All of us know that being sophisticated is a mark of success. A kind smile, a relaxing tone of voice or good manners will help, but what about linguistic strategies? At Spanishviaskype, on our Spanish for Business Course, we help our students to learn and use some structures, very useful in a job interview, which can be the difference between “ya le llamaremos” (we’ll call you) and “comienza usted mañana” (you’ll start tomorrow). Try it free here.
Previously on this blog, we warned you against certain words or sentences to avoid in front of the interviewer. Furthermore, we brought here information about the most common job interview questions. Today we’ll provide you with some advices from another perspective: how your own words will define yourself.
¿De tú o de usted?
The answer to this question is not up to you. The interviewer or, generally, the other person you are talking to in a formal situation, may allow you to use tú. If you feel he or she is being very kind or close to you, use usted, regardless. Nevertheless, exchange usted for tú if the interviewer ask you for it saying “háblame de tú”, “puedes tutearme” or “no me hables de usted, por favor”.
Nowadays, the usage of usted is in decline. Young people don’t use it in almost all situations anymore, even with teachers, old people or authorities. However, it’s still a requirement in formal situations.
An interview, literally, is a conversation in which one of the speakers answers the another one’s questions. What would you answer if the interviewer asked if you are a good team worker? Sí, could be the logical reply, but it’s very simple one. You can be more emphatic with forms like por supuesto, absolutamente, efectivamente and a good explanation after them. On the other hand, for the question “have you ever had a problem with your bosses?”, you may answer no, but you could attract his or her attention saying en absoluto, todo lo contrario, de ningún modo.
Organizar tus argumentos
We are sure you’ve heard about discourse markers; those hated groups of words that students of Spanish should learn to pass their DELE exams. Seriously, the most cohesion there is in your speech, the most clear and direct your message will be. In order to get this, there are basic expressions like pero, y, porque, para que, pues… Of course you can use them, but at a high level, you should open your vocabulary. We can express causes with puesto que, ya que, debido a que…, consequences with por lo tanto, debido a esto, como resultado de…, purposes with con tal de que, con el objetivo de que, a fin de que… and many others.
Preguntas con cortesía
In a job interview, the candidate will have the chance to make some questions. It’s recommended to avoid direct ones (¿cuándo me llamarán?, ¿cuál es el salario?, ¿qué responsabilidades tiene el puesto?) or the usage of the present simple with verbs of influence such as querer, necesitar, pedir, desear… The conditional tense is more polite in Spanish: me gustaría preguntarles cuándo me llamarán, sería posible conocer el salario, querría informarme sobre las responsabilidades del puesto. Even the usage of imperfect subjunctive of verb querer is a good option: quisiera conocer más detalles del trabajo.
These four tips are only some examples of what you will find on our Spanish for Business Course. If you want to learn Spanish via Skype, don’t hesitate and reserve a free trial lesson here. We will not say “ya te llamaremos” to you.