English job solicitation and interview preparation
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?
Our approach to your job search
• We will start with your CV, also known as a resume. Is the English correct? Is your CV clear and focused? Does it fit the job you are applying for?
• What about your cover letter? Does it add something to the CV? Will it get the attention of the reader?
• Are your general writing skills good enough to get and keep the job?
• How strong is your accent?
• How good is your English under pressure?
• Are you a good listener? Can you answer common interview questions accurately and concisely?
• Are you comfortable online and in person?
• Are your conversational and diplomatic in English?
Job interviews are tough. Can you confidently answer these English interview questions?
• 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?
Make an investment in your international career – in the Netherlands or worldwide
5-Hour Package: English Job Solicitation Private Lessons
Live Online 5 hours €400 BTW free
In person 5 hours €475 BTW free
10-Hour Package: English Job Solicitation Private Lessons
Live Online 10 hours €800 BTW free
In person 10 hours €950 BTW free
Would you like to enroll in a private job solicitation training course? Call or email us. Want to get started fast? No problem.
The English Center of Amsterdam provides personalized “Get Hired” lessons Live Online worldwide and in person. Meet us in Amsterdam, Den Haag, Amstelveen and the Randstad. Call +31 20 823 0569.
What Vandebron says about our in-company business English training
“Since 2019 we have offered Business English Courses at Vandebron, to help our employees feel more comfortable expressing themselves in English during lunch talks, business conversations, project meetings or presentations. The English Centre is well organized, flexible, and the teacher greatly aligns with our DNA, business context and specific learnings needs.
10/2021 – Fransje Voncken, Specialist Learning & Development at Vandebron Energie
A great review for our in-company Business English training from South Stream Transport BV
“We are extremely happy with the services of the English Center. We have organized in-company group courses for our new hires from Russia and Turkey. The teachers are wonderful, they are patient and able to adjust their teaching style to each participant of the group. Thanks to the professional support from the English Center our colleagues were able to improve from beginner to a (upper) intermediate level in one year time, moreover, our colleagues feel confident to speak and write freely.”
12/2020 – Lucy van der Vlist-Jansen, Senior HR business partner, Recruiter a.i. at South Stream Transport BV
Research shows that communication skills and confidence are key factors in winning a new job.
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.
In your employment interview, listening is job #1!
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.
But what about speaking? How fluent are you? Can you find your words?
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.
Do you have the functional and social English you need for a good job interview?
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!
In the job interview, can you give examples (little stories) that bring your professional strengths to life?
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.”
Do you have a strong accent? Do people often ask you to repeat yourself?
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 is your accent is strong, even if your grammar and fluency are perfect! You can read more about accent training here.
Are you unsure about your business English level?
Or try our free Business English test now. It is quite challenging!
Do you want to know your current English level before your English job solicitation search begins? Check out these options.
More help to prepare for a job interview in English
In addition to your teacher contact hours in the English interview training, you may like our FREE online video Business English courses.
Call The English Center +31 20 823 0569. We are happy to speak with you in English or Dutch. We specialize in focused business English for career minded people like you.
For more information about job solicitation training – online or in person in Amsterdam, Amstelveen, Den Haag and the Randstad – please call +31 20 823 0569 or complete our form.