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Quiz: Ice breaking strategies

Everyone needs a few tricks for breaking the ice with new people, a way to start a conversation and make everyone feel included. Try our quiz and see how much you know about tried and tested strategies:
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Preparing for interviews
Fit fürs Bewerbungsgespräch

Stellen Sie sich vor: Sie haben sich beworben und Ihr ganzer Fleiß hat sich ausgezahlt - Sie werden zum Vorstellungsgespräch eingeladen. Herzlichen Glückwunsch! Der einzige Haken an der Sache ist - es ist auf Englisch. Auch wenn Sie über gute Sprachkenntnisse verfügen, wird es eine Herausforderung, aber nicht unmöglich sein. So bereiten Sie sich auf den großen Tag vor.

Step 1: preparation

It might sound like a contradiction, but it will probably be your communication skills rather than your English that will get you the job. Employers want staff with strong interpersonal and communication skills, according to a survey from the Massey University in New Zealand (www.massey.ac.nz). This could help you be less nervous about making a mistake in your grammar. Despite this, it will be important that you can give an accurate account of your employment record in English and spontaneously discuss work-related topics. Highlight key words in bold to help your memory on any notes you make, which should ideally relate to the tasks outlined in the job advertisement you are being interviewed for:

"After I finished my Computer Science degree at Munich University, I worked for a small software company near Munich as a software engineer for three years. There I worked with MS .Net, Visual Basic, MS SQL and Oracle databases on a daily basis. Since 2006 I have been a senior software engineer at ebay in Berlin where I am responsible for a team of 5."

It is a good idea to practise saying your summary aloud in advance so that you can sound confident - without sounding like you have memorised your notes by heart! Expect to have to talk in detail rather than in general terms. Have good examples of your strengths to hand, illustrated by real situations.

"My main task is to design, test and implement applications for operations teams. I also analyse and improve business processes with workflow management systems. I set up successful new implementation guidelines with our subsidiary in Spain last year."

Finally, it is essential to read the company's website thoroughly before you set off for the interview. Here, you can glean important information about the company's areas of business, personnel structure, recent activities and milestones.

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