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Have you applied for a position that also requires English skills? Or maybe you have an interview in English soon? In the following article you will find out everything you need to know about your interview in English. In fact, for some years now in Germany too, you have had to expect that an interview will be held in English or that English will be spoken for at least a few minutes. If so, it is a thorough one Preparation for the interview essential. For an interview in English, you shouldn't miss out on either refreshing or building up the right vocabulary.

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Frequently asked questions on the topic

How can I prepare for an interview in English?Acquire the necessary vocabulary and pay particular attention to industry-specific expressions.
When does an interview take place in English?Often in international companies and when the position has to do with contact with international customers and organizations.
How do you conduct a telephone interview in English?The telephone interview in English is actually little different from a classic job interview - you will find suitable phrases and vocabulary in English in this article!
How to respond to an interview invitation in English?Here, too, there is nothing to consider that does not also apply to German-language interviews! Be polite and answer quickly.

In these cases you have to expect it!

If you have studied the job advertisement in detail, it can be assumed that you will not be surprised if you change language to an interview in English. This is usually the case when "Fluent„, „very good"Or"excellent“Knowledge of English is required. On top of that you have to write in your canditature Yes, you have already indicated the level of your language skills in English - so a partial or complete interview in English is only the logical consequence.

An interview in English can also be expected if:

1. The company operates on international soil.
2. The company is a subsidiary of an international group.
3. The job advertisement indicates that the company has an international team.
4. Already yours Application in English had to be.

Before the interview, however, you should not only study the job advertisement carefully, but also gather some background knowledge about the company and pay particular attention to the points mentioned above. If they catch your eye, prepare for an interview in English.

Answer questions!

One thing is certain: If you are asked toPlease tell us about your career so far“Unexpectedly for you as an applicant, a lot can go wrong. So that this does not happen to you during an interview, we will next go through common questions in an interview in English with the respective answers.

This is undoubtedly a very classic question in an interview in English. Although it is quite general, your counterpart receives a lot of information at once. Remember: the things you talk about and how you talk about them in English in your interview have a huge impact on how you will get on with the person you are talking to.

If you are asked this question in English during your interview, explain why you are the best choice for the position. Mention your qualifications, skills and abilities here (your so-called Hard skills) and explain why you would enjoy this work.

Both in an interview in English and in a job interview in German, the question of weaknesses is one of the standard questions. Experts advise you to be honest and to address your own weaknesses, this is how a good HR manager will build trust in you. But stay realistic, you don't have to reveal the biggest weaknesses, especially not those that make the quality of your work poorly represented.

Conversely, you will be asked about your strengths in an interview in English. The company you introduce yourself to naturally wants to know what your greatest strengths are and how you assess yourself. Here, too, it is important to remain authentic and not to exaggerate. You can of course have both hard skills and Soft skills call!

This is asked just as often in an interview in English as in an interview in German. Your counterpart would like to find out whether you are thinking about the future and have both the desire and the will to develop yourself further. In addition, the HR manager wants to know whether you intend to stay with the company for a long time.

Even if you only want to stay briefly at the company where you are interviewing in English, you shouldn't say so. Nobody is interested in hiring you just for B. set a few years.

Conversation in English with suitable vocabulary

Of course, there is also a vocabulary pool for an interview in English that you should definitely master. The more vocabulary you have learned, the more confidently you can express yourself and the less nervous you are.

We have listed some vocabulary that are particularly important for an English job interview in the following table:

