One of the most important things to do during a job interview in english is also one of the most difficult. You must show that you are different from the other candidates.
So how do you do this? The answer is as simple; it’s all about a few key sentences and the language you use.
Sometimes, just a few changes can help you speak english with confidence to make you seem unique and memorable.
Tell your interviewer that you want the job
You may think that you are being enthusiastic, but many interviewers finish the interview without a good idea if the applicant actually wants to work there.
Of course, you will act like you are excited about the opportunity. But why not go one step further? Don’t be afraid to tell the hiring manager that you want to work there.
It may feel strange, but sometime this simple sentence is all it takes to stand out.
Every candidate will say, at the end of the interview, “Thank you for this opportunity, I look forward to hearing from you.”
But you want to be different. You want to be the one they remember most of all. Instead, try other useful expressions for interviews such as, “Thank you for this opportunity, I would be thrilled to work here if I receive your offer.”
After all, which candidate would you hire?
Connect yourself to the company values
Hopefully, you’ve done enough research about the company and you can recite the company’s About Page without a second thought.
That’s great, but so has every other applicant for the position.
So how do you show that you are different when the hiring manager asks you, “What do you know about the company?”
The answer is to use your knowledge about the company’s values and ethics and connect yourself to these values.
Don’t just repeat the information back to your interviewer. Tell them why these values are important to you.
|“I know that this company values transparency and sharing ideas with everyone in order to encourage innovation.”|
A better applicant:
|“I know this company values idea sharing to promote innovation and that’s something I value because at my previous job we implemented a similar model and I was able to see first-hand the results of encouraging everyone to take part in innovation.”|
Have a plan
One question that many people forget to prepare for goes like this: “What will you do if we offer you the job?”
It’s the type of question that can make or break your entire interview. Most candidates will give a vague idea of what they will do.
However, the best candidates have specific steps planned out. The best candidates know exactly what they will do if they receive an offer.
To answer this, tell the interviewer what you will do (for example learn about the current projects and introduce yourself to your team members) and, more importantly, how you will do it.
You don’t have to have everything planned out exactly, but you should be prepared with examples and ideas if you want to be different from the others.
|“In my first few weeks I would get to know my team members and learn about the procedures and daily tasks of my role. After that, I will begin a new project so I can immediately make an impact at the company.”|
A better applicant:
|“Well, first I will sit down individually with each teammate and get to know them a little so we can start to form a good working relationship. Next, I’ll spend as much time as I need to become familiar with the procedures of my new position by applying myself to the training and welcome material. When I’m ready, I will start identifying ways to improve efficiency in the office and present project ideas to my superiors.”|
Have a conversation
At the end of the day, an interview is not an exam you are studying so you can pass. An interview is a way for the employers to get to know the potential employees.
Most candidates will enter with an idea of exactly how the conversation will go. Typically, they will hear a question and give the answer they have practiced.
However, their plan will probably fall apart in the first few minutes.
Prepare for the interview, but find someone who will help you prepare by asking both, unexpected and common interview questions and giving you the opportunity to improvise.
In the actual interview, don’t be afraid to show your personality or make a joke if you think the conversation is going well. React to the other person and you will impress your hiring manager.
Showing you are different from the other candidates can be difficult. But, with the right english interview preparation and language, you can impress your hiring manager and increase your chances of being hired.
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