Make a Better First Impression

A dica de hoje é de autoria do prof. Luca Merlini, criador do site MeuProfessorParticular.

Aqui você vai aprender como causar uma melhor impressão quando tiver de falar inglês em uma entrevista de emprego.

A dica está escrita em inglês, mas você pode ler a tradução clicando aqui.

Vamos à dica!  

Smart, bright, clever, witty, sharp, fast on your feet are all synonyms of intelligent, but chances are you only use the most common variant and that probably also goes for other common words like good and bad. There’s no problem in using the standard terms, but if, for instance, you’re applying for a job at an international company and you want to impress your interviewer with your English you can make an impact by adding some fancy synonyms of those all too common adjectives, nouns and verbs. See the example below of two different answers – one with the common words and one adding some fancy variants – to the question “Why do you want to work for our company?”.  

XXX is the biggest company in the sector and I think it is a very good company. Many people say that XXX is a nice company, that the people are nice and that XXX gives opportunities to learn and to grow in the company.”  

XXX is the leading company in the sector and I consider it to be a highly-professional company. Many people say that XXX is an employee-focused and ethical enterprise, that the people are team players and friendly and that XXX provides opportunities to learn and to grow within the organization.”  

As you can see, just by choosing a few interesting and in some cases more specific synonyms you can upgrade your spoken English while keeping the same level of grammar.

Although it’s easy to brush up your English this way, it’s important that you understand well the exact use of the term, because the lesser used ones usually have more specific meanings.

For instance, the expression “fast on your feet” means that you think, learn and act fast in unexpected situations. Therefore it cannot replace the word intelligent in many cases.

To make a more professional impression in your next job interview, meeting or presentation look up a few synonyms of 10 words that you tend to utilize a lot.

You’ll see that many times there are variations of the term that sound sophisticated in English and that are extremely easy to remember for Portuguese speakers as the word originally comes from Latin, for example, an easy variant of the verb “to use” is “to utilize”. It sounds stylish in English, has the exact same meaning and is normally used in a bit more formal and business contexts.   As a bonus, here follow some good variations of some very common words.  

  • Good – excellent, great, fine, high-quality, solid, enjoyable, beneficial
  • Bad – stupid, low-quality, poor-quality, lousy, awful, unsatisfactory
  • To make better – to improve, to better, to ameliorate, to perfect, to hone, to work on
  • To manage – to oversee, to run, to head, to direct, to lead
  • To organize – to arrange, to put together, to categorize, to order

Thanks for reading, guys. I hope this tip help you really make a better first impression in a job interview. Good luck.

Escrito por Luca Merlini, criador do site MeuProfessorParticular, onde pessoas interessadas em fazer aulas particulares ou em grupo podem encontrar experientes  professores de inglês, espanhol e outros idiomas organizados por cidade e idioma.

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  1. Dica super valida! Acho inclusive que nativos deveriam fazer mais uso delas tambem.Muito comum vermos nativos 'overusing' good, bad…Going off the ordinary expressions is a great way to push the envelope and stand out from the crowd!Thanks for the tip!

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