Ученики часто просят подготовить их к интервью на английском языке. Обычно это интервью в крупных европейских и американских компаниях на руководящие посты. Вот некоторые советы, которые могут помочь пройти собеседование на английском языке.

Первые вопросы, которые вам задают на собеседовании на английском языке, обычно предсказуемы, но именно ответы на эти вопросы могут представить вас в выгодном положении перед другими кандидатами, ведь именно от первого впечатления во многом зависит дальнейший ход интервью. Обычно работодатели задают следующие вопросы н английском.

1. Tell me about yourself.

Кратко расскажите о своей работе. Приведите примеры успешных проектов. От прошлого переходите к настоящему и перспективам на будущее. Не затягивайте ответ!

2. Why did you leave your last job?

Отвечая на этот вопрос, никогда не критикуйте вашу бывшую компанию и её руководителей. Скажите, что на новой работе вы видите новые возможности и перспективы.

3. What experience do you have in this field?

Опишите опыт, который больше всего соотносится в вашими будущими должностными обязанностями.

4. Do you consider yourself successful?

Всегда отвечайте: “Да!”. Ведь вы всегда достигаете поставленных целей и помогаете подчинённым и партнёрам достигнуть общих целей.

5. What do co-workers say about you?

При ответе на этот вопрос лучше кратко рассказать, что про вас говорили сотрудники. Приведите один-два конкретных примера.

6. What do you know about this organization?

Именно к этому вопросу точно надо готовиться заранее. Хорошо бы знать миссию компании, её цели, место на рынке и краткую историю.

7. What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

За год вы могли пройти множество курсов и семинаров, посетить конференции, просто заниматься саморазвитием, поэтому заранее подготовьте самые значимые и показатльные примеры повышения квалификации.

8. Are you applying for other jobs?

На этот вопрос надо отвечать честно, но не задерживайтесь на нём долго.

Будет продолжение. Примерных вопросов 50.

Как пройти собеседование на английском языке при приеме на работу

Развёрнутое дополнение:
Common job interview questions
By rehearsing interview questions, you’ll become more familiar with your own qualifications and will be well prepared to demonstrate how you can benefit an employer.

Most common sample questions

Tell me about yourself.
Make a short, organized statement of your education and professional achievements and professional goals. Then, briefly describe your qualifications for the job and the contributions you could make to the organization.

Why do you want to work here? or What about our company interests you?
Few questions are more important than these, so it is important to answer them clearly and with enthusiasm. Show the interviewer your interest in the company. Share what you learned about the job, the company and the industry through your own research. Talk about how your professional skills will benefit the company. Unless you work in sales, your answer should never be simply: “money.” The interviewer will wonder if you really care about the job.

Why did you leave your last job?
The interviewer may want to know if you had any problems on your last job. If you did not have any problems, simply give a reason, such as: relocated away from job; company went out of business; laid off; temporary job; no possibility of advancement; wanted a job better suited to your skills.

If you did have problems, be honest. Show that you can accept responsibility and learn from your mistakes. You should explain any problems you had (or still have) with an employer, but don’t describe that employer in negative terms. Demonstrate that it was a learning experience that will not affect your future work.

What are your best skills?
If you have sufficiently researched the organization, you should be able to imagine what skills the company values. List them, then give examples where you have demonstrated these skills.

What is your major weakness?
Be positive; turn a weakness into a strength. For example, you might say: “I often worry too much over my work. Sometimes I work late to make sure the job is done well.”

Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others?
The ideal answer is one of flexibility. However, be honest. Give examples describing how you have worked in both situations.

What are your career goals? or What are your future plans?
The interviewer wants to know if your plans and the company’s goals are compatible. Let him know that you are ambitious enough to plan ahead. Talk about your desire to learn more and improve your performance, and be specific as possible about how you will meet the goals you have set for yourself.

What are your hobbies? or Do you play any sports?
The interviewer may be looking for evidence of your job skills outside of your professional experience. For example, hobbies such as chess or bridge demonstrate analytical skills. Reading, music, and painting are creative hobbies. Individual sports show determination and stamina, while group sport activities may indicate you are comfortable working as part of a team.

