Interviewing for jobs in the English-speaking world can be a challenge, particularly for someone without a work visa or who speaks little or no English. However there are many ways to prepare to give your best possible performance, and these tips will help you get through any interview with flying colors
There are two types of interviews for foreigners: an oral interview, which is meant to test speaking skills and knowledge; and a written interview in which the interviewer asks questions about experience relevant to the company’s needs. The following tips apply only to oral interviews
The interviewer will ask you a few basic questions (about your background, education history, etc) but their personal interviewers often probe deeper into areas that interest them.
In this post, we’ll look at the best 5 interview tips for non native english speakers.
- Dress appropriately
In many Asian cultures, it’s considered rude to wear expensive clothing, so don’t show up in a suit if you’re applying at a fast food chain. However, better to overdress than underdress: Don’t show up barefoot and in rags if you want to work at the Ritz. To find out what’s appropriate for the job you’re applying for, call or email the company and ask about dress code. If you can’t get through to someone on the phone, try sending an email instead. Then check online to see what others are wearing at that company or in that profession.
Keep your body language relaxed and alert, but avoid sitting ramrod straight on the edge of the couch.
- Use standard English and grammar correctly
Your interviewer will be impressed with you if you use correct English, especially as most English speakers in Asia are not native speakers. Be aware that a few words have different meanings in different contexts: The word “but” means “on the other hand” when used at the beginning of a sentence; “of course” and “totally” are often interchangeable, especially in writing. Try to avoid slang expressions . Be aware that grammar is different in the U.S., Australia, Britain, and Canada. When Americans say “You guys,” for example, it doesn’t mean that you’re plural and female. Making small mistakes doesn’t mean you’re dumb-just be sure to practice using proper English just as you would a foreign language. This will also make you seem more intelligent.
- Keep cool when answering questions
The interviewer’s job is to test your comfort level in English and see how well you handle stress under pressure. Please don’t overdo this by adding pauses in the middle of your sentences and unnecessarily long stops between words or phrases—this can sound stilted and fake.
- Don’t babble on
It’s fine to have pauses in your conversation, but don’t go into such a long silence that it’s awkward for you or the interviewer. Pause for about three seconds before responding to a question. This will allow you to gather your thoughts and avoid jumping into an answer too quickly, which can sound muddled and unthought-out.
- Be prepared for negative questions
Some interviewers ask negative questions because they’re looking for specific answers-not because they want bad news about your personality or skills. If that happens, don’t get upset and blurt out something unintelligent; instead, think carefully about how you could turn the situation around. For example, if you’re asked “What would you do if you were faced with a difficult coworker?” and you haven’t ever had such a problem, simply say that you’d probably be faced with the same challenges that most people do-that it’s human nature to feel uncomfortable in a tense situation.
In conclusion, preparedness is important. Be quick to learn the differences in American English . Also, don’t be afraid of using phrases like “my experience is…” or “usually….” because it shows the interviewer that you’re flexible and open-minded. Good luck!