Questions and Answers to Prepare You for a Job Interview in English
Job interviews are rather stressful, aren’t they?
You have to arrive on time, appear self-confident, knowledgeable and friendly at the same time, while you may be feeling extremely nervous inside. If the interview is conducted in a foreign language, it may become even more nerve-wracking.
- What do you do? Why would you like to work for us? Can you describe your main duties and responsibilities?
The questions keep coming and you have no time to give a well-thought-out answer.
In the following article, you will find some typical questions that may be asked during an interview, and you will also see some possible answers to help you prepare for this important occasion.
We don’t want you to worry about using correct English, do we? We want you to ace the interview!
1. How would you describe yourself?
(Also: What are your strengths / positive traits? Why should we hire you?)
- I consider myself hardworking / reliable / dependable / helpful / outgoing / organised / honest/ cooperative.
- I’m a team-player / an experienced team-leader / a seasoned (experienced) professional / a dedicated worker.
- I’m good at dealing with people / handling stress.
- I pay attention to details.
- I understand my customers’ needs.
- I learn quickly and take pride in my work.
- I love challenges and getting the job done.
2. What kind of qualifications do you have?
- I graduated in IT from the University of London.
- I hold a master’s degree (MA) / a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Modern Languages from the University of New York.
- I took a one year accounting training program at Oxford College.
- I haven’t done any formal training for this job, but I have worked in similar positions and have ten years of experience in this field.
3. Why did you leave your last job?
- I was laid off / made redundant, because the company relocated / downsized / needed to cut costs.
- I resigned from my previous position, because I didn’t have enough room to grow with my employers.
- I wanted to focus on finding a job that is nearer to home / that represents new challenges / where I can grow professionally / that helps me advance my career.
4. What do you do in your current role?
- I’m responsible for the day-to-day running of the business / for recording and conveying messages for the departments.
- I ensure that high standard of customer care is maintained.
- I liaise with the Business Development and Business Services Units.
- I deal with incoming calls and correspond with clients via e-mails.
- I’m in charge of the high-priority accounts.
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5. What relevant experience do you have?
- I have worked as a Sales Representative for several years.
- I have good organizational skills as I have worked as an Event Organizer / Personal Assistant for the last six years.
- I have great people skills: I’ve been working in Customer Service and been dealing with complaints for five years.
6. Why would you like to work for us?
- I would like to put into practice what I learned at university.
- I would like to make use of the experience I have gained in the past ten years.
- I believe that your company will allow me to grow both professionally and as a person.
- I’ve always been interested in E-Commerce / Marketing / Computer Programming and your company excels (is one of the best) in this field.
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7. What are your weaknesses / negative traits?
- I’m a perfectionist and I may be too hard on myself or my co-workers sometimes.
- I might need to learn to be more flexible when things are not going according to plan. This is something I’m working on at the moment.
- I occasionally focus on details instead of looking at the bigger picture. I’m learning how to focus on the overall progress as well.
8. When can you commence employment with us?
(When can you start work?)
- I will be available for work in January, next year.
- I can start immediately.
- I have to give three weeks’ notice to my current employer, so the earliest I can start is the first of February.
9. Do you have any questions?
- What would be the first project I’d be working on if I was offered the job?
- Who would I report to? Who would I be working closely with?
- Are there any benefits your company offers its employees?
- When will I get an answer? How soon can I start?
I hope you have found the above examples useful. Now it’s time to memorize the ones that you like and use them when needed. You’ll sound much more fluent this way. You can ask for help in the comment area below.
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