Also, the interviewer might simply be curious as to whether you have a life outside of work. Employees who have creative or athletic outlets for their stress are often healthier, happier and more productive.

What salary are you expecting?
You probably don’t want to answer this one directly. Instead, deflect the question back to the interviewer by saying something like: “I don’t know. What are you planning on paying the best candidate?” Let the employer make the first offer.

However, it is still important to know what the current salary range is for the profession. Find salary surveys at the library or on the Internet, and check the classifieds to see what comparable jobs in your area are paying. This information can help you negotiate compensation once the employer makes an offer.

What have I forgotten to ask?

Use this as a chance to summarize your good characteristics and attributes and how they may be used to benefit the organization. Convince the interviewer that you understand the job requirements and that you can succeed.

Additional sample questions

Questions about your Qualifications

>>> What can you do for us that someone else can’t do?
>>> What qualifications do you have that relate to the position?
>>> What new skills or capabilities have you developed recently?
>>> Give me an example from a previous job where you’ve shown initiative.
>>> What have been your greatest accomplishments recently?
>>> What is important to you in a job?
>>> What motivates you in your work?
>>> What have you been doing since your last job?
>>> What qualities do you find important in a coworker?

Questions about your Career Goals

>>> What would you like to being doing five years from now?
>>> How will you judge yourself successful? How will you achieve success?
>>> What type of position are you interested in?
>>> How will this job fit in your career plans?
>>> What do you expect from this job?
>>> Do you have a location preference?
>>> Can you travel?
>>> What hours can you work?
>>> When could you start?

Questions about your Work Experience

>>> What have you learned from your past jobs?
>>> What were your biggest responsibilities?
>>> What specific skills acquired or used in previous jobs relate to this position?
>>> How does your previous experience relate to this position?
>>> What did you like most/least about your last job?
>>> Whom may we contact for references?

Questions about your Education

>>> How do you think your education has prepared you for this position?
>>> What were your favorite classes/activities at school?
>>> Why did you choose your major?
>>> Do you plan to continue your education?

First Impressions
The first impression you make on the interviewer can decide the rest of the interview. It is important that you introduce yourself, shake hands, and be friendly and polite. The first question is often a “breaking the ice” (establish a rapport) type of question. Don’t be surprised if the interviewer asks you something like:
• How are you today?
• Did you have any trouble finding us?
• Isn’t this great weather we’re having?
This type of question is common because the interviewer wants to put you at ease (help you relax). The best way to respond is in a short, friendly manner without going into too much detail. Here is some examples correct responses:

Interviewer: How are you today?
You: I’m fine, thank you. And you?
Interviewer: Did you have any trouble finding us?
You: No, the office isn’t too difficult to find.
OR Interviewer: Isn’t this great weather we’re having?
You: Yes, it’s wonderful. I love this time of year.

Here are some examples of incorrect responses:
How are you today?
So, so. I’m rather nervous actually.
Interviewer: Did you have any trouble finding us?
You: As a matter of fact it was very difficult. I missed the exit and had to return via the highway. I was afraid I was going to be late for the interview.
OR Interviewer: Isn’t this great weather we’re having?
You: Yes, it’s wonderful. I can remember this time last year. Wasn’t it awful! I thought it would never stop raining!

Getting Down to Business
Once the pleasant beginnings have finished, it’s time to begin the real interview. Here are a number of the most common questions that are asked during the interview. There are two examples of excellent replies given for each question. Following the examples, you will find a comment describing the type of question and important things to remember when answering that type of question.

Interviewer: Tell me about yourself.
Candidate: I was born and raised in Milan, Italy. I attended the University of Milan and received my master’s degree in Economics. I have worked for 12 years as a financial consultant in Milan for various companies including Rossi Consultants, Quasar Insurance and Sardi and Sons. I enjoy playing tennis in my free time and learning languages.
Candidate: I’ve just graduated from the University of Singapore with a degree in Computers. During the summers, I worked as a systems administrator for a small company to help pay for my education.
Comment: This question is meant as an introduction. Do not focus too specifically on any one area. The above question will often be used to help the interviewer choose what h/she would like to ask next. While it is important to give an overall impression of who you are, make sure to concentrate on work related experience. Work related experience should always be the central focus of any interview (work experience is more important than education in most English speaking countries).

