How to Practice

If you are serious about performing well at an interview and landing the job, then you need to practice beforehand. It is more effective if the practice is realistic.

Even native English speakers need to practice and prepare for job interviews. So, if you are a non-native English speaker, you probably want to prepare a lot for an interview. The more you practice, the more confident and comfortable you will be during the interview.

Here are some ways that you can prepare for your interview.

1. Use this App

Study with the English Interview conversations to hear common job interview questions and hear how to answer these questions naturally.

You can prepare for specific questions by studying with the Interview Preparation section of this app. In this section, we teach you different ways to answer the most common job interview questions.

Last, get some realistic practice with the Interview Simulator. You can practice answering job interview questions. You do not know what question will be asked, so you can simulate a real job interview.

2. Practice in front of the Mirror

Standing in front of a mirror and saying your answers aloud is a great way to practice for not only a job interview but also a presentation or speech. This practice method helps you gain confidence and become more comfortable answering questions and telling stories.

Remember that it is always better to practice speaking aloud instead of just thinking about your answer in your head.

3. Practice Saying your Answers or Stories Aloud

It is helpful to think about your answers and stories, but it is much more effective to say them aloud. Speaking aloud helps your tongue get used to making the sounds and also helps you remember your answer better. Plus, saying your answers aloud will let you hear how your answer sounds for yourself. Sometimes, we think our answer sounds good when we are thinking about it, but when we say it aloud we realize that it needs to be improved.

Whether you are using this app to practice or standing in front of a mirror, we highly recommend that you practice by saying all of your answers aloud in a loud clear voice.

4. Get a Friend or Family Member to Role Play

Another good way to practice is to get a friend or family member to ask you job interview questions. You should prepare a list of questions for them and have them ask you the questions in random order.

If you do not have a friend or family member to help you or if you do not want to bother them, then you can use the Interview Simulator in this app. It will ask you random job interview questions and show you examples of how to answer the questions.

5. Record Yourself Practicing

Recording your answers and listening to them can be uncomfortable, but it is a great way to judge yourself and to find ways to improve.

6. Practice with Good Posture and a Loud Clear Voice

Of course, any practice is good practice, but it is even better to practice in a realistic way. Since you probably will not do your job interview while lying down in your bed, you should not practice while lying in your bed.

Sit in a chair with good posture and practice answering interview questions in a confident way. Also, make sure to speak in a loud clear voice.

Vocabulary from the Article

1. to land a job: to get a job

  • After interviewing at ten companies, he finally landed a job.
  • She landed a good job after graduating.

2. to be specific: to be clearly defined and detailed
  • He had some basic questions, but he didn’t ask any specific questions.
  • Politicians never give specific answers.

3. to simulate: to realistically pretend or imitate something
  • Soldiers simulate battles to practice for war.
  • This app has a feature that lets you simulate a job interview.

4. plus: also; in addition
  • He is handsome. Plus, he is rich.
  • The hotel has a pool. Plus, it is near the ocean.

5. to be random: to be in no particular order
  • They are in random order. So, we need to organize them first.
  • The lottery is random.

6. posture: the position in which someone holds their body while sitting or standing
  • It is important to have good posture during an interview.
  • He has bad posture.