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April 2013

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English Job Interview and Self-Introduction

If you prepare for your English job interview with statements such as “My major was literacy and I have several certificates blah..blah..”, you may find that this is not the correct strategy. What job interviewers want to know is what kind of person you are, rather than what you did. You need to appeal yourself to them.

The best way to attract job interviewers’ attention is to figure out their intentions. Here we suggest some tips and answers we gathered from countless English interviews.

 

Tips

 

“Self-introduction” is asked by 80% of interviewers. So you need to prepare your unique introduction perfectly. At the same time try to not make it seem like you have memorized it. If people don’t prepare their introduction properly, this could ruin the rest of their interview.

* Answers for Job Interview: You need to demonstrate why you are the right person for the job, while stating your current situation. That is, you need to show that you have the right personality they are looking for. Therefore, you should prepare the following:

1. Make sure what your interviewer is looking for in job applicants.

2. At the beginning of your interview, ask your interviewer what the job is in detail – like this, for example: “I have a number of accomplishments I’d like to tell you about, but I want to make the best use of our time together and talk directly to your needs. To help me do that, could you please tell me more about the most important priorities of this position? So far I just have some limited information from the recruiter, the advertisement for the job, etc.”

Try to avoid this and similar statements:‘I was born in Hoboken, and when I was three we moved …’ (They are not interested in your private business – they are interested in how you are proper for the job.)

Some other examples that will be useful:

1) “I can summarize who I am in three words.”
(This can attract interviewers’ attention immediately. Make sure you are prepared with those three key words which describe yourself)

2) “The quotation I live my life by is…”
(This will tell them you are surely motivated by something)

3) “My personal philosophy is…”
(This will make them think you are a person with strong belief, rather than just simple employee)

4) “People who know me best say that I’m”
(This will make you look like a person having instinction)

5) “Well, I googled myself this morning, and here’s what I found…”
(This may show the interviewers you are humorous. Humor is a tool making yourself impressive)

6) “My passion is…”
(Interviewers want to know who you are, more than what you are doing. What your passion is tells them who you are)

7) “When I was seven years old, I always wanted to be…”
(This shows your passion for a position related to your lifelong dream, and that you are therefore likely well prepared for the position)

8) “If Hollywood made a movie about my life, it would be called..”
(exciting and fun way to express yourself)

9) “Can I show you, instead of tell you?”
(Then you pick something and show it out of your pocket. Who can forget about this witty answer?)

10) “The compliment people give me most frequently is…”
(This recommendation takes a more objective approach, and shows that you are open to people’s feedback)

 

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English Essay, How to Learn English

How long do you need to learn English?

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 Kids learn languages by mimicking their parents and people surrounding them.

 

According to linguists, after people have spent around 2,000 hours in learning a new language, they can then communicate with others in that language. If the time is over 3,000 hours, they become very fluent. That’s why babies start to speak around 2 or 3 years old and get fluent around 4 or 5.

 

Wow! How can I study English more than 2,000 or even 3,000 hours!

How many hours did you study English? Don’t worry if your hours have not been that long. You are not an English native-speaker. People know about that. You don’t need to be a native speaker. If you are a businessman, working 40 hours per week, it should be possible for you to practice one hour or per day for one year – and you will then be able to communicate smoothly with your counterparts in English. Your goal is to communicate in English, not to be an English expert.

 

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English Essay

Differences between British and American English

Most people know that British and American English have quite a few differences, and in some cases these differences are becoming more pronounced as time goes on. . Most Americans recognize this on their first day of a trip to the United Kingdom. Robert Burchfield, the editor of the Oxford Dictionary, has expressed his belief that the English in the two countries may be totally different languages in 200 years since they are rapidly drifting apart.

Don’t worry too much – there is quite a bit of time between now and 200 years from now. As a foreign language student, you just need to notice there are some different words between the two English dialects. In fact, people in the world invent and use their own style English such as Italian style, Spanish style, Singlish and Korean style – though they are not used universally!

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