Preparing for a job interview in English

Successfully passing a job interview in English requires training and preparation in two key areas: language skills and interview technique.

Click here to download this post via our mobile website!
Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you can take anywhere. Click here to get a copy. (Download)

Being in a stressful communication situation can have a negative effect on your ability to speak English well, but role-playing job interviews before the big day provides an excellent opportunity to practise real questions and answers. Online job interview preparation classes with native English teachers will give you a competitive advantage.


One of the biggest mistakes is to leave your preparation until the last minute when you are under the most pressure. This approach often leads to disappointment at interview. Start preparing in advance by learning essential job interview vocabulary and expressions. Make sure you are able to communicate freely about your profession, work experience and previous education. Do a Google search for “typical job interview questions” and get started with your Q & A. If you plan to take online sessions with a native speaker, sign up for those as soon as you have an approximate interview date on the horizon.


Employers like candidates who take an interest in their firm and what they do. Taking the time to do a little homework on your potential future company makes you look professional and motivated. Find and read information on the internet in English – the company’s history, slogan, mission, latest press releases, etc. Then think of several interesting questions to ask your interviewer based on this new knowledge. The chances are that if you make the effort to dig, you will find some genuinely interesting facts about your future employer.


If you want to perform well at interview, you have to practise through role-play, using questions that are likely to be asked by your interviewer. These can be broken down into two categories: traditional and behavioural. The first are fact-based questions, while the second are more psychological and seek to predict future performance through the analysis of past behaviour (and your thoughts on it). In western companies, it is now common to hire HR specialists with backgrounds in psychology and sociology so be prepared.

Examples of traditional questions:

“What was your reason for leaving your previous place of work?”

“Why did you choose to study Accounting at university?”

Examples of behavioural questions:

“Give me an example of a mistake you made at work and what you did to resolve it.”

“How do you handle personal disagreements with colleagues in the office?”


A Skype English teacher can help you prepare for a job interview, polish your CV and covering letter, and offer insights into how interviews are conducted in western companies. Native input from British or American teachers can make the difference between success and failure at interview and help you gain a head start on the competition. Sessions of this type are a good investment in your future career. To sign up for an online job interview preparation course, visit the OTUK homepage for a free consultation!

Click here to download this post via our mobile website!
Download: This blog post is available as a convenient and portable PDF that you can take anywhere. Click here to get a copy. (Download)

Find this post useful? Share it with friends!
Read more
  • exams
    IELTS Speaking Guide 2018 | Tasks, Model Answers, Scores

    Want to score 7+ on your IELTS Speaking exam? We’ve written this guide for you! Read on to find out everything you need to know about the structure of the exam, possible topics, example answers, test tips and more. We will explain exactly what you need to do on parts 1, 2 and 3 so you can go into your Speaking exam with confidence. Ready? Let’s take a look! Continue reading

  • study
    How to learn English with songs and music

    Bored with books? Take a break. Try learning more English through music! In this study guide, we’ll show you how to use the songs you love to improve your vocabulary, listening and speaking skills. Let the music play… Continue reading

  • study
    Portuguese mistakes in English: 40 Most Common Errors

    Anyone who speaks Portuguese knows how different it is from English. Due to these differences, we can expect mistakes to occur in all areas of language usage. Even if the person is fluent, errors often appear naturally as a result of their mother tongue. This makes it important to practise and develop an understanding of the most common mistakes. You can then better avoid these in future. Continue reading

  • kids
    10 Best Websites to Help Your Kids Read in English

    Reading in English is one of the best ways to build your child’s vocabulary. It can also be a good family activity to do together. The websites below will give you free resources to help make reading with your child fun, as well as educational. Let’s take a look! Continue reading

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience. Learn More. GOT IT!