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Prepare For The Interview That No One Prepares For!

2017-03-20 07:00:00 +0000 by Kellie-Anne Molloy

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Intriguing isn’t it – there are so many blogs and articles on preparing for an interview whether it be for specific industries or via various mediums such as Skype or Phone instead of the traditional face-to-face.

But is there anything out there to help multilingual jobseekers like yourself prepare for the first call with us – the recruiter, the one who finds you the perfect language job abroad? If there is, there isn’t much because many overlook this step in the recruitment process.

A lot of jobseekers believe that a CV sent to a recruiter is all that’s needed but believe us when we say that is only the beginning.

We have had many multilingual speakers send us their CV for a specific language job and when we reach out to them all they want is for us to send them the job spec. Perhaps other recruitment agencies do this but not us. The sign of a good recruiter is by the questions they ask and the sign of a genuine recruiter, is the time they take to get to know you and develop a relationship. It is because of this that each multilingual speaker we place has trusted us - they have put their career in our hands so you know we're right (if we may be so bold). 

Before we talk about any language job, we would like to get to know you!
10-15 minutes is all it takes - it gives us a chance to understand where are in your career, what you want and expect from your next job abroad and employer.

This is an interview Yes, but it's not like any interview you've had before. We invite you to be open and honest with us. We're not looking for fake, for you to tell us what you believe we want to hear. 
The only way you need to impress us is with your inner drive and motivation to work abroad

The more honest and straight forward you are - the better chance we have of finding you the perfect fit abroad. 

Quite recently, we have had 1-2 screening interview's go a little pear shaped. When we asked for 10-15 minutes of the jobseekers time they sighed and where quite rude, another time the jobseeker kept interrupting us - making it harder for us to do what we do best and worst of all another jobseeker hung up because we would not send them the job spec first. 

Feel like we're bothering you? We understand, you could have been asked these questions before but not by a Careertrotter recruiter - we have no information about you but believe us when we say that it will be worth it!
In the recruitment game, it's all about first impressions, what do you think our first impression was of these particular jobseekers? 

With all that in mind, let's get right down to business - below are out Top Tips for preparing for your first interview/screening call with a Careertrotter Recruiter. 

First of all - let us answer 1 question in particular:

  • Can we send you the Job Spec first?

​No - plain and simple. We need to discuss things with you first. Like we said, we need to understand your current situation and what you are looking for. Once we are satisfied that we have a good understanding, then we can send you the job spec for review.  

After your 10-15 minutes with us on the phone, if we have a job that suits your profile we will ask if you have the time to discuss the language job itself and then we will send you all the information you need about the job, the client and the country that the language job is based. 

Top Tips for your First Interview/Screening Call with a Careertrotter Recruiter:


  • Send us your most up to date CV 

Sending us your most up to date CV when applying for a language job abroad saves quite a bit of time. There is less back and forth asking for and updated CV and we can hit the ground running straight away. Another important note to take into account to proofread your CV again and again, especially the dates. 

  • First Impressions Count:

Like we said - the only way you can impress us is with your motivation and inner drive to find a language job abroad. Nothing makes us happier than a truly motivated jobseeker. Don't forget to be professional - we are not ''Dudes'' or like being referred to as ''Man'' - for example = ''Yes Man I would toally like that'' 

Make Yourself Available:

By this we mean that if we call and you cannot answer or are too busy at that moment - pop us an email, letting us know when you are next available for a quick chat or if you prefer you can always pop us a call back. You may not know this but when it comes to international recruitment, things move quickly so we strongly recommend getting back to us today or tomorrow any later and the language job could already be taken and your chances of working abroad lessoned for the time being.

  • Good English is needed for Every Multilingual Job 

We are a multilingual recruitment agency - what a lot of people don't seem to get is that English is always needed no matter where you work abroad. Many companies have gone international so English is the language of the office - you may work in German or Dutch but your employer and/or colleagues may not so to communicate effectively with them you will need English. Conversational English is good enough. REMEMBER - With your Careertrotter Recruiter you will need to speak English for interview preparation. 


There you have it - all the preparation you need for your first interview or screening call with a recruiter. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Pop us an email on info@careertrotter.eu or a call on +353 15 24 24 20




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