Think of the senses of your audience
- The first impression counts. Unless you are applying for a position of a company clown, behave in a confident, respectful and believable way that is not far from your nature.
- Be gentle with their ears. Relax and find a clear and pleasant tone.
- Balance your eye contact with everyone present.
- Stay positive. If your interest in the job is true, show it and let them know your attitude. Your determination will impress them.
- Never put hands in your pockets, point with your fingers, or do anything offensive.
- Wear comfortable clothes. Compromise between a dress code and your favourites.
- Know the setting. If you are lucky, you will get a one-to-one format with a kind and communicative native speaker.
- English first. Natives will appreciate your English and prefer communication skills and a fluent and balanced conversation presenting facts as well as your command of English.
- Be punctual. Nothing can compensate for your late arrival.
- Brainstorm to imagine questions they might ask and rehearse replies combining the language, body and face, and gestures.
- Use your favourites in preparation. Employ notes, outlines, diagrams, bubbles to identify the relevant information.
- Introduce yourself concisely and leave space for possible questions.
- Show them you have a plan. Tell them what comes first, next, and finally. Signalling phrases throughout the interview will make your listeners comfortable.
- Resist the temptation to give much information, do not overwhelm, too much language may bring misunderstanding, make sure they follow and pause to let them ask questions.
- Be ready to comment on company policies. This is what they expect you to do but no matter what you think, add enough justification.
- Bring your notes. Once you get distracted, notes will bring you back on the track.
Use only the language that works for your purposes
- It is not a language examination. Unless there is a language expert, prefer fluency to accuracy. Do not worry, Czech interviewers speaking English do the same mistakes.
- Be careful about new dictionary entries because you might not be familiar with their usage enough to apply them correctly in suitable contexts.
- Season your current vocabulary range with specific expressions not to surprise your audience but to let them know you are in. “Problem” is not in your dictionary.
- Functions that work wonders are focusing and stressing - find structures that help you highlight the right information and communicate your ideas clearly.
- Do not get too personal. Be careful not to boast or touch personal topics as interviewers are people of diverse life stories and nobody wishes for bringing back bad memories.
- Keep your language as simple as possible. Use the language you get free in questions and just add your information.
- Express your opinions clearly using a variety of starts, not just "I think".
- Give complete answers. Always include an opinion, a reason, and an example.
- Use linkers for higher coherence. Even simple linking words add natural coherence, which makes the whole enjoyable to listen to.
- Avoid repetition. Going over the same information again is simply boring.
- Do not worry about the terminology because this is what you acquire when you start on the new position.
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