Prepare for your job search and interview with specialized training from an experienced native-speaker trainer. From CVs and cover letters to answering tough job interview questions, we will help you prepare to succeed when interviewing in English.
You are unique! You have a unique job history, education and personality. In a good job interview, you share those qualities with the interviewer. But can you share – in English – who you really are and what you “bring to the table?” Can you be as concise, confident and persuasive in English as you are in your native language?
Are you already a high intermediate to advanced English speaker? Are you confident and comfortable speaking and writing in English? Then choose the 5 hour course and focus on role playing and refining likely interview questions. We will give you lots of feedback and help you shape your story into the best possible version of why you should get the job. This 5 hours course is usually delivered within one week.
In the 6-hour course, we will rehearse likely job interview questions and answers. Here are some examples-
• Tell us about yourself. Note: This is the most important question you will answer.
• Why are you the right person for this job?
• What are your professional strengths? Weaknesses?
• What is your leadership style at work?
• What kind of team player are you?
• Where do you see your career in 10 years?
• What do your colleagues say about you?
Are you a low intermediate English speaker? Are you worried about speaking and writing in English? Then choose the 10-hour course and work on your CV(s) and cover letter(s), general English and rehearsing likely interview questions. We will give you lots of feedback and help you shape your docs and story into the best possible version of why you should get the job. This 10 hour course is usually delivered over a few weeks.
Request a free online appointment to talk to one of our native-speaker trainers about choosing the best job coaching course.
This course is usually offered online (on Zoom) and is taught by trainers from our Amsterdam-based team. If you prefer the course in person, just ask us.
We can often start private courses pretty quickly. Ask us. Private courses are offered year round.
Yes, all English Center trainers are native speakers. They come from the US, the UK, Ireland and Australia. They are qualified, well-educated professionals who will build your skills and confidence from the first meeting.
Research shows that employers often choose confidence over competence, and communication over core professional skills. That means that your great education, high intelligence and solid work history may not be enough to win over your interviewer, because she is judging how well you will fit on her team. She already likes your CV, or you would not be there! Now she is trying to get a sense of your personality and communication style.
The number one skill for an interviewee is not speaking, it’s listening. You must be a good listener in order to answer questions accurately. And that means being calm and attentive. And of course you have to have enough vocabulary, grammar and idiom to know exactly what is being said and asked. Only then can you give appropriate answers.
Your interviewer will observe your fluency. If you often pause to find the words you need to complete your sentences, your interviewer will know that your access to productive (spoken) English is not great. The interviewer will conclude that you will be the same with colleagues and clients. If you have spoken English fluency issues, you may want to consider a longer English course to really build your vocabulary and fluency.
Can you effectively “meet and greet,” describe, discuss, agree, disagree, ask smart questions and tell your career story – in English? Do you know how long to “hold the floor” (to speak?) Remember that a good job interview is a good conversation (with special rules and goals, of course.) So you may want to start with learning how to be a good conversationalist before you tackle the actual interview!
Read more about the “Fine Art of Conversation” here.
In a job interview, it is not enough to say that you are a team player or that you are a good leader. You have to have an example ready to share. If you are not a natural storyteller and you don’t like to talk about yourself, you need to learn the skill of “business storytelling.”
If the answer is yes, you may want to get some accent reduction training. It is not fair, but people will judge you more negatively if your accent is strong, even if your grammar and fluency are perfect! You can read more about accent training here.
Call The English Center +31 (0)20 823 0569. Or click the Register button at the top of the page to enroll in this course.
We are happy to speak with you in English or Dutch. We specialize in focused business English and job interview preparation for career minded people like you.
Meet with a native-speaker English trainer from our top team to discuss your learning goals.