It’s been encouraging, in #thisageofcorona, to see some Israeli firms (particularly in the hi-tech space) hiring rather than firing.
Those of you currently interviewing for new positions already know that your Business English has to be in tip-top shape – now more than ever.
Here are three key interview tips to help you present at your best:
1. Use the Present Perfect Simple when outlining your experience and achievements.
Using the Present Perfect Simple gives a high-impact, high-relevance feel to your achievements. Talking about them in the Past makes them sound way less so.
Take a look at the following example:
Past Simple –
“In my previous role, I wrote code…” – this can sound stale, “over”; perhaps you don’t even do this much any more.
Vs the Present Perfect Simple –
“I’ve written code for over 50 programs over the past year” – this is punchy! You’re clearly experienced, with cutting-edge knowledge.
I know which version impresses me more.
*see my earlier blog for a rundown on when to use the Present Perfect Simple:
2. Keep It To-The-Point
Don’t be scared to be keep your answers to-the-point. Even for native speakers, a concise answer delivered in plain language can be stronger and more attractive than one which rambles on and on.
And it’s way less stressful for you, too.
Take a look at this sample answer to a “What’s Your Value-Add” question (candidate is applying for a VP HR position at a leading hi-tech company):
In my previous role, I used my people skills to achieve excellent results, working closely with Management and employees alike. I’m highly experienced in several areas relevant to this role, including recruitment and retention. Two examples:
My expertise in innovating, mentoring, and recruitment, can help Company X reach its global expansion goals.
In a few brief sentences, you’ve packed in plenty of high-quality, impressive detail.
*see my earlier blog on keeping your message clear and simple:
3. It’s ok to pause.
Pausing gives you time to collect your thoughts and choose the best way to express them. It’s definitely preferable to look thoughtful for a moment before responding to a question, rather than rushing in and kicking yourself later.
These three tips will give you a definitive edge over your fellow candidates – now all you need to do is practise. Good Luck!