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9 Common Job Interview Mistakes

This article was originally shared on EuropeLanguageJobs.com. Make sure to check out our ‘Job Opportunities‘ page to find out what amazing international positions are available for you. 

Mistakes in job interviews can be costly. In fact, in some cases they can be the difference between getting a job and being rejected.

There are certain questions that you should avoid and little trick to remember but if you are aware of the most common job interview mistakes then you should have at least something of an advantage over the competition.The truth is that there is a filter hanging over every interview; your potential employer or colleague may understand something different from what you had planned to convey.

So beware: anything you say can and will be taken down and used in evidence against you.

 

9 Common Job Interview Mistakes:


1.

What you say: “I’m sorry I’m late”

What the interviewer hears: “I haven’t thought about the value of your time”

A Common Job Interview Mistake

 

2.

What you say:  “My biggest flaw is that I’m a perfectionist”

What the interviewer hears:  “None of my real flaws have that positive spin you’re looking for, so I’ve reverted to clichés”

A Common Job Interview Mistake

 

3.

What you say:  “I didn’t get on very well with my last boss”

What the interviewer hears:  “I’m not easy to work with, and I talk badly about my colleagues behind their backs”

A Common Job Interview Mistake

 

4.

What you say:  “I don’t have any particular weaknesses I can think of”

What the interviewer hears:  “I have not bothered to prepare for this common question, I’m not good at thinking on my feet, and I haven’t thought critically about myself before”

A Common Job Interview Mistake

 

5.

What you say:  “How much holiday time do we get?”

What the interviewer hears:  “I’m already looking forward to not being at this job that you haven’t given me yet”

A Common Job Interview Mistake

 

6.

What you say:  “I’m a people person”

What the interviewer hears:  “I am relying on my social skills to land me this position” / “My ‘people skills’ are not self-evident enough for this to go without saying”

A Common Job Interview Mistake

 

7.

What you say:  “Something about myself? I’m an Aries and I have a tattoo of my mum’s name on my arm.”

What the interviewer hears:  “I don’t understand boundaries or what the interviewer is looking for”

A Common Job Interview Mistake

 

8.

What you say:  “What does the role entail?”

What the interviewer hears:  “I didn’t read the job offer fully, or research the company further”

A Common Job Interview Mistake

 

9.

What you say:  “I don’t have any questions”

What the interviewer hears:  “I am going to write to you later this afternoon to ask the questions I forgot to prepare”

A Common Job Interview Mistake


All of the above are common job interview mistakes that can be easily avoided with preparation!

Always be aware of what you believe the recruiter is looking for and how you can show that you fit that role.

Everything else is a matter of logic! Put yourself in the shoes of the employer to see how your words could be interpreted so that you don’t end up disappointed!

Still fishing for interviews? Complete your online profile to attract your perfect employers and find fresh, exciting offers every day.

Finding a Job, Resources

Where Is Your Language Most in Demand?

This article was originally shared on EuropeLanguageJobs.com. Make sure to check out our ‘Job Opportunities‘ page to find out what amazing international positions are available for you. 

Europeans are becoming more and more open to the exciting and adventurous prospect of relocating to work abroad. Many use their native language, which is usually much more valuable outside of their own country, to secure a job in their new destination.

But where would your mother tongue be most useful? Which country needs your linguistic skills the most?

Using statistics from the Europe Language Jobs website, we have put together a list of the countries where each language is the most in demand.

French > Hungary 

French speaking jobs in Hungary

They’re “Hungary” for the French language in this country – sorry – so if you speak French and are open to an Eastern European adventure, why not check out the job opportunities we have there? French itself is fairly widely demanded, so if Hungary isn’t the destination you had in mind, fear not – your language is almost as demanded in Portugal and Germany too!

 

Danish > Ireland

Danish speaking jobs in Ireland

Relocating to the Emerald Isle is something that many Europeans from across the whole continent are becoming familiar with. If you’re a Danish speaker then the world’s biggest tech firms and social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, as well as numerous other companies, are calling your name. Moving to Ireland is also a great opportunity to perfect your English and pick up a bit of Irish charm.

 

German > Netherlands

German speaking jobs in The Netherlands

You German speakers are in serious demand across the whole of Europe. However, you don’t have to travel too far to get to where your mother tongue is most in demand. A whopping 43% of offers in the Netherlands at Europe Language Jobs require German, and you have no excuses for not making it back for Christmas!

 

Swedish > Malta

Swedish speaking jobs in Malta

I hope you Swedes aren’t too attached to the wind and snow because your language is most required on the glistening island of Malta. It may be a bit of a change of scene for you but this Mediterranean gem is steeped in rich culture and boasts a great climate. Malta’s beauty should help you avoid any hints of homesickness.

 

Italian > Bulgaria 

Italian speaking jobs in Bulgaria

Sofia is one of Europe’s fastest growing economic capitals and more and more companies are choosing to base themselves there. So if you’re an Italian speaker, get packing because this is the country that is looking for your language the most. At Europe Language Jobs we have seen a boom in the number of jobs listed in this incredible country, so why not take advantage of it!

