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I'm from Canada, give me interview tips, please

Good evening,

I have a problem, I'm from Canada, I applied for several jobs in Germany as a Nurse, three of them until now contacted me (by email), next week I have actually interviews, through camera. I worked in Germany as a Nurse, but it was 15 yrs ago now, so I feel a bit nervous how I'm going to answer the interview questions, it'll be in German for sure. My resume (Lebenslauf) was in English, but companies wrote me in German so I'm a bit nervous. I talked German language perfectly when I was working in Germany about 15 yrs ago but the problem is I forgot pretty much I need to admit. I finished German A1, B2 trough Udemy online and from tomorrow I'm starting a German course here in Canada.

I'm wondering what can I do, I mean I know I can't prepare my German talking skills in several days, I forgot to talk. So. Are they going to be patient with me? Can I answer the questions in English, how are they going to react? Will they be disappointed? What do I do?
Any advice would be appreciated. I love German language but I forgot to speak, it was a really long time I didn't't speak German. Advice?
Thank you
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Old 16.09.2021, 07:09
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I'm wondering what can I do, I mean I know I can't prepare my German talking skills in several days, I forgot to talk. So. Are they going to be patient with me? Can I answer the questions in English, how are they going to react? Will they be disappointed? What do I do?
Bit late now, you probably should have got your German skills back before applying. Of course you’ll need to be able to speak German to get a job as a nurse there, so they probably won’t react well if you answer in English I suspect.
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Re: I'm from Canada, give me interview tips, please

Olly, a key issue for many foreign-trained nurses is getting qualifications recognized in Switzerland. Have you done that?
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Olly, a key issue for many foreign-trained nurses is getting qualifications recognized in Switzerland. Have you done that?
OP said Germany. OP might be on the wrong forum.
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Good evening,

I have a problem, I'm from Canada, I applied for several jobs in Germany as a Nurse, three of them until now contacted me (by email), next week I have actually interviews, through camera. I worked in Germany as a Nurse, but it was 15 yrs ago now, so I feel a bit nervous how I'm going to answer the interview questions, it'll be in German for sure. My resume (Lebenslauf) was in English, but companies wrote me in German so I'm a bit nervous. I talked German language perfectly when I was working in Germany about 15 yrs ago but the problem is I forgot pretty much I need to admit. I finished German A1, B2 trough Udemy online and from tomorrow I'm starting a German course here in Canada.

I'm wondering what can I do, I mean I know I can't prepare my German talking skills in several days, I forgot to talk. So. Are they going to be patient with me? Can I answer the questions in English, how are they going to react? Will they be disappointed? What do I do?
Any advice would be appreciated. I