Here’s the situation:
You currently have an excellent degree for your field and good job, but you’re looking to take the next step up in your career.
Or perhaps you’ve just finished an advanced degree that could land you your dream job.
And now with your great technical skills, you’ve made it to the interview portion for a job you’d love.
We all know that the first few minutes of a job interview are that all-important first impression.
But as a non-native English speaker, your interviewer may size up your communication skills in just your first 10-second greeting.
Will those first ten seconds show that your English is strong, clear, and easily understood?
Or will that first greeting leave your interviewer wondering if they’ll be able to understand you through your accent on a regular basis?
A recent survey of over 2,000 hiring managers by CareerBuilder shows how important “soft skills”, including clear communication, are to employers:
You’ve probably seen that “excellent communication skills” are overwhelmingly a top requirement in a job listing.
Furthermore, the National Association of Colleges and Employers says that communication skills are the number one thing employers are looking for – more than your technical prowess.
These statistics show what could be your reality: the person who speaks standard American English more clearly may be hired over the one who has superior skills, but is difficult to understand.
So what’s the best thing you can do to increase your odds in getting that dream job?
Improve your English communication skills!
Polishing up on your pronunciation – or even better, learning which sounds in English are giving you the most trouble – is the key to your future success.
Prepare for your next interview with my speech tips and free online accent screening at losemyaccent.com. Make your first ten seconds count!