Interviewer: What type of position are you looking for?
Candidate: I’m interested in an entry level (beginning) position.
Candidate: I’m looking for a position in which I can utilize my experience.
Candidate: I would like any position for which I qualify.
Comment:You should be willing to take an entry level position in an English speaking company as most of these companies expect non-nationals to begin with such a position. In the United States, most companies provide many opportunities for growth, so don’t be afraid to start from the beginning!

Interviewer: Are you interested in a full-time or part-time position?
Candidate: I am more interested in a full-time position. However, I would also consider a part-time position.
Comment: Make sure to leave open as many possibilities as possible. Say you are willing to take any job, once the job has been offered you can always refuse if the job does not appeal (not interest) to you.

Interviewer: Can you tell me about your responsibilities at your last job?
Candidate: I advised customers on financial matters. After I consulted the customer, I completed a customer inquiry form and catalogued the information in our database. I then collaborated with colleagues to prepare the best possible package for the client. The clients were then presented with a summarized report on their financial activities that I formulated on a quarterly basis.
Comment: Notice the amount of detail necessary when you are talking about your experience. One of the most common mistakes made by foreigners when discussing their former employment is to speak too generally. The employer wants to know exactly what you did and how you did it; the more detail you can give the more the interviewer knows that you understand the type of work. Remember to vary your vocabulary when talking about your responsibilities. Also, do not begin every sentence with “I”. Use the passive voice, or an introductory clause to help you add variety to your presentation

Interviewer: What is your greatest strength?
Candidate: I work well under pressure. When there is a deadline (a time by which the work must be finished), I can focus on the task at hand (current project) and structure my work schedule well. I remember one week when I had to get 6 new customer reports out by Friday at 5. I finished all the reports ahead of time without having to work overtime.
Candidate: I am an excellent communicator. People trust me and come to me for advice. One afternoon, my colleague was involved with a troublesome (difficult) customer who felt he was not being served well. I made the customer a cup of coffee and invited both my colleague and the client to my desk where we solved the problem together.
Candidate: I am a trouble shooter. When there was a problem at my last job, the manager would always ask me to solve it. Last summer, the LAN server at work crashed. The manager was desperate and called me in (requested my help) to get the LAN back online. After taking a look at the daily backup, I detected the problem and the LAN was up and running (working) within the hour.
Comment: This is not the time to be modest! Be confident and always give examples. Examples show that you are not only repeating words you have learned, but actually do possess that strength.

Interviewer: What is your greatest weakness?
Candidate: I am overzealous (work too hard) and become nervous when my co-workers are not pulling their weight (doing their job). However, I am aware of this problem, and before I say anything to anyone, I ask myself why the colleague is having difficulties.
Candidate: I tend to spend too much time making sure the customer is satisfied. However, I began setting time-limits for myself If I noticed this happening.
Comment: This is a difficult question. You need to mention a weakness that is actually a strength. Make sure that you always mention how you try to improve the weakness.

Interviewer:Why do you want to work for Smith and Sons?
Candidate: After following your firms progress for the last 3 years, I am convinced that Smith and Sons are becoming one of the market leaders and I would like to be part of the team.
Candidate: I am impressed by the quality of your products. I am sure that I would be a convincing salesman because I truly believe that the Atomizer is the best product on the market today.
Comment: Prepare yourself for this question by becoming informed about the company. The more detail you can give, the better you show the interviewer that you understand the company.

Interviewer: When can you begin?
Candidate: Immediately.
Candidate: As soon as you would like me to begin.
Comment: Show your willingness to work!
The above questions represent some of the most basic questions asked on any job interview in English. Probably the most important aspect of interviewing in English is giving detail. As a speaker of English as a second language, you might be shy about saying complicated things. However, this is absolutely necessary as the employer is looking for an employee who knows his or her job. If you provide detail, the interviewer will know that you feel comfortable in that job. Don’t worry about making mistakes in English. It is much better to make simple grammar mistakes and provide detailed information about your experience than to say grammatically perfect sentences without any real content.

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