 

Dutch > Germany

Dutch speaking jobs in Germany

The Dutch/German relationship seems to be a two-way affair. The close proximity of these two large European economies, as well as a similarity in their language, is no doubt the reason for their consistent exchange of workforce and language.

 

If your language isn’t on the list then why not check out the opportunities on the Europe Language jobs website. Filter your language and the country you want to take the first step on the road to an adventure abroad.

If you particularly want to move to one of these places then maybe you should start thinking about which language you should learn to give you the advantage!

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The Best Ways To Find A Job Abroad

This article was originally shared on EuropeLanguageJobs.com. Make sure to check out our ‘Job Opportunities‘ page to find out what amazing international positions are available for you. 

To find a job abroad there are certain tips and tricks that will really help you on your way. Speaking the language of the country you want to live in is usually an advantage but not always necessary. If your level of English is high enough to read this then you can already congratulate yourself on having one of the most employable skills in the professional world.

The key to finding a job abroad is wanting to find a job abroad. This may sound obvious but many people embark on the job search out of obligation rather than passion. The things you really need if you want to work abroad are: a taste for adventure, ability to adapt, a positive attitude and, last but not least, bravery.

To successfully find a job abroad make sure you:

1)    Know your audience

The norms of recruitment vary according to which country you’re in. Therefore, it’s very important that you know what needs to be on your CV, how you behave in the interview and even small details like who you address your cover letter to.

Should you include a picture in your application? How many pages should the CV be? It is important to find these things out before you start sending applications.

2)    Look for a relocation package

Surely I’d need savings to find a job abroad? I hear you ask. Well, many companies offer a full relocation package to successful candidates, which often includes a bonus and accommodation, and makes the move that bit more manageable.

Customer service jobs are especially likely to offer this relocation assistance, as well as many other attractive perks.

3)    Choose your location wisely

Why are you trying to find a job abroad? It could be that you want to learn a language, maybe you’re moving for love (of a place or person), or perhaps you simply need an adventure. Whatever it is, you need to know your motivation and use it to select the best location for you.

You should consider where your profile will have the most opportunities. Do you know where your language is most in demand? Do you know which the cheapest cities in Europe to live in are? Research at this early stage can be the difference between adventure and disaster.

4)    Consider a transfer within your current company

One of the advantages of working for a multinational is that there may well be opportunities in other countries within the same company. This would make your life much easier, as you already know the drill and the job could be some welcome familiarity when you arrive in a strange country.

Of course, you may be moving abroad to escape from a job you hate but you could use it as a plane ticket and documentation to your desired country. Fresh opportunities may arise once you arrive

 

5)    Take advantage of social media 

Networking is one of the most valuable things you can do to boost your visibility and reputation. Including keywords (such as: new opportunities, jobseeker and new challenges) in your LinkedIn profile will make you immediately more discoverable to employers searching for your skills.

Having a high number of contacts (even if it’s 500+ recruiters), as well as little tricks like simplifying the URL of your LinkedIn profile, will make you appear much more professional. Twitter is also a great place to discover like-minded people and interesting organisations. Check hashtags in the sector that you want to work in to keep up to date.

 

 

6)    Attend job fairs for international employers

Keeping an eye out on LinkedIn and other social networks for interesting events is a good idea. Events like job fairsor career workshops are a great way to show willing and to introduce yourself to companies on a personal level.

You can receive feedback on your profile and CV, discover new things about the companies and their presence abroad as well as forming useful connections. Don’t forget the freebies!

 

7)    Consider new sectors

Maybe you’re not quite sure what you want to do in your new country but keeping your options open is a good idea. Working in customer service may not seem like a particularly attractive offer, but the perks that come along with it (as well as the relocation packages mentioned previously) could change your mind. If you’re willing to do it, you can get a job almost anywhere.

Teaching a language is also a very popular option. With a high level of English you can travel almost anywhere in the world and teach, but other languages are in demand too. Being a native speaker in a language is definitely an advantage in this sector.

Remember: If you’re not online, you don’t exist

For some the fact that the recruitment world has almost totally shifted online in recent years is an unwelcome one. Many would argue that it alienates older workers who simply never received the appropriate training. It may be a harsh reality for some but the truth is that if you’re not online, it’s going to be really tough to find a job abroad.

This also means that the more places you’re in, the better. Not just the generic job boards where you will be lost in the crowd of competition, but the sites focused around a sector, like Europe Language Jobs is with languages but there are sites for every major sector and a quick Google search should help you find them.

The internet is exactly what has made finding a job abroad much easier, and even possible, for millions of people.  You can now check out a place on the other side of the world without having to even stand up and with ground-breaking apps like  Mondly you can now learn a language in Virtual Reality, in preparation for you arrival to a new country.

So, have you decided on your destination yet?