Vocabulary and expressions to introduce yourself in a job interview


Interviewing in English can be anxious. However, if you prepare for the interview properly, you will be able to calmly attend the interview in English.

The measure for an English interview is to be able to introduce yourself by focusing on the points that foreigners place importance on when hiring. In Japan, a modest and humble attitude is preferred, but English interviews require a confident and humble attitude.

What should I say in the English interview "Please introduce yourself"?

In English interviews, the first question that asks for self-introduction is often asked.

Examples of questions that ask for self-promotion in an English interview

  • Tell me about yourself. Tell me about yourself.
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How would your boss and co-workers describe you?
  • What do you see as your strengths?
  • Why should we hire you? (Why should we hire you?)

These questions are called "open-ended questions" and ask questions that cannot be answered with "Yes" or "No", ask applicants for a short speech, and see their personality and responsiveness. Thing.

In order to answer "open-ended questions" well, you need to practice in English so that you can make a short speech about your character and personality.
Here are some short English expressions that will help you to appeal to your character and personality. Be prepared to follow these expressions and talk about your own episodes.

A collection of expressions that convey "personality / character" in English

The expressions that convey one's "personality / character" in English are all positive expressions that can be used to praise or convey the characters of colleagues. If you remember, you can use it in various situations.

At the beginning of each expression, the following expressions add a sense of elegance.

  • I think that ...
  • I know that ... (I think of myself)
    • ※In English, "know" is often used to describe "understanding oneself."
  • I would say that ...

English expressions for communication

Communication skills are a globally valued business skill. Remember a lot of expressions that convey the nuances correctly.

Have strong communication skills. I have strong
communication skills. (I have high communication skills)

Since "communication ability" is expressed as "communication skill" in English, you may be asked specifically "what skill is high?". Oral communication skills are called "verbal communication skills", and communication skills such as email are called "written communication skills". In English, "public relations" is also called "communication", so be careful.

・ Sociable
going out. I always try to be outgoing
. (I always try to be sociable)

“Outgoing” is an expression often used by natives to be “diplomatic/sociable” and has the same meaning as “social”. It may be used in combination with "out going and social".

・ I don't care about the details
easy - going
I'm easy-going. (I don't care about the details)

Characters that are relaxed and easy to work with are also liked by foreigners. If you feel laid back and easygoing, it's also important to appeal it.

English expression that expresses the attitude to work

Even in Japanese interviews, there are many opportunities to show your attitude and motivation to work. Remember expressions that convey similar nuances in English.

・ Always highly motivated
self- motivated
I'm self-motivated. (I am always highly motivated)

"Motivate" means "motivate", so when the interviewer asks "What motivates you?", It means "What is your source of motivation?" "Self-motivated" means that you can increase your motivation.

Hard -working
I'm hard-working. (I work hard)

Even in Japanese, there is the word "hard worker" (a person who works hard), but in a workplace where you have to do your best a little because you are assigned a responsible job overseas, you can appeal that "I can do my best". Can be used as.

Be committed to ...
I'm committed to my work. (I work responsibly)

In Japan, "responsible" is often learned as "be responsible for ...", but using this expression in English means that you are responsible for your mission. If you want to work responsibly, use "be committed to".

・I feel
enthusiastic about my work. (I really like my work)

"Enthusiastic" means I love you, I'm crazy about it, I absolutely want to do it. A word with a similar meaning is "passionate". Both are words that express zeal that can be used in interviews without any problems. Since "enthusiastic" has an enthusiastic nuance, "I feel enthusiastic about this work." Can also be used to appeal "I really want to do this work."

English expression for strength and toughness

When doing business with foreigners, it can be fatal to not be confident in yourself. This is because there is an idea, "Why do you think that others will recognize you when you don't think you are good?" Learn expressions that emphasize your strengths and toughness.

・I'm proficient
in… I'm proficient in English./I'm
proficient in PowerPoint. (I'm confident in English / I'm confident in PowerPoint skills)

The expression "I am confident" includes "be confident in ...", but this also means "self-confident", so if you are confident in your language skills or PC skills, "Be proficient in ..." is more natural. There is also a colloquial expression, "I'm great at ...", which means that you are confident in some skill, but it is a casual phrase and should not be used in interviews.

Assertive I always try to be confident and assertive. (I always try to say what I want to say with confidence)

"Confident and assertive" is a commonly used expression in sets, meaning "assertive with confidence." There is "aggressive" in the word that is brought up in comparison with "assertive", but aggressive has a strong negative meaning for natives such as "strong self" and "strong assertiveness", so be careful not to make a mistake.

Let's prepare an English answer for the question

The purpose of the "open-ended questions" introduced this time is to let applicants talk a lot. Therefore, with the phrase explained here, I was able to dig deeper.

Why do you think so?

It's a good idea to have an English comment to follow, as you are likely to be asked the same question.

Don't be shy in an English interview and make a self-appeal!

The English expressions I learned this time are all natural and easy-to-understand expressions that native English speakers use to convey their personalities and characters.
When interviewing foreigners, it's not embarrassing to sell yourself more and more. If you are interested in the job, you need to convey your enthusiasm, "I want to do it" and "I am such a wonderful person."
In self-introduction, let's be confident and firmly appeal.