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  • Business Skills 360, the podcast that looks at the other side of English.

  • Hello and welcome back to the Skills 360 podcast. I'm your host, Tim Simmons, and today I want

  • to finish up our series on English interview skills.

  • In previous lessons, we've gone over some of the fundamental questions about who you

  • are and what you've done. Today I want to take a closer look at talking about your career

  • goals and researching prospective employers. Interviewers don't just want to know whether

  • you've got the skills, personality, and qualifications. They also want to know that you're a good

  • fit, and that they are a good fit for you.

  • One important question you need to be ready for in an interview in English is "why are

  • you leaving your current position?" This question makes a lot of people squirm. But it's actually

  • an opportunity to talk about growth and change. Nobody stays at the same job their entire

  • life. And this question isn't necessarily fishing for problems in your past.

  • What kinds of things can you talk about as reasons for change? You might mention several

  • desires, such as the desire to learn, to take on more responsibility, to enhance certain

  • skills, to relocate, to adjust your work-life balance. All these are great reasons to change.

  • Of course, if you were laid off, you need to be candid about that. I'm not suggesting

  • you lie. Just that you keep your answer future-focused. And that means not badmouthing your current

  • boss, colleagues, or workplace.

  • Talking about why you're leaving your current job will segue naturally to answering questions

  • about why you want this job. And the key here is showing knowledge, suitability, and value.

  • By knowledge, I mean you know something about the company, its products, its reputation,

  • its culture, and its values. By suitability, I mean that you jibe with the company and

  • the job fits with your career goals. And by value, I mean that your skills and experience

  • will help you make a real contribution.

  • Speaking of career goals, another common but tough question during a job interview is "where

  • do you see yourself in five years?" With most interview questions, I advise people to be

  • specific. But not this one. It's okay to state very generally what your aspirations are.

  • For example, you might say "I'd really like to be involved with the strategic side of

  • things" or "I'd like to be taking on more management responsibilities."

  • Whatever your answer, it should be possible to achieve within the company where you're

  • applying. They're going to sink time, money, and resources into you. They want to know

  • it will pay off for them, not just you. So, perhaps the worst thing you can say is "I

  • want to run my own business." The interviewer will immediately think you're going to run

  • off with all their ideas!

  • One thing you'll notice is that most of my suggestions require you to actually know something

  • about the company where you're applying. All successful interviewees have done their homework

  • in this regard. You can start with the company website, of course, but also check Google

  • for recent news stories and press releases. Use LinkedIn to find out more about the company's

  • leaders and employees. And look through other social media channels to get a more complete

  • understanding. The Glassdoor website can also give you an inside look at company culture

  • - but don't get scared off by a few negative reviews. Disgruntled people are often the

  • most vocal.

  • Researching the company will also help generate some good questions that you can ask. It's

  • fairly standard at or near the end of a job interview for the interviewer to turn the

  • tables with a question like "Do you have any questions for me?" The worst thing you can

  • do is to say something like "no, all good thanks." That shows a troubling lack of interest.

  • So, what should you ask about? Here's a few good ones. "How will you measure the success

  • of the person you hire?" "What are some of the challenges the person in this position

  • will face?" "Can you describe a typical day or week in the job?" "How would you describe

  • the culture here?" And probably one of the best questions, because it gets to the heart

  • of what they're looking for, is "In the past, what has differentiated the people who were

  • good at this job and those who were great?"

  • That final question will impress the interviewer and give you a good idea if you really want

  • the position or not. After all, unless you're really desperate, an interview is a two-way

  • street. You're both assessing whether you and the job are a good match.

  • And as I've explained, you'll have to do that by talking about why you are leaving your

  • current position, why you want this job, and where you see yourself in the future. And

  • through it all, a solid understanding of the company is just as important as an understanding

  • of English for job interviews.

  • That's all for today.

  • Copyright Business English Pod Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • So long, stay safe. And happy learning!

Business Skills 360, the podcast that looks at the other side of English.

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