Pre-cable for an interview in English
A - H
Pre-cable for an interview in English
IT
apprenticeship = training, teaching
achieve sth
achievement = achievement
adaptable = adaptable
ambitious = to be ambitious
apply for a job or position = apply for an open position
attach / attachment attach / attachment (digital)
to implement = to implement, to implement
(job) interview Application interview
internship (US) / work placement (UK) internship
interviewer interlocutor at job interview
interviewee Applicant who appears for the interview
boss / superior = superior, boss
carry out = carry out sth
coordinate = coordinate, vote
committed = committed
cover letter / covering letter
cv / curriculum vitae = curriculum vitae
job ad / advertisement = job advertisement
job description = job description
letter of recommendation = letter of recommendation
negotiate = to negotiate, to negotiate
opportunity = chance, opportunity
dependable = reliable
develop = to develop sth
enclose = attach (in paper form)
entrepreneurial = entrepreneurial
establish / set up = set up, introduce, build up, found
expert = expert
expertise = expertise, specialist knowledge
passionate about / excited about = to be enthusiastic about something
patient = patient
proven track record = proven track record
proficient = well versed
position / vacancy = vacancy / vacancy
fluent = flowing
goal / target = goal (setting)
graduation = degree
HR / human resources = human resources department
human resources manager
reliable = reliable
resourceful = to be resourceful, to be inventive
resilient = to be resilient
testimonial = (work) certificate

Telephone interview - greeting to farewell

In a telephone interview in English, the greeting and farewell naturally play an important role. In the course of the greeting, make sure that you say thank you for the chance to take part in this telephone interview. Usually a short small talk follows, followed by the main part of the telephone interview and finally the farewell.

Say goodbye politely in a telephone interview in English and thank you again for the interview. Some phrases that are used frequently in greeting and saying goodbye include the following:

Welcome to a telephone interview in English

"Hi / Good morning / Good afternoon, Mr./Ms. Maiers, nice to meet you. "
"Hi, pleasure to meet you."

Should your interlocutor ask: "How do you do? "Ask, this is by no means a question of how you feel, but rather in the sense ofNice to meet you.“To be understood. According to your condition, on the other hand, "How are you?"Or"How are you today?" asked. Suitable answers are "Great thanks." and "Very well, thank you.“However, nobody expects an actual answer to this question either, it is rather a greeting that is especially common in US English.

Farewell at a telephone interview in English

"Thank you for giving me the opportunity to interview today."
"Thank you for having me in today."
"Thank you, Mr./Ms. Maiers. I look forward to hearing from you soon. If you need any further information, please let me know.

Between greeting and goodbye, the questions are usually similar to those that are important in a traditional face-to-face interview in English.

These include, for example:

"How would you describe yourself?"
What made you apply for this job in particular?
"What can you do to take our company forward?"
"What attracted you to this company?"
"When were you most satisfied in your job?"

The most important tips

There is no question that interviewing in English is nerve-wracking for you as an applicant. In the following, we will therefore give you tips on how to master an interview in English perfectly, so that you can make a good impression.

Tip 1: Prepare yourself thoroughly for the interview in English
If you inquire in advance about the company you are applying to and you find out that it operates internationally, you should expect that the interview will be conducted in English - either in whole or in part. In an interview in English, you can always score points by knowing the company's news stories and also mentioning them.

Tip 2: never forget - the first impression counts
Are you already with the question "How are you today"Received in English for your interview, you should never use monosyllables with"Great"Or"Fine“Answer, but go back a little further. In the best case, you answer with "it couldn't be better"Or even use an idiomatic phrase like"Everything is beautiful“Emerged. If you are also asked why you are doing well, you should answer in English in an interview that you are very happy to be there.

Tip 3: Spread a good mood and exude motivation
If you start your interview in English in a bad mood, you can also get qualifications (Hard skills) no longer score! Who wants to work with you when you're always in a bad mood. So make sure to spread motivation and a good mood.

Tip 4: Points in the group interview at the job interview in English
Often, an interview in English is also conducted in the form of group interviews. Here, however, you should not only focus on your language skills, but also on your social skills (Soft skills) prove. So prepare yourself optimally for discussions in the group. If you notice that one of your competitors had a good idea and also build on his thesis, you have completed the interview in English first-class.

Tip 5: acquire the necessary technical vocabulary in English
Before the interview in English, you should definitely acquire the necessary specialist vocabulary for the industry in which the company you are applying to operates! This is the only way to ensure that you can score points in your interview in English.

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