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Common Interview Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Interviews can be extremely nerve-wracking — everybody feels it. There's just something about stepping into a room with a total stranger whose sole purpose of being there is to make judgements and decide the direction of one’s future. It’s not a great feeling knowing you have to prove yourself and your capacity in a limited amount of time.

While interviews are an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and suitability for the secondary school in question, they also serve as a chance to learn more about the school, and figure out if things are a good fit — for everyone involved.

Over the years, ME education’s experienced teacher, Mr. Patrick Cummings has prepared many students for secondary school interviews. He has seen it all and has taken his experience to paper so future interviewees can learn from some of the more common mistakes.

Pronunciation Errors:

Pronunciation displays competency of language. Interviewers might think a second language English speaker is not as fluent as they are, if their speech is full of pronunciation errors. Regardless of whether their grammar and vocabulary is on point.

Being able to communicate well with interviewer is important, as it is not in the students’ best interest for the interviewer to have difficulty understanding what they are trying to say.

Common examples of pronunciation errors Mr. Cummings hears often are: