When a student is able to give some great answers with professional phrases and accurate grammar, all in a spontaneous manner, the second stage is to work on preparing for the unexpected. We all know that anything can happen in an interview!
Preparing answers and stories that can be used for multiple questions
One trick which is key to interviews is to learn 4 or 5 stories which can be used to answer various questions. We will find out what those stories are, and how you can structure them in order to keep the interviewer interested.
Quick switching of questions to become familiar with a pressurised interview environment
Switching between questions very quickly is one of the best techniques to prepare students for the unexpected. Towards the end of training, I aim to simulate a high pressure uncomfortable environment, by mixing up the different interview questions in a random order, so that you don't know what question to expect next! This trains students' reflexes and their ability to think quickly in English in stressful and difficult situations!
Learn my 6 golden improvisation phrases for questions you didn't know were coming!
As we know, interviews can be highly unpredictable, and it is impossible to cover every single possible question in training. If you receive a question you are not sure of, I will teach you the key skills for improvisation, as well as 6 golden phrases that can make you sound impressive in any question!
Phrases you can use to delay your answer
Have you ever been in an interview where you are not sure what to say in your answer? This situation isn't as scary as you think with training from my job interview course. I teach students a range of phrases they can use if they don't know what to say! What is even better is that the phrases are aimed to make you sound professional at the same time! In a role-play interview situation, I sometimes throw some strange questions into the interview to give the student some practice in using these phrases and thinking of answers quickly.
Learn the different ways that questions are asked
What are your main weaknesses? What areas of your field do you feel that you would like to improve?
After preparing for an interview, we want to make sure that we are not confused by questions just because the interviewer is asking it in a different way!
To avoid this nightmare situation, I provide detailed training on the different ways that interviewers can structure each question. When we train in role-play interviews I always ask each question in a different way each time to keep you prepared for anything!