Do you have an interview coming up that will put your bilingual skills to the test? Whether you’re applying for a professional position in your second language, a bilingual job abroad, or an application to university, focusing on your ability to communicate is essential. Prepare yourself with topics or questions you are likely to encounter that test you on professionalism, experience, and personality!
While the thought of showing off your abilities and experience during a bilingual interview can be daunting, a good place to start is to narrow down potential questions and to practice answering them.
Polish Your Communication Skills
If you’re like most people, preparing for an interview in a foreign language may just give you stage fright. You might even forget everything you’ve been learning! Skillful communication is the main tool to polish when interacting with others. Be aware that demonstrating an ability for efficient and insightful communication during bilingual interviews does not rely on accuracy alone; instead, recruiters look for excellent fluency—especially under pressure—and confidence from prospective employees.
Practice Types of Questions
When thinking about potential questions you might encounter in this interview, it’s important to prepare for the unexpected, so having a list of common interview questions is key. Here are some of the questions you are likely to encounter:
About the Job or Course
First and foremost, interviewers are interested in what you know about the company. Your answer not only reflects on your interest in the position, but it’s also an opportunity to use memorizing techniques to show off a broad vocabulary since the questions allow you to expand with your language flexibility.
The first question of your interview might be one of the following:
- ¿Qué sabes de nosotros? / What do you know about us?
Memorize some well-articulated phrases to show your vocabulary skills; mention characteristics such as proactive, organization, performance; or productividad, organización, desempeño.
- ¿Qué es lo que más te interesa de esta posición y por qué? / What interests you the most about the position and why?
Be personal and anecdotal, demonstrating your less-professional, conversational skills in the specific language.
About Your Qualities and Character
The interviewer wants to know about your character as well as your professional experience. Showcase your flexibility, this is your chance to speak with confidence and fluency about what you know the most: yourself!
- ¿Qué te hace bilingüe? / What makes you bilingual?
Get ready to tell your story. How did you become bilingual? Whether it was through family, travel, or hard work and dedication, this is the perfect chance to brag about your skills!
- ¿Qué te distingue de otras personas bilingües? / What makes you stand out from other bilinguals?
What makes your personal path valuable? How will you excel in the position? Highlight your strengths.
- ¿Qué problemas has encontrado y cómo los has resuelto? / What problems have you encountered and how did you solve them?
Prepare a couple of anecdotal stories about problems you have encountered in the past and how you overcame them. This is a good chance to show off your grammar skills by switching between past and present tenses; especially when speaking a language like Spanish, which is infamous for its complex tenses and verb conjugations.
About Your Experience and Knowledge in the Field
Much like in the last topic, these questions are a good opportunity to brag about yourself; always with a special focus on fluency and confidence in what you know.
- ¿Qué métodos has utilizado para retener eloquencia en múltiples idiomas? / What measures do you take to stay proficient in multiple languages?
The answer depends on your personal situation and your learning process. However, it’s good to reply confidently to reassure the interviewer on your reliability and dedication.
- ¿Cómo intentarías resolver una situación para la que no estabas preparado? / How would you approach a situation to which you do not have an answer?
Potential employers want to know your ability in dealing with problems on your own. While applying to work abroad or in a bilingual environment, the interviewer will pay close attention to your sensibility with clients, because a change of language means a change of culture. This is a chance for you to demonstrate leadership skills and fluency in tackling a surprising question.
And, last but not least…
About Your Future Goals
- ¿En dónde te ves en _ años? / Where do you see yourself in _ years?
Not only does this question give you the space to demonstrate your ambition, but it also allows you to show off your speaking skills in the future tense as well as your flexibility in switching between tenses.
- ¿Cómo te ayudara esta posición en alcanzar tus metas? / How will this position help you achieve your goals?
Be confident! Apply what you have memorized about the company and align it with the benefits of your own professional practice.
- ¿En un futuro, dónde te ves dentro de la compañía? / Where do you see yourself in the future within this company?
Similar to number 8, this question targets your ambition as well as your specific interest in a potential employer. Use your memory here, and you might want to include a few keywords you found while researching the company you’re looking to work for.
Ready to Succeed
Focusing on potential questions in preparation for your interview is a smart way to be ready to face this stressful situation. Practicing your speaking skills in the days leading up to an interview is essential. These questions direct your focus and help you perform well without the need to memorize any unhelpful answers.
Remember that the two key elements to focus on while practicing are always fluency and confidence. Sign up for a free class to practice these questions in real-time with a certified Spanish teacher! Don’t dwell on small grammatical mistakes that might hinder your fluency—get to practicing and polishing your interview skills to reach their highest potential!
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