Are you scared of speaking in English because you can’t remember the right words? Gain confidence with these tips:
Prepare a scriptRemember the STAR method when answering questions.
- Find out the company:
- Read news about the company and the industry.
- This will help you show:
- updated knowledge
- your interest in your field and in the company
- STAR means Specific situation, Task, Action, and Result.
- Use this when answering behavioral questions.
- Behavioural questions are those that start with: “Can you tell us about a time when…” or “Describe a situation where…”
- Example question: Tell me about a time when you took the lead on a difficult project.
- Example answer:
- “Our sales dropped in the last quarter. I volunteered to lead a committee to study why this happened (specific situation).
- I checked sales and customer feedback. Poor customer service was a common complaint (task).
- Our committee brainstormed for solutions to use in all our branches. We held customer service trainings for staff (action).
- After a month, our sales increased by 30% (result).”
- Read your script. Practice with a native speaker.
- Ask for feedback. Take notes.
- Read your notes and improve your weak points.
- Practice again if you have time.
Make your international experience a selling point
- Many companies value diversity in the workplace.
- Be confident about your international experience.
- Emphasize the skills that you gained.
- Mention your knowledge of other languages.
- Be careful not to over describe or sound boastful.
- Never lie about achievements.
Don’t worry about your accent
- Most people are used to accents in Manitoba.
- What is important is that you can be understood.
- Speak slower if you have a heavy accent.
- Don’t feel bad if they ask you to repeat what you said.
- Speak confidently. Talk at the right pace.
Even native speakers make mistakes
- Most newcomers are worried about making mistakes.
- Don’t mind slight grammatical errors.
- Focus on the content of what you are saying.
- Stop worrying.
During the interview: Ask if you don’t understand
- Tell the interviewer politely if you do not understand what he/she is saying.
Request the interviewer to speak slower. Some people don’t notice that they are talking too fast.
- You can say, “sorry?”
- “Would you mind repeating that again?”
- “Please repeat what you said.”
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There are many employment workshops all over Manitoba:
- English Online’s Employment Workshops will help you with researching the company you want to work for and preparing for a job interview – from your appearance to your body language.
- Manitoba Start has courses and seminars that can prepare you for an interview.
- Regional settlement centres: Brandon – Westman Immigrant Services provide employment support and referral. Steinbach – Eastman Immigrant Services offers the assistance of an employment facilitator and career coach. If you are not in these areas, check:
- Cartwright, Killarney, Boissevain Settlement Services (Cartwright, Killarney, Boissevain)
- Neepawa and Area Immigrant Settlement Services (Neepawa,Gladstone, Minnedosa)
- Immigrant Resource Centre (Portage La Prairie)
- Asessipi Parkland Settlement Services (Russell, Inglis, Angusville, Binscarth)
- Swan Valley Settlement Services (South Central)
- Thompson Newcomer Settlement Service
- Virden Settlement Services (Virden, Kola, Hamiota)
- South Central Immigrant Services (Winkler, Morden, Altona)
- Winnipeg Transition Centre has a two-day interview workshop and other employment workshops for free.
- Success Skills Centre offers private counseling and courses. They charge fee per hour.
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