Mistake 3: Make sure your English is fluent enough for the work environment!

April 19, 2018

Mistake 3: Make sure your English is fluent enough for the work environment!

I hope you liked the previous mistakes discussed in our blogs and you are curious about the third mistake which should be avoided while you look for a job abroad and try to build up a global career. To summarize, we spoke about:

Mistake 1: Don’t use the same strategy you use in your home country to get a job abroad! If you missed it, click here: https://www.ubeyon.com/blogs/professionals-students/five-mistakes-you-can-avoid-while-looking-for-a-job-abroad-and-building-up-a-global-career 

Mistake 2: Don’t just translate your resume into a second language! If you missed it, click here:https://www.ubeyon.com/blogs/professionals-students/mistake-2-don-t-just-translate-your-resume-into-a-second-language 

Let’s talk about a third mistake today: Make sure your English is fluent enough for the work environment!

It is terrible when a candidate states in job applications, resumes and emails that he/she speaks English fluently and later in a pre-interview with the same candidate, this is not the reality. Just don’t do it! It can spoil your reputation with the company even for future positions. Companies can think you lie about your communication skills or you don’t have a good judgment of your own skills set.  Please evaluate your fluency before you apply for jobs abroad.


Remember that speaking in your non-native language at work requires more fluency than in a typical day by day. At work, you need: 1) to know the vocabulary of your field, 2) articulate your point of view and sell it to others, 3) come up with complex explanations and 4) develop solutions for work-related problems. This is not easy at all in your mother tongue, can you imagine in a second language? To be honest with you, even after living in the USA for 5 years and doing an MBA, I had a difficult time communicating at my first job.  Imagine if you come from a different country and have used English just for quotidian situations, you are most likely going to fail.

If you make up your mind and really want to live and work abroad, it is better you also invest in your English level and communications skills. Take English classes for business, for example; or classes which can help you increase your vocabulary in your field. A normal English course most likely will not prepare you for interviews because it does not teach you words, and situations, which are common in the work environment.  Don’t waste the chance of passing an interview because you could not express yourself clearly enough. Improving your accent can also be a big plus! Unfortunately, some people (we never know who will speak with us in an interview process) can give you a hard time because of not being familiar with your accent. It is sad to admit but this is the truth.

In the interview process, situational questions or problem-solution cases can be used. Companies will present you a situation in the first case and a problem in the second case. It requires a well-elaborated thinking process to solve them and articulation to communicate well how you would solve the problem and handle a complex situation. Situational questions can probe candidates' skills in communication and persuasion. If you are looking for a job in a country which speaks a different language than yours, companies will expect you to master it while speaking with coworkers and mainly with clients. Stay tuned for our fourth mistake! Not preparing yourself enough for all the stages of a selection process.

Do you want to evaluate your English skills?  We can help you! 

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