Imagine that you have found the perfect job opportunity: you really like the company, its benefits, and the job you’re interviewing for. However, you might be feeling nervous about the recruiting process because the company you’re interviewing at is American… and the whole process will be conducted in English.
As a non-native English speaker, you might feel insecure about the next step: the interview.
Don’t worry! We can help you get prepared to ace this interview and land this life-changing opportunity!
How to get prepared for the interview beforehand
Being prepared to interview will help you feel more confident about yourself and your skills and, at the same time, it will boost the chances of landing the job you want. The perfect way to get ready for your next interview in English is by learning (a lot) more about the company, thinking about the questions they might ask you, and practicing your responses.
Learn all about the company!
More likely than not, this won’t be your first job interview ever, but it is always interesting to remember why it’s so important to research the company beforehand. When you get to know about the company, you learn important things that will help you navigate their recruiting process. For instance, you’ll learn about their values, what the company does, its culture, the industry that the company is in, its brand voice, and more!
This way, you’ll also get a clearer picture of what you should expect from working there.
Start the research through the company’s website to know all about it. Read all the information available there and have in mind that it would be great to write down some interesting points or questions that you noted. Also, use the company’s social media as an information source.
The next step is to visit websites that provide feedback on the company, so you’ll know what people think about its products or services and how the interaction between the company, its clients and employees work.
Pro tip: Try to do all the research and keep your notes written in English. It’s a perfect way to learn the company’s concepts, vocabulary and projects in English, and at the same time, you’ll be putting your English communication skills into practice. This, in turn, will help you feel more comfortable and confident for the interview.
Plan your presentation thoroughly
Now that you know all about the company and the job opportunity of your dreams, let’s focus on you! You should know that there’s a lot to consider before doing the interview.
For example, it’s important to have time to think about both your hard and soft skills alike, successful past projects, and how you usually add value to your job opportunities. Besides that, don’t forget to have your speech prepared for some common interview questions, such as:
- What do you like to do in your free time?
- When do you feel most inspired?
- What are your passions and career aspirations?
- Why are you the best candidate for this position?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What career achievements are you most proud of?
Preparing for these questions in the language you’re going to be interviewed in can help you to be more confident about yourself, your career path, your professional goals, and your reasons for choosing this job opportunity. Use a notebook to write it down and have it by your side during your interview.
Practice, practice, practice
We know that it can be frustrating and challenging when you feel like you can’t express yourself in a proper way because your English level is non-native.
However, taking time to practice the language is going to improve your communication skills. Besides practicing your English in writing as you do your research, try to be more in contact with content in English by reading blog articles, the news, and even listening to podcasts or watching movies.
Most importantly, practice your speaking skills, it is the best way to feel more confident for the interview. Read your presentation speech out loud in a way that you are able to see how you look like: First, you can try it in front of a mirror, and then you can do a video recording that simulates a real interview.
This process will help you feel more comfortable speaking and hearing yourself in English. As a result, you will be confident and shine as you are supposed to!
Don’t hesitate to ask for support
Remember that you are not alone! Don’t hesitate to ask your family, friends and other people you are comfortable with to help you prepare for the interview. You can ask them to help you with a mock job interview or you can even get help from professionals that specialize in helping candidates land the job of their dreams.
Having these support strategies helps you to raise your English speaking level since it may be a way to receive feedback from people you already know and feel comfortable with. So don’t be shy and use your support network to improve your English skills even beyond the job interview!
Time to nail that interview!
You have already learned all about the company and the job opportunity, prepared your presentation, and reviewed the most common interview questions. You are one step closer to landing that job!
Keep in mind that the interview is a conversation between you and the recruiter, so it’s expected that you ask questions to the interviewers as well. It’s a chance to get to know more specific things about the company or job opportunity that you couldn’t find in your research and that might have value for you.
For instance, you might want to know more about:
- Their work structure and workflow;
- How the company manages employee career growth;
- What the company has in mind for its future.
Remember that as they try to know if you are a match with the job opening and their company culture, you can also judge if it’s the right position for you and if the company matches your own values and goals. Good luck!