How to make the right impression on a prospective employer and get the job of your dreams? Part II — September 24, 2018

How to make the right impression on a prospective employer and get the job of your dreams? Part II

During the interview:

In part one of this series, we examined some useful, I hope, tips to effectively prepare for a job interview.  Now, let’s focus on what to expect during the interview itself and how to deal with those tricky questions….

Yes, probably the prospective employer will ask some tricky questions.  For example, they will certainly ask what your biggest defect is.  Don’t say “I’m often late for meetings” or  “I just can’t seem to get on with my colleagues.” Do all you can to turn a weakness into a strength for the employer.  For example, don’t say “I’m very demanding with others and consequently they avoid working with me.”  Rather say “I’m rather demanding with myself and thrive on diversity.”

Moreover, they will probably ask you to define yourself with three, maximum four adjectives.  Again, don’t be generic.  Be specific.  Think carefully and try to come up with specific adjectives that clearly identify you.  Your prospective employer must, to some extent, see you reflected in those adjectives.

And lastly, they will ask why they should hire you.  Tell them you have the right skills and competencies to make a difference in the company.  Be careful, though.  Don’t sound overconfident.  Simply let them know that you have ideas you would like to share with them.  Ideas you believe can be developed by the company.

To sum up then.  Think of your biggest defect and turn it into an opportunity.  Define yourself using specific adjectives and give them a good reason to take you on board.

After the interview, thank the interviewer and leave as soon as possible.

What should I do now?  We’ll consider this question in part three of this series.

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How to make the right impression on a prospective employer and get the job of your dreams? Part I — September 20, 2018

How to make the right impression on a prospective employer and get the job of your dreams? Part I

Landing the right job often depends on what impression you initially make at the first job interview.  Let’s face it, we judge by appearances.  So, how can I prepare for that job interview that may get me the job I’ve  always wanted?  In part one of this series, we’ll look at some basic tips to keep in mind before the interview.  In the second part, we’ll consider tips to bear in mind during the interview and in the last part we’ll quickly examine what to do after the job interview.  So let’s begin!

Part 1: before the interview

You finally get that call from that company you’ve been always wanting to work for.  They are impressed by your C.V. and want you to pop in for an interview.  You are thrilled at the idea of finally realising a lifelong ambition.  How should you prepare for this interview though?

First thing, do your homework.  Do as much research as you can on the company.  Find out how much profit they made last year, if they expanded overseas and if yes, where.  Show the company you know about them and you want to join a winning team.

Secondly, dress smart but conservative.  Don’t call too much attention to yourself, let your abilities and skills speak for you.  Avoid flashy colours.

Thirdly, get to the interview on time, not too early and not late.  Five minutes before is the usual standard.

Fourth, turn off your mobile phone before entering the interview room.  If you forget to turn it off and it rings during the interview, simply turn it off without checking who is calling.  Now we can begin with the interview.

In part two we will see what to do and not to do during the interview.

(to follow)

 

 

Back to work – back to decent English — September 4, 2018

Back to work – back to decent English

So, how are you doing? Is the post-holiday period over? Are you still wrestling with the idea that you must work now?

However, for some English students, the real issue seems to be that of switching from Span-Port-Germ-French – English into standard English.

What we might suggest you do is to slowly try to get back into track. For example,  start watching a movie in English (your favourite sit-com, if you have one, would be fine too). Then, you might try to read out loud one or two dialogues in English. This will help you for a more correct pronunciation as well as recall the sound of genuine English  phonemes.

In three or four days from now you will have fully recovered from the funny language-mixing disease, hoping that the memories of the relaxing holidays will outlast the pressure inevitably brought on you by the everyday routine.

 

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