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英文面試不要怕,簡單撇步教給你(上)

一年很快地已經過了四分之一,而畢業也即將接近,不少畢業生開始陸陸續續準備未來工作的面試。

面試對大多數人而言想必是一件既期待又害怕受傷害的事情吧!尤其面對不同語言的面試,更是難上加難了!但是請莫慌莫急莫害怕,小編在這裡為大家整理了一些英文面試的小撇步,提供你們可以在正式面試時派上用場喔!

 

 

 

 

一 打招呼(Greetings)

在英文中有許多打招呼的方式和用語,但哪一種在工作面試時會是最恰當的呢?

首先,記得先以”Hello”或是”Good morning”作為開始。

再來你可以使用” How are you doing this morning?”來問候面試主管而非使用平常較為常用的” How are you?” 這些小小的差異能夠使你的英文變得更加自然,更像是母語為英文的人士所使用的喔!

而當有人問候你時,你可以這麼回答!

無聊的答案:I’m fine.

較佳的說法:I’m great! I’m at an interview for a company I admire, or I’m a little nervous. I’m at an interview for my dream job.

 

 

 

 

二 你的優勢(Your Strengths)

面試主管會用很多方式來詢問你的優勢或優點。而你的優勢則為能在工作上發揮的厲害技巧或是專業能力等。面試主管想知道你的優點所在,因此可能會問:

Why are you suited for this company?

What can you bring to the table?

How will you be an asset to this company?

這時候你的回答就必須把你的優點或者價值表達出來,告訴面試主管你的能力在哪裡:

I excel at multi-tasking.

I am good at multitasking. I also write well and can complete reports well in a short time.

不管你的能力清單為何,記得加上一點:語言能力。身為一個雙語者(bilingual)或是多語者(multilingual) 的最大優勢為你可以更加容易地連結國際性的工作、語言的溝通、以及在多樣化的環境裡工作累積經驗。

以下提供給大家在介紹優勢時可以使用的英文單字:

Strengths are: key skills, talents, abilities, competencies, knowledge, things you do really well
Describing your strengths: excel in/at, asset to, bring to the table, good at, do well
Strength verbs: planning, organizing, monitoring, managing, evaluating, budgeting, inspiring, developing, encouraging, coaching, holding others accountable
Strength adjectives: multicultural, bilingual, multilingual, global, culturally diverse

 

 

 

 

三 你的弱勢(Your Weaknesses)

人不完美,每個人或多或少都有些缺點。一般而言,你的弱勢與優勢可能為一體兩面的事情,舉例來說:你的優勢為總是能夠在期限內完成任務,但弱勢可能是你比較沒有考慮到細節的部份,因為你做事情太快卻不夠細心謹慎。或是假如你是個細心留意細節的人,但你的弱勢就可能會是常常延期交件時間。

面試主管可能會問一些問題來了解你的弱勢部分:

What would you say is your greatest weakness?

What would your coworkers say they dislike about working with you?

What would your former boss say your biggest opportunities are?

那該怎麼回答這樣的問題呢?

這邊教你幾個方法來幫助你包裝你的不完美

首先,記得要強調 ”頻率”。你的缺點發生在有時候、偶爾、幾次 (sometimes, occasionally or at times.) 你需要用這些字彙來澄清你並非總是都有這些不完美的一面。並且你要解釋在那些特定的情況下,你的弱勢會顯現出來,例如與其說自己為 I’m bossy 你可以說:

I delegate roles to the team quickly which sometimes makes my team feel I am not considering their feelings.

這樣的說法會讓人明白你是知道自己的缺點何在、何時、何地會發生的,它也顯現出別人會怎麼看待這事,而你對於此事是會在意的。因此你會更加小心行事並更正錯誤。

但是如果只有知道自己弱勢所在這樣是不夠的,你必須提出改善的方法。提供可行的行動將你的弱勢轉化為優勢。像是主管問:

Is your weakness your business English?

而你可以這麼回答:

Every day, I read one article in The Financial Times and highlight the words I’m unfamiliar with. After that, I look up the definition and use each word in a sentence. Every Sunday, I quiz myself on all the new words I learned.

這樣的回答會讓人覺得,你的弱勢只是暫時的,而你有在真正的付出行動去做改變。

以下提供給大家在說明弱勢時可以使用的相關單字:

Weakness are: things you don’t do well, problems, issues, opportunities for improvement
Weakness descriptions: makes my team feel…, makes others feel…
Weakness frequency: at times, sometimes, occasionally

 

 

 

 

四 你的經歷(Your Past)

在以前,面試主管可能會問一些假設性的問題來詢問如果發生這樣的情況,你會怎麼做,但是現在已經不再是這樣了。

現在面試主管會想知道你過去"真的做過了什麼"以此了解你在未來可以做些什麼:

What were your responsibilities in your previous position? How did you tackle them?

而你可以這樣回答:

I was a sales associate in charge of the Northeast region. My responsibilities included meeting a sales quota every 4 months.I tackled my sales quota by setting small goals every month, learning about the product and building relationships in the local communities. I met my sales quota two months early.

或者主管可能會問其他問題了解你的想法、感覺、或是解決事情的處理方式:

When were you most disappointed at work? How did you feel? What did you do?

而最好回答這個問題的方法為 PAR,也就是Problem, Action, Result

問題出在哪裡:

My colleague resigned and I was given all of her responsibilities, in addition to my existing work. I felt overwhelmed.

所採取的行動為何:

I combined related responsibilities so I could complete them all together. I understood the job duties for this position, so I also assisted in hiring and training an appropriate replacement.

事情的結果為何:

I developed an effective replacement team member. She was even promoted within the year.

透過這樣的回答可以讓人了解到你曾經所遭遇的挫折,而你又如何去看待以及面對、克服它。

以下提供給大家在說明過往經歷時可以使用的單字:

Past job description: responsibilities, duties, tasks, work, workload, role, assignments
Synonyms for responsible: in charge of, accountable for, answerable
Success and strength: Tackling your responsibilities (how you completed them)
Challenges: tight deadlines, strict deadlines, limited resources, few staff

以上先和大家分享四個撇步,下一次再和大家分享剩下的四個喔^^

資料來源:https://www.fluentu.com/blog/business-english/english-interview/

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