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[ESL/EFL] Tips for a Successful Job Interview
Tenth in a series of English language lessons from Jennifer Lebedev
Jennifer Lebedev (jenesl)     Print Article 
  Published 2008-08-20 02:35 (KST)   

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Tip No. 1

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Be cheerful and polite when you greet your interviewer. You should be on your feet, smiling and making eye contact.

"Hello! It's good to meet you. Thank you for inviting me in."

In many Western cultures, a short handshake is appropriate at this time.

Tip No. 2

Be open to making small talk, but don't ramble on. Give standard replies to standard questions. For example:

"How are you today?" -- "Fine, thank you. And you?"

"It's some weather we're having, isn't it?" -- "It certainly is."

"Did you have any trouble find us?" -- "No, not really."

This is one case where not telling the whole truth is completely acceptable. If you planned well, you arrived on time and any difficulties getting there are not worth mentioning. Don't talk about getting lost or missing your bus. If you want to add a few words, you can say: "I enjoy coming to this part of the city." or "Your receptionist gave very good directions."

Tip No. 3

There will always be typical questions about your work experience, strengths, weaknesses, goals and salary expectations. But the interviewer may also throw in some unexpected questions to get a better feel for who you are and how you'd fit in at the given company. Even if the interview is in your own native language, it's possible for these more creative questions to be unclear. Instead of guessing what the interviewer really wants to know, you can ask for clarification:

"So if I understand correctly, you're asking me"

"Let me start by answering But perhaps I'm not headed in the right direction. Did I understand your question?"

Tip No. 4

Even if you possess a great many qualifications, you may begin to feel that you're not giving the right answers or making the best impression, so one acceptable strategy is to get the interviewer to talk a little. You should listen and try to get an idea about what the interviewer is looking for in the ideal candidate. Ask something like this:

"Can I ask how long you've been here? Have you enjoyed the experience?"

"I got a good impression as soon as I entered the office, but I have yet to really observe everyone in action. How would you describe the work environment here?"

Tip No. 5

Find out what the timeline is. You want to sound interested and committed without being overly confident or authoritative. For example:

"Could I ask when you expect to make your decision? All right, that sounds fine. If you'd like to follow up with any other questions, you have my contact information. I'd be more than happy to talk with you again."

"When would I learn your decision? Very good. I look forward to hearing back from you."

Tip No. 6

Wait for the interviewer to end the meeting. When the interview is drawing to a close, smile and thank the interviewer for his or her time. You can also express your pleasure over the entire experience.

"Thank you for meeting with me today. I really enjoyed our conversation. Have a nice day."

A final handshake is appropriate as you part ways. Please remember that your chance to make a good impression doesn't end with "good-bye." You should send a thank-you note later that day or on the very next morning.

- [ESL/ EFL podcast] Tips for a Successful Job Interview 

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Jennifer Lebedev is a teacher of English as a second and foreign language with 12 years experience. She has additional experience in teacher training and administration of an IEP and is a published author. Find more of her online English instruction on YouTube under the name "JenniferESL".
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