn more about the English language and how to use it. Tell yourself that by studying public speaking you will find many good opportunities to improve your English and become a better communicator of English.


Here are some tips to help:


1.) Take your time and speak slowly. This gives listeners time to get used to your voice and to focus on the primary message you’re trying to convey.


2.) Identify English words that you have trouble saying. Practice saying these words five times. Progress slowly until the word becomes easier to pronounce.


3.) Offer words from your native language to emphasize your points. This will help the employer or listener to better appreciate your native language and accent.


4.) Practice with an audio recorder. This may help to pay added attention to pronunciation and articulation when listening. Pronunciation is the correct formation of word sounds. Articulation is the clarity of or forcefulness which the sounds are made, regardless of whether they are pronounced correctly. It is important to pay attention to and work on both areas.


5.) Practice often, preferably with a friend who is a native English speaker.

For more tips on how to be prepared and confident for your next English language job interview, check-out the lesson here.