How to Interview for a Job in American English, part 1/5

{“en”:”Youu2019re hired! Two words everybody loves to hear. But before we hear these words comes (dun dun duuuuhn!) the interview. Todayu2019s video is part one in a series thatu2019s all about preparing for a job interview. This is part one of a five part series on preparing for an interview. Interviewing for a new job can be a huge source of stress and anxiety. And if youu2019re interviewing for a job in a non-native language, the stress can be even higher. In this video youu2019ll see me interview for a job. Throughout the interview, weu2019ll discuss some of the most common interview questions and how to answer them. Youu2019ll also learn some basic information to get you started on creating your own answers to these questions. Letu2019s begin. TK: Hello Ms. Smith, Iu2019m Tom Kelley. Thanks so much for coming in. RS: Itu2019s my pleasure, thanks so much for meeting with me. TK: Of course. Did you have any trouble finding the office? Small Talk. Most interviews will start out with a handshake and some small talk u2013 this may include questions about how youu2019re doing, your travel to the interview, the weather, how your weekend went, and more.

All you need to do is be polite and friendly. Keep your answers short. You can also feel free to turn the question back to the interviewer. For instance, if the interviewer asks you how your weekend was, you might respond, u201cIt was great, we celebrated my Momu2019s birthday. How was your weekend?u201d Small talk is used to build a more comfortable environment before the interview begins. It may seem silly, but you can practice small talk on your own by asking yourself simple, easy-to-answer, non-personal questions. You could also practice with a friend. Here is an example of small talk: >> How are you doing? >> Iu2019m great, thank you, and you? >> How are you doing? >> Iu2019m doing really well.

Itu2019s such a nice day out there. >> It is! It was perfect weather all weekend. >> It was. >> Did you do anything interesting over the weekend? >> Yes, I went to the park with my family for a picnic. >> That sounds nice. >> It was. And you? >> I worked this weekend, but I got a lot done, so that was good. >> It does feel good to get work done! You can see we havenu2019t said much of importance, but the conversation is friendly and open, and can make two people feel more comfortable in each otheru2019s presence. TK: Hello Ms. Smith, Iu2019m Tom Kelley. Thanks so much for coming in. RS: Itu2019s my pleasure, thanks so much for meeting with me.

TK: Of course. Did you have any trouble finding the office? RS: Nope. The directions on the website were great. TK: Good. Would you like some coffee or water before we begin? RS: Iu2019m okay, thank you. TK: Alright. So, to get started, why donu2019t you tell me a little bit about yourself. RS: Sure. Common Question: Tell me a little bit about yourself. Itu2019s very common for interviewers to simply ask you to tell them about yourself. That can feel overwhelming! But donu2019t worry; what they really want you to focus on is your education and work history.

You can also let them know what areas you have a lot of experience in, or what your interests are when answering this question. Here are a few different ways to begin your answer. I studied at Harvard University and graduated 2012 with a degree in business. Iu2019ve been working at Smith Incorporated for 10 years as a manager. I have 12 years of experience in graphic design. Because of my time at Verizon, I have a lot of experience in providing customer service. If you’re preparing for an interview, practice talking about yourself and your work history. Record yourself with a video camera if possible.

Make sure it’s not too long, maybe around a minute. Go back and listen or watch, and write down phrases that worked well to use again. If there was anything you stumbled over or left out, write down some possible phrases you could have used. The next day, do the same exercise. It’s important that you don’t just write a paragraph and memorize it, but simply practice free-talking with some key phrases. The more you practice before the interview, the more comfortable youu2019ll feel answering the questions during the interview. TK: So, to get started, why donu2019t you tell me a little bit about yourself. RS: Sure. I studied at the University of Florida and graduated in 2010 with a Masters Degree in Toy Design. After graduation, I was hired at Happy Kidu2019s Creative. Iu2019ve been there for the past five years and am currently the Director of Toy Production. During that time sales have grown steadily. Itu2019s been a great experience, but Iu2019ve run out of room to grow with HKC and Iu2019m looking for new opportunities. I have a lot of experience leading teams in the creative process and finding new markets for the products that we create.

T: Thatu2019s great. To be continued! Weu2019ll pick it up from here in the next video in this series. In the next video, weu2019ll go over three more common interview questions: u2018How did you hear about this positionu2019, u2018what attracted you to our company?u2019 and u2018whatu2019s your greatest strength?u2019 I hope this video on job interviews has been helpful. Thereu2019s nothing better than walking out of an interview feeling that you were fully prepared! If you have interview-related questions or stories, please post them in the comments below.

Iu2019d love to hear them. Are you signed up for my mailing list? If so, you get free weekly emails in your inbox with English videos and lessons, as well stories of American culture and my own life. Click here or in the description to sign up. Thatu2019s it, and thanks so much for using Rachelu2019s English.. “}

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