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Interviewing in English | Vocabulary Words You Should Know

Posted by Lindsay McMahon on Fri, Nov 04, 2011 @ 07:59 AM

Interviewing in English

Would you like to know more about interviewing in English? Are you preparing for a job or internship interview in the United States? In previous articles, we have talked about how culture affects your interviewing style and why it is important to ask questions in an interview in the US. We have also talked about the four common questions that you should expect to get when you are being interviewed in the US. So if you have read our previous articles, you know a few things about what to expect in an interview. But do you have the vocabulary words that you will need to effectively communicate your skills and experience? In today's lesson, we will look at some essential vocabulary words for an interview.


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Verbs to describe your experience in your last job:


Carry out: To execute a plan or strategy, to make something happen.

"In my previous position as a researcher, I carried out three different lab experiments"


Collaborate: To work with others cooperatively to produce something

"I collaborated with a group of colleagues to develop a new sales strategy"


Develop: To create or build something

"We developed a new model for evaluating client satisfaction"


Direct: To lead, to be in chargeinterviewing in English, sitting in cafe

"I directed a project related to international sales"


Facilitate: To assist others in completing a task, to make a task easier, to help people move forward on a project or in a discussion.

"In my last position, I facilitated many product development meetings with my colleagues"


Implement: To carry something out

"Along with my sales team, I implemented an inbound marketing campaign and saw excellent results"


Introduce: To bring an idea

"I consistently introduced new ideas in our meetings with the president of our company"


Motivate: To give incentive to do something

"In my position as manager at my last job, I was able to motivate my colleagues to set a sales record in 2010"


Present: To deliver information to a large group of people (speech or presentation)

"I have presented at professional conferences for the past 3 years in a row"


Supervise: To be in charge of a group, to oversee performance

" I am comfortable supervising large groups of people"



Focus on action verbs in the interview:


When you are being interviewed in English for a job in the US, it is a good idea to use action verbs like the verbs listed above and mention your specific accomplishments in your last job or in other positions that you have had. Why? It is nice to say that you are a good leader, but it is more powerful to say that you led a group that developed a new product or that you led weekly meetings with your team in your last job. Provide examples of why you are the right candidate for the job and you will be more likely to succeed in your interview!


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