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Today, we’re talking about: Acing a job interview in English

Hello! Are you ready for today’s Conversation Club? In the guided conversation led by the MPEC Coach, we will talk about (and practice for!) Job Interviews in English ! We all know that job interviews can be a source of stress even in one’s first language! So, let’s make sure that having to go through a hiring process in English does not give you guys a headache, ok? In this session, we’ll explore vocabulary and phrases you can use to ace your job interview! However, remember that when we enter the Conversation Club, we only speak in English!

Prepared with love by: My Personal English Coach

Helloooo! Just a few words of support for those of you who are starting your experience in our Conversation Club and don’t feel very confident. Don’t worry, we’re here for you!

On this page, you’ll find the vocabulary that can help you speak with your Club Partners (other MPEC students you’ll be paired with for guided conversations).

If you feel you need it, follow the first piece of advice in the image on the left and review all the language bits we think can be useful for you. We are your Coaches and we know you well! We know that using Idioms & Phrasal Verbs can be a real challenge, so those are often the language elements we’ll suggest you use 🙃

After the preparation (you’ll find both the vocabulary and the conversation questions on this page), we invite you to participate in the Club session. You have received an email with the ZOOM link for the session:

On Tuesdays, the Club takes place from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM, and on Thursdays, from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM. If you haven’t received the access instructions via email, please, get in touch with us:

If you want to practice more after the Club session, you can come back here to do the Follow Up activity (at the bottom of the page). Are you ready? Let’s begin!

9 Powerful Words To Use in a Job Interview

  • I can, I will : Phrases like “I can contribute …” and “I will offer my strengths in this way …” show that you are positive and confident in the gifts and talents you bring to a company.
  •  I look forward to: As soon as you have been granted an interview, you can respond with something like, “I look forward to the chance to discuss what I can bring to your company.” It is positive and hopeful language that shows you have confidence in your abilities.
  • Respect: After you have become familiar with the company, you can describe to the interviewer specific aspects about the company’s products, practices, diversity or projects that you respect.
  • “Opportunity” is a word that both describes chances you have been given in the past to develop your skills and shows possibility and gratitude. 
  • Flexible: If you can demonstrate that you can work with various people in many different environments and adapt to changes in projects, deadlines and scope, you will show how you can be a flexible and positive addition to a team
  • Mission statement: Once you have read the company’s mission statement, you can mention parts of it that resonated with your personal working philosophy. Describe any detail from it that you find inspirational or that would help you set goals.
  • Reliable : Most companies value employees who arrive on time, use company time efficiently to produce quality work and meet deadlines. Demonstrate your reliability with concrete examples from previous jobs or volunteer opportunities.
  • Leader: Even if you are not interviewing for a management position, leadership in any role is valuable. Describe a time when you were given a leadership position or experiences that helped you develop leadership qualities. Think about what being a leader means to you, and then elaborate on your statement.
  • Example: This word helps you change a general statement to a specific statement. Rather than saying “I was responsible for team building,” you could add something like “May I share an example of how a team-building exercise increased our office unity?” 

10 Idioms For Job Interviews + A sample sentence for each idiom

  • “Burning the midnight oil”: means working late into the night and demonstrates your dedication and work ethic.
  • “Going the extra mile”: signifies putting in extra effort or doing more than what is expected, which highlights your commitment to going above and beyond.
  • “The ball is in your court”: By using this idiom, you indicate that it’s the interviewer’s turn to make a decision or take action, showing your understanding of the process.
  • “Hit the ground running”: means starting a new job or task quickly and effectively, emphasising your ability to be productive from day one.
  • “Thinking outside the box”: By using this idiom, you convey your creativity and innovative thinking, which can be valuable in problem-solving and generating fresh ideas.
  • “A jack of all trades”: refers to someone who has skills or knowledge in various areas, indicating your versatility and adaptability.
  • “Putting your best foot forward”: implies making a good impression and giving your best effort, highlighting your commitment to presenting yourself positively.
  • “The icing on the cake”: By using this idiom, you can express that something is an additional positive aspect, demonstrating your appreciation for extra benefits or achievements.
  • “Keeping your nose to the grindstone”: means working hard and staying focused on your tasks, showcasing your determination and perseverance.
  • “Turning over a new leaf”: By using this idiom, you indicate a desire for change or improvement, demonstrating your willingness to grow and develop professionally.

