Interviews and exams

We can help

Ear & Speak can help you prepare for interviews for all sorts of purposes, from entry-level job interviews to professional management positions to occupational admission/qualification tests.

We specialise in helping:

  • young graduates/professionals from any background,
  • established professionals who speak English as a second language, and
  • medical admission and qualification candidates who speak English as a second language.

Far too many job applicants misunderstand the importance of superficial impressions in face-to-face interviews. Phone interviews are even more problematic, as you can be judged on the clarity of your speech or the confidence of your voice before you even get to present your skills properly.

The principal consultant, Dr Duncan Markham, has worked with numerous job candidates in Melbourne to improve the quality of their interview answers, to develop the style and structure of their expression, and to correct accent or pronunciation issues in English that could affect their chances.

For professionals in highly technical areas, mastering the language and vocabulary of their profession in English is essential. Ear & Speak has helped many doctors, engineers, accountants, financial analysts and IT specialists to improve their English technical pronunciation and business English skills, understand the needs of interviewers and, in the long term, the demands of communicating with clients.

Success requires work

Hardly anyone can walk into a job interview without preparation and get a serious job. Young graduates are often surprisingly over-confident at first and then become increasingly unhappy and frustrated.

More experienced employees often forget the basics of interviews and assume that their experience will be convincing enough. This is rarely the case.

If you're applying for jobs, you need to practise explaining who you are, what your skills are and how you can contribute to the new workplace or business. If English is not your mother tongue, you will probably face special challenges, especially as a young graduate. You need to explain things in a style that you may never have tried before, you might discover that your pronunciation of technical terminology is poor and that employers will reject you because of inadequate communication skills.

The sooner a job-seeker or interview candidate starts working on improving skills and communication, the sooner they will see success.