The Job Interview

Interviewing for a job as an English learner can be scary. I've worked with a lot of students to help.

Here are some tips - in fact, all of these count as Open Argot Top Tips!

...but everyone is nervous at an interview! Remember, the hiring manager understands that English isn't your first language, and that you may be more nervous than other candidates.

You're Nervous!


It's a job interview, not an English test. The important thing is to communicate - to understand and be understood. Again, the employer already knows English isn't your first language - and should act appropriately.

It Doesn't Have To Be Perfect

Check any words or terms you're not sure of before the interview - especially any technical or legal phrases. Don't use slang.  In fact, don't use any words you're not completely sure about!

Check Your Vocabulary!

Don't be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat the question, or to ask it in a different way ("I'm not quite sure what you mean?")  This is completely normal in interviews, even for native English speakers.

"Could You Say That Again?"

Don't worry about your pronunciation. The person interviewing you knows you have an accent.

He/she is more interested in what you have to say than how you say it!


You already speak two - or more - languages! Employers value this, which is one reason they want to interview you. Don't see your learner English as a negative - see your other languages as a positive!

Remember You're Valuable!

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