Round 1: The Icebreaker

  1. What strategies can you use to overcome nervousness or anxiety during an English job interview?
  2. What are some essential tips for researching and preparing for a job interview conducted in English?
  3. How important is non-verbal communication, such as body language and eye contact, during an English job interview?

Round 2: Let’s Explore it!

  1. How should you handle difficult or unexpected questions during an English job interview?
  2. Are there any specific cultural considerations to keep in mind when interviewing for a job in an English-speaking country?
  3. What are some common mistakes that non-native English speakers make during job interviews, and how can they be avoided?
  4. How can you leave a lasting impression and follow up effectively after an English job interview?
  5. Are there any specific etiquette or professional norms to be aware of during an English job interview?

Round 3: The Final One!

Role Play: Below, you can find a Role Play Scenario. You can choose one of the following ways to address this part of the Conversation Club:

  1. Read the dialogue below as if you were 2 actors and then – if you have enough time, try to do it again, this time without looking at the original dialogue.
  2. Create your own Job Interview role play for one of the following positions:
    • Baby Panda Coordinator
    • Airforce 1 Pilot
    • King Charles’ Personal Driver

Role Play Scenario: Interview for a Marketing Coordinator Position

Participant 1: Interviewer (I) Participant 2: Interviewee (You)

[I: Interviewer, Y: You]

I: Good morning/afternoon. Welcome to the interview. Please have a seat.

Y: Thank you. It’s great to be here.

I: Let’s begin. Could you please introduce yourself and tell me a bit about your background?

Y: Of course. My name is [Your Name], and I have a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from XYZ University. I have two years of experience working as a Marketing Assistant at ABC Company, where I gained skills in campaign planning, social media management, and data analysis.

I: That sounds impressive. Can you share an example of a successful marketing campaign you worked on?

Y: Certainly. In my previous role, I collaborated on a campaign targeting a younger demographic. We developed engaging content for social media platforms, utilised influencer partnerships, and implemented a user-generated content contest. As a result, we saw a 25% increase in website traffic and a 15% growth in social media followers within a three-month period.

I: That’s impressive. We value teamwork here. Can you tell me about a time when you collaborated effectively with a team?

Y: Absolutely. During a product launch, I worked closely with the sales and design teams to ensure a cohesive marketing strategy. We held regular meetings, shared ideas, and coordinated efforts to meet deadlines. By fostering effective communication and collaboration, we successfully launched the product, surpassing sales targets by 10% in the first month.

I: Excellent. Now, let’s discuss your digital marketing skills. What experience do you have with SEO and online advertising?

Y: I have experience with both SEO and online advertising. In my previous role, I conducted keyword research and implemented on-page optimisation techniques to improve organic search rankings. Additionally, I managed online ad campaigns through platforms like Google Ads, resulting in a 20% increase in click-through rates and a higher conversion rate.

I: Great. We often work on tight deadlines. How do you prioritise your tasks and handle multiple projects simultaneously?

Y: Prioritisation is crucial in a fast-paced environment. I start by assessing project deadlines and urgency. Then, I break down tasks, create a timeline, and allocate resources accordingly. I also maintain open communication with stakeholders to manage expectations and ensure progress. This approach has helped me effectively manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines consistently.

I: Impressive. Finally, do you have any questions for me or anything you would like to know about our company?

Y: Yes, thank you for asking. I’d love to know more about the company culture and opportunities for professional growth within the organization.

I: Our company fosters a collaborative and innovative culture. We value continuous learning and provide various professional development opportunities, such as training programs and mentorship. We encourage employees to take on new challenges and grow within their roles.

Y: That sounds fantastic. Thank you for sharing that information.

I: Thank you for your time and for participating in this interview. We will be in touch soon.

Y: Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day.

[End of role play]

Remember, this role play is just a sample, and you can modify it according to your specific needs and the desired position. Good luck!

After The Club: The Follow Up

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