How to improve your English for a job interview

by Louisa / 03 November 2015 / 2 Comments

If your interview is in English but English is not your first language, then it is very important that you prepare very well and then practice, practice practice.  

One simple thing you can do is practice your responses to common interview questions.  But what are these common questions – and how can you answer them impressively?
Well, according to the Daily Telegraph (a leading UK newspaper) these are some of the most frequently asked interview questions in the UK. And, to help you reply fluently and accurately in English, we’ve provided some suggested responses. Read on for more…


Speak English fluently 1. Tell me about yourself. Usually this is asked at the beginning of the interview. Just give a summary. Keep your answer short and try to relate this to the job a little. E.g.

Well, I’m a 35 year old, experienced bank executive, specialising in looking after large corporate accounts. I’ve been with my present employer for nearly 5 years. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the role but now I am looking for a new challenge. I’m ready for more responsibility and, as I’ve been told I am good at dealing with people, I’d like more of  a customer-facing role which your position offers

2. What is your greatest weakness?
Be specific and honest but only give 1 weakness! Explain how this could be positive. E.g.
‘I am very organised and I get a little upset if people in my team are  not. But I have learned to be diplomatic. Plus, I get a lot of work done. Also, when I am organised, it seems to have a positive influence on other people – and they often become more organised, too.

3. Why do you want to work here?

Research the company and give at least 3 reasons. It shows a genuine interest in the company. E.g.
On your website, you mention some of the large clients you work with and this is very impressive. I want to work for a company that can attract and keep these organisations.

 4. Why did you leave your last job/want to leave your present role?

Try to be positive. Never be rude about your last company.  E.g.
I have gone as far as I can in the company.’ Or ‘The company downsized several times so the company is continually contracting making it impossible to stay.’

5. What are your key skills?

Always try to match the skills you have to those in the job description. If the job advert asks for someone who is self-motivated, say ‘I’m self-motivated…..’ Give an example or evidence. E.g. ‘In my last appraisal my boss said I….’

 Listen to the above questions and answers here >>


How would you answer these common interview questions, fluently and without speaking for too long or with too many hesitations?

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time
  • Tell me about an achievement you are proud of
  • Give me an example of a difficult situation at work and how you dealt with it?
  • What are your salary expectations?


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If you want to impress at interview,why not  take 5 English interview lessons with Phone English? You will improve your responses to these and more specific industry-related questions, whether you are in IT, finance, international business etc.

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About the author:

Louisa is Course Director at Phone English. She helped start Phone English after many years of teacher training and materials development at


  1. Sumit Negi says:

    Among these 5 five points there are 2 points due to which i was rejected in my last interview.
    Great work thanks for sharing this important content.

  2. Zafar Shah says:

    Thank for sharing. It is really very helpful.

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