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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
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Step 2: meeting and greeting

If UK or US interviewers give their first names, it is not an invitation to be informal, but simply another business style. To be on the safe side, address the person by his/her surname until s/he invites you to adopt first name terms:

Interviewer: Hello, my name's Steve Taylor. Did you find us easily?

You: Good morning Mr Taylor. Yes, your directions for getting here were very clear, thank you. I got here in plenty of time.

Step 3: listen

In many ways, listening is more important for interviews in a foreign language than in your mother tongue - you have to listen harder to take your cue. It is quite common to respond to the question you think you were asked. But you will make a better impression by checking if in doubt.

Step 4: the trick question

All people dread interview questions that will floor them. However, most interviewers have standard questions that are likely to come up. Some of these are:

  • What attracts you to this company?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
  • What conflicts have you successfully solved and how?
  • What are your main weaknesses?
  • What have you learned from past mistakes?

It certainly pays to devote some time to answering them honestly before the interview.

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