If you’re at this level of practising your English then your English is probably quite high. You may be wanting to practise your English interview questions so you can find a job or you may be wanting to practise your skills to improve your chances of passing an English exam. Either way these are really useful questions to help you practise answering interview questions in English.
Practising interview questions is a great way to help you prepare for life in an English speaking country. It helps you to talk about different topics and it also gives you the more practical skill of preparing for a real life interview if you finally decide to live in an English speaking country forever.
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Interview questions to help you practise English
Here are some common questions in English that may come up in an interview. It’s useful to read over these questions and prepare different answers for each question so you don’t get caught off guard on the day of your interview. It’s always useful to be prepared.
- Tell me about your past experience?
- What are your biggest strengths?
- What are your biggest weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- Do you prefer working alone or working as part of a team?
- Can you tell me about yourself?
- What is your biggest professional achievement?
- What do you know about the company?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why should we hire you?
- How did you hear about this position?
- Why are you leaving/why have you left your previous job?
- How do you handle pressure?
- How do you like to be managed?
- How do you normally organise your time?
- What’s your dream job?
- Do you have any other interviews line up?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- What are you looking for in this position?
- Tell me about a time you’ve solved a problem
- Tell me about a time you’ve shown leadership
- Tell me about a time that you have led a project
You don’t have to write long answers for each of these questions but it would help for you to write some notes and maybe practise in front of the mirror or with a friend or teacher.
Issues in the workplace
Employers like to ask questions about any issues you have had in the workplace because they want to know how you would handle said issues. It’s ok if you have had an issue, it’s normal that these things happen and come up, what is important is that you handled the issue calmly and professionally.
- If you had a problem at work how would you handle it?
- If you were being bullied what steps would you take?
- If you didn’t get along with one of your coworkers, what would you do to resolve the issue?
- Tell me about a time you have had to talk to a member of HR
- Tell me about a time you have had a problem with another member of staff
- Tell me about a time that you have had a problem with your boss
School and education
This is even more important if you’ve recently graduated and don’t have much actual work experience. The more time that passes between when you graduated and when your interview takes place the less important these questions will become.
- Tell me about your university course
- What was the biggest problem you faced while studying at University?
- What achievement were you most proud with in University?
- What was your favourite subject at school?
- Who was your favourite teacher at school and why?
Just for fun
Employers need to know that you will be a good fit for the office. Just as they want someone who is professional and works hard they also probably want someone who is fun, sociable and will get on with their coworkers. Remember that you spend the majority of your time in the office so it is important that you get along with your coworkers and you can have fun while you work. Don’t be afraid to show that you’re a fun approachable person, while still remaining professional.
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- What are your hobbies?
- How would you friends describe you?
- If you were an animal what would you be?
- If you were a type of ice cream what would you be?
- Describe yourself in three words
- What are some hobbies that you would love to try out but that you haven’t had the chance to yet
Some of the most important things to remember when you’re preparing for a job interview is not just what you say but how you come across. It is important to the interviewer that you appear to be confident but professional. Therefore it’s important to:
- Dress smart
- Be prepared
- Maintain eye contact
- Keep positive body language
- Don’t fidget
- Arrive slightly early but not ridiculously so
- Find the office the day before so you know where you’re going on the actual day
- Try to relax
- Remember that they need to hire someone as much as you need to job
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Whether you’re want to improve your English interview skills because you’re applying for a job in an English speaking company or because you want to improve your skills to take an English exam, we hope you’ve found these English interview questions useful to help you practise.
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Good luck with your interviews and good luck with your learning.