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  • Hi, I'm Howard, the manager of the marketing team.

  • Hi, I'm Kelsi. Nice to meet you!

  • Nice to meet you. Please have a seat.

  • So, how are you?

  • I'm good. How are you?

  • Great, thank you.

  • Alright, so you're here to interview for the Online Marketing Assistant position, correct?

  • Yes.

  • Alright, to get started, can you tell me a bit about yourself?

  • Uh...

  • English Job Interviews: The Most Common Questions & How to Answer Them!

  • Hi, everyone! Welcome back to VT English.

  • Job interviews are stressful for all of us.

  • But, if you're interviewing for a job in a language that's not your native language, it can be even more stressful!

  • In this video, we're going to go through some of the most common questions

  • that are asked in English interviews

  • and give you some tips on how to answer them.

  • Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

  • The most common first question in English interviews is "Can you tell me a bit about yourself?"

  • This question can seem difficult to answer because it's so open,

  • but the interviewer mainly wants to hear about your education and work experience.

  • You can also include some personal information, like your interests, if you think it relates to the job.

  • But remember to keep it short and sweet!

  • Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

  • Sure.

  • I graduated from the University of Washington in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

  • Since then, I've worked at two different companies as a marketing assistant.

  • And I'm also an avid reader, so I'm really interested in working in the publishing industry.

  • Alright. It sounds like you have a lot of great experience.

  • What do you know about our company?

  • Another question you might be asked is "What do you know about our company?"

  • The interviewer wants to know whether you've done your research about the company

  • and how much they need to explain to you about it.

  • Make sure to take a look at the company's website and social media before your interview

  • so that you're prepared to answer this question.

  • So, what do you know about our company?

  • Well, I know that Carleton Publishing is one of the leading publishing companies in the country.

  • I also heard that you guys are focusing more on eBooks recently.

  • That's correct. Let me tell you a little bit more about that...

  • Why do you want to work here?

  • To answer the question "Why do you want to work here?" you can explain what attracts you to the company.

  • You could talk about things that you admire about the company,

  • maybe their products or services, their values, or even their success.

  • Or you could talk about things that you see as benefits of working at the company,

  • like training opportunities or career paths that excite you.

  • So Kelsi, why do you want to work here?

  • I think that working at such a prestigious publishing company will give me a lot of opportunities to learn and grow.

  • I also really admire that Carleton gives back to the community through charity work.

  • Yes, that's something we've really been focusing on lately.

  • What would you say is your greatest weakness?

  • "What would you say is your greatest weakness?" is a tricky question,

  • but you need to be ready to answer it!

  • Don't give them a fake answer, like "I work too hard."

  • Choose a real weakness,

  • but make sure it's something that won't make the interviewer

  • doubt your ability to do the job you're applying for.

  • You can also mention how you're trying to improve on this weakness.

  • What would you say is your greatest weakness?

  • I think an area I could improve on is public speaking.

  • I tend to get nervous when I have to speak in front of more than a few people.

  • But I'm trying to improve on this by volunteering to present when I'm given the opportunity to at work.

  • OK. That shouldn't be much of an issue here.

  • What would you say is your greatest strength?

  • If you're asked "What would you say is your greatest strength?"

  • it's a great opportunity to highlight strengths that you want the interviewer to know about.

  • Make sure that you choose strengths that are related to the job.

  • You could even look at the job description and choose a quality that they list there.

  • What is your greatest strength?

  • I would say that my greatest strength is my ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines.

  • In my last position, I often had to juggle several projects at a time,

  • so I learned to manage my time effectively to get everything done.

  • Perfect. That will definitely come into play in this position.

  • Why should we hire you?

  • "Why should we hire you?" is another tough question.

  • The interviewer is asking you to convince them that you are right for this job.

  • To answer, you can explain why you are qualified for the job and what sets you apart from others.

  • Why should we hire you?

  • I think that my combination of experiences, skills, and interests make me a perfect fit for this job.

  • I have experience in marketing and strong writing skills,

  • and I also have a passion for books which I think will help me understand the company and its values.

  • OK. That all sounds really good.

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • Some interviewers might ask you "Where do you see yourself in five years?"

  • The interviewer wants to know about your future plans and how they might go together with this job.

  • To answer this, you can tell them a little about your career goals.

  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

  • In five years, I hope to be a marketing manager, and I'd especially like to continue my focus on online marketing.

  • Alright. Seems like a great goal.

  • Do you have any questions?

  • The last question that you'll be asked at a job interview is: Do you have any questions?

  • Make sure you're prepared to ask at least one meaningful question.

  • You could ask them to clarify things about the job or ask something about the company overall.

  • But, it's best to avoid questions about salary or benefits if it's the first interview.

  • Do you have any questions for me?

  • Well, I know a lot about the company's publications and public relations,

  • but I'm curious about the corporate culture.

  • Can you tell me more about that?

  • Sure. Overall, we try to maintain a positive, enjoyable working environment.

  • One way we do this is by organizing social activities several times a year.

  • That sounds great.

  • Well, I think that's about it.

  • It sounds like you'd make a great fit. We'll definitely be in touch.

  • Thank you so much.

  • You bet.

  • What do you think is the hardest part about English interviews?

  • Leave a comment below letting us know.

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Hi, I'm Howard, the manager of the marketing team.

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