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If someone phoned you or your organisation asking for information in a foreign language what would you do?  Would you be able to communicate with them? The Times recently featured an article titled ‘Parlez vous any other language at all?’. The article followed up a study they carried out whereby they phoned several public service bodies and asked varying questions in several different languages. The aim we suppose was to see how well front line staff could cope when faced with unpredictable situations.

Whilst the article was funny it was shocking to see how many organisations do not have staff equipped with basic language skills.  The first example was with NHS Direct – the Times phoned them up asking for information on free bottom transplants on the NHS in Brazilian Portuguese! An odd topic some might say but it was clearly designed to show that it doesn’t matter what you might be asking for – the reality is you probably won’t get very far! As so it was true – NHS Direct couldn’t understand and rather than try and find someone that did or try and say I don’t understand the person on the other end of the phone just repeated what he/she was saying louder and louder (in English of course!) before slamming the phone down! You would think that the NHS might have some staff with foreign language skills – not the case here! (more…)

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We were featured in CITY A.M today giving our top tips for interview techniques now that hiring is on the up. We know how important it is to succeed at interview so if you want some good advice take a look at our article and find out more!

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We recently wrote an article  which was featured in Changeboard discussing  the lack of UK nationals with the necessary linguistic skills  to fill the amount of roles available, why this is the case and importantly what the implications are for the future.

To view the article in full click here but we have also put some of the key issues below:

  • The UK has become increasingly tied into one worldwide system and there is more demand for business professionals across the globe.  As a result professionals need to be equipped with foreign langauge skills but also a cultural awareness of different markets.
  • The rapid growth of many foreign economies and markets, especially in Asia has seen an increase in demand for languages like Russian, Mandarin and Cantonese.
  • Having an understanding of the local languages of your customers base gives tremendous advantages in day-to-day business meetings, negotiations and in building relationships with clients.
  • Languages also allow valuable insight into emerging markets, having people on your team who are multilingual can offer useful marketing and business development skills.
  • More effort needs to be made to encourage language learning in schools – only 75% of the highest achievers take a language at GCSE. If this does not increase, the pipeline of linguistic talent will continue to shrink.
  • There is a perception that the only roles available to linguistically skilled candidates is either as a teacher or an interpreter – this just isn’t the case!
  • A survey we carried out revealed that 86% of employers viewed languages as an important skill and the majority believed that in the future those who are not multilingual will struggle in the employment market.

We hope you enjoy reading the full article!

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We all know how important languages are, but here are the stats to prove it! We recently surveyed 228 employers and 86% felt that languages were an important skill set and improve someone’s employability. (You may have seen this story covered in various blogs and magazines!)

We asked our participants what they thought the most useful languages were and the majority of respondents (74%) cited the traditional western European languages of French German Spanish and Italian as the most useful. Over a third (37%) commented that those more exotic languages such as Mandarin and Arabic would grow in demand in the future – particularly in areas such as the financial services sector. Here are some comments from the employers we spoke to: (more…)

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We blogged a couple of months ago about joining us here at Euro London; we had a good response but we are still looking for talented, enthusiastic and hard working people.

In particular we are looking for candidates that want to use their German language skills and come and work for us in our award winning Frankfurt office.  You don’t necessarily need recruitment experience but what you do need is determination and enthusiasm. If this sounds like you and you fancy moving to Germany and getting some great international experience then contact Dawn Nell at Euro London d.nell@eurolondon.com – send in your CV and a covering letter telling us a bit about yourself.

You can also check out our new Facebook page which has all our current roles – you’ll even see some photos of the Euro London team enjoying team outings, getting to know  clients, and generally enjoying life at Euro London.

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Some good news for us here at Euro London, we’re delighted to have been shortlisted for bab.la and Lexiophiles’ Top 100 Language Blogs 2010 in the category of blogs for language professionals! If you enjoy our blog or if you’ve found any of our posts informative or entertaining then please drop us a vote by clicking here. At the same time we always welcome feedback so if there’s anything you’d like to see on our blog in future please drop us a comment and let us know.

Thanks!

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I recently came across a funny video that someone had posted on Twitter about bad things said at job interviews. It certainly amused me and put a smile on my face at the end of what was a busy day.

Here at Euro London we spend a lot of time with our candidates going through possible interview questions and provide them with an interview guide so they are as ready as they can be when they come to the actual interview.  This puts them in a good position for their interview – which – as we all know can be pretty daunting.  Here are our top tips for success at an interview:

  • First Impressions Count – Dress professionally even if you know the company has a casual dress code. After all it is better to be too smart than too causal!
  • Time Keeping – Never arrive at an interview late, it is advisable to enter the building about 10 minutes before the interview.
  • Research – Ensure you know as much about the company as possible – it is inevitable that you will be asked. The more you know the better your chance of success.
  • Show Enthusiasm – ensure you smile and make plenty of eye contact with your interviewer and always speak clearly and in a confident voice, no matter how nervous you may be.
  • Body language – Sit up straight, avoid slouching and try not to fidget too much – this will make you appear nervous and distract the interviewer from what you are actually saying.
  • Listen – This is often forgotten as candidates are too worried about selling themselves. Make sure you listen carefully to the questions asked and don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat the question.
  • Ask Questions – many candidates fail to ask questions and miss the opportunity to find out valuable information about the company. Prepare some questions in advance – the questions you ask indicate your interest in the company or job.

I hope these tips are useful and although they may seem obvious it is surprising how many candidates don’t get the basics right!

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