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Pre-interview tips for bilingual job seekers

Posted: 2015-02-12
Category: Interviews
A diverse attractive man and woman business team handshake at office building (image: recruiting company has sent the same guide to all your competitors, and if you only bank on those do's and don'ts, it's highly possible that you won't get anywhere too far. Sounds discouraging? Don't lose hope yet, especially if you are a bilingual. Here are some tips for scoring one above your competitors the easy way:

Be Punctual

While your reason to turn up late may be genuine, even a delay of a few minutes can make a big difference at an interview, where any attempt at an explanation will be taken with a pinch of salt. You can be judged as careless or simply irresponsible. Worse still, these are the kind of things that stick in one's mind. So much so that you may not be considered even for a future vacancy even though you may be the best man or woman for the job! But if you are a bilingual who is on time, talented and courteous, it's safe to say that you stand a pretty good chance.

First impression is a lasting one

So you were not late, but equally damning is if you skipped a bath or a shave pre-interview. If you smell or look unkempt, your chance to bag the job is as good as minimal, no matter how experienced you may be or how many languages you may speak. Also important is your confidence level which is often judged by something as basic as a handshake or a nervous tic that you can't shake off. So relax and control the urges to twitch your eyes or bite your lip, along with the usual signs that might project you as being nervous, ¬Ělike clearing your throat or shaky limbs. Remember always that your language skills have already placed you way ahead in the rat race, and let that thought reassure you.

Be passionate

It is equally important to be deemed as interesting and passionate. No one wants to be around someone with a unidimensional personality for long. If you are passionate about your hobbies, talk about them, all the while making sure that you are not boring the interviewer, of course! If you are boring from the start, then your chances are usually a little bit dimmer. Many hiring managers also seem to think that the candidate who lacks passion may get demotivated and quit sooner. Be aware of the fact that the recruiter already thinks that you are capable and is aware of your many achievements - otherwise, you simply wouldn't be there! What they are possibly trying to judge at this point is whether you will be someone who will have a positive impact on the team and its performance.

Pleasant people are the most attractive 

Some rules are so basic and yet we tend to forget them. It's important to come across as likeable and as a person who will get along with the team, even outside of work. Remember that old saying "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy". It's very likely that the team will be involved in bonding exercises, will catch a few meals outside work and will tank up on beers to celebrate successful completion or bagging of projects. So you want to come across as someone your team will welcome, will share a good rapport with and feel comfortable with in work and casual scenarios. Remember, people find it easiest to look up to, learn from and respect those who are nice and have minimal egos, and conversely, these are qualities that can turn you into a good leader.
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