So it happened: You called the agent recruitment and informed that you have successfully passed the first stage of selection, and now you wish to communicate in English representative main office in London. Even scary, right? However, in most cases, our fears about such interviews are greatly exaggerated. It is enough to follow a few simple rules, and the chances of success are very high.
Let’s start with the details that are most common to the image than to the level of English. First of all, pay attention to what you’re wearing, and to the environment. The fact that at the time of the interview you are at home, does not mean that you can appear in front of a potential employer in a tracksuit or background cheerful cooker. Attire must be a business, and the situation — as close to the office. Further, during a conversation with someone, try as much as possible to look directly into the camera when answering his questions. Thus, it seems that you look into his eyes. In no case can not always watch your own video in the lower right corner of Skype — it distracts from the train of thought and forward look to the side. Finally, remember that Skype-interview — this same interview, like all the others, his goal — to evaluate you as a potential employee, because you can not afford to be uncollected, relaxed and distracted children / relatives / cat that jumps on your knees, etc. At the time of the interview, you should be quite alone.
Now let’s talk about the level of English required for successful interviewing. Contrary to popular belief, for it often enough level Intermediate. If you do not declare his candidacy for the position, which will have, for example, writing analytical articles or English-speaking shareholders to discuss the company’s strategy, experience is not necessary. Your employer does not need a philologist, he needs qualified staff in your area who can coherently explain their thoughts and understand what he wants from his foreign executives — and this is a clear level of Intermediate. Another cause for concern is usually the fear that during the interview, you will not understand anything you said. Of course, if you do have difficulty understanding the English language, this fear is well founded, and then you need to practice with listening and work out with the teacher before submitting the application for the vacancy with knowledge of English. If you realize 70-80% of what you hear on the recordings, there is no reason for feelings. If you do not understand something or do not catch, you can always use the classic I’m sorry, I did not quite catch that. Could you please say that again? Or Excuse me? The English-speaking environment such situations arise constantly, and people ask again each other under any, even banal reasons: did not hear, distracted, was line noise, etc. Your employer, of course, aware of all this, so if you do not ask for a repetition every three minutes, it may in no case will carry the fact that you do not caught, a low level of English.
And finally, how to answer the questions that you ask? Remember that if your employer notice that you’re reading the English text somewhere, you will be immediately removed from the list of nominees. Reading replies or blanks is unacceptable, even if you wrote it yourself. The exception is when you are asked to prepare a solution for an interview any workload or, for example, analysis of the market in your area. In this situation, you must notify the employer that now you can read your work, because you afraid that you may inadvertently miss something. All questions should be possible to answer honestly, because it distorted the facts in any moment can swim, and then your reputation will be irreparably damaged.
Some of the most common questions that are almost 100% but are given on any interview:
- Why do you want to work for our company?
- What can you contribute to our company?
- Tell us about your professional experience.
- Tell us about your educational background.
- Tell us about your strengths and weaknesses.
- How do you react to being criticized?
- Are you able to work under pressure?
- Do you prefer to work alone or in a team?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In the case of interviews for managerial positions are also common questions such as:
- How do you motivate your employees?
- How would you describe your management style?
- How do you handle conflicts within your team?
- What is the most difficult thing in your job?
A superb list of all (or almost all) of possible issues with examples of answers you can find on this page: http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewquestionsanswers/a/interviewquest.htm
As you can see, the successful completion of Skype -sobesedovaniya English is quite possible and easy. Go ahead, try it, try to — and you will succeed!