So, after weeks of waiting, you finally land the job interview that’s guaranteed to boost your career! But before you can update your LinkedIn page or design a new name card, you must first pass a line of questioning by your potential new boss (who will likely be flanked by the company’s eagle-eyed wardens from the Human Resources department).
A job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. And when it is conducted entirely in English, this part of the recruitment process can be twice as challenging for non-native English speakers.
So, to help you boost your confidence, we have outlined five essential steps for you to follow and help you ace that job interview:
1. Dress appropriately
Even if the company to which you are applying presents itself as a laid-back tech start-up with bean-bag chairs and a mini pool table, always show up professionally dressed to a job interview. This means no jeans or food-stained garments of any kind! Remember, first impressions count, so if you arrive looking messy and unkept, you project the impression that you don’t care about the job. Furthermore, when you look good, you feel good, which boosts your confidence – and subsequently your English skills – in the face of an intimidating situation.
2. Study up
Prepare yourself for the job interview by studying up on the company; browse its official website and social media accounts and take notes if you have to. This will give you the time and materials to come up with English questions about the job. Also, by coming prepared to the interview, you show your interviewer that you are conscientious and can be equally prepared (or better) for any task that comes your way. Not to mention, knowing more about your potential future employer allows you to decide whether you really want to work there.