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How to do a job interview in other languages

Doing a job interview in other languages is not as difficult as it seems. It would help if you had a little preparation in advance and confidence in your abilities.

Learning other languages is a job that is as hard as it is rewarding and can broaden our job expectations.

Preparation

The most important thing, unless you are fluent in the language you are being interviewed in, is to prepare for the meeting so that you are more relaxed and know what to expect.

It is often the case that our spoken level of the foreign language we have studied allows us to carry on, without problems, a trivial conversation. However, it is difficult for us to know all the technical words surrounding the work environment in which we are going to work. Our preparation should consist of learning well the functions that we would carry out in the job we are applying for. We must also know what we can about the company, what exactly it does. The technicalities of the profession so that we can expand our vocabulary so that nothing takes us by surprise in the interview and that we can show off a little.

In the interview, you have to take into account information, such as level of education, previous work experience, our plans, strengths or weaknesses, and what we know about the job we are going to do. So it will be advantageous for us to have all this prepared in advance.

Practice before

If you have someone to talk to or can go to a language exchange meeting to speak to a native speaker and practice, that would be great. Someone who has a better command of the language will advise you and give you useful tips on how to express what you want to say correctly. Also, having practiced previously, in a role-playing plan, will make you gain confidence.

Nerves

If we are usually a little nervous about an interview in our language, having one in a language other than our own can make us go overboard.

We need to calm down and make a good impression, and for that, we are going to use several things: the first one, we have already done it. Having the interview well prepared, expanded our technical vocabulary, and knowing in advance what we might be asked. Practicing with a native has also been a great way to gain confidence.

You should use relaxation techniques before and during the interview to keep your mind focused on what you are doing. You should breathe slowly, and if your nerves can handle it, discuss it with the interviewer. When things are talked about naturally, they become normal, and we realize that they are not as important as they seemed at first. Therefore, if we say: “Sorry, I’m a little nervous because it’s my first interview in English,” the interviewer will do his best to make the atmosphere more relaxed so that we can relax.

Confidence

You have studied, and surely your level of knowledge of the language is higher than you think. It would help if you trust your abilities, and you will see how you can do it. With a certain level of stress, your brain starts to work wonderfully, so you may use terms that you thought you had forgotten or more complex constructions than you though. You will see how everything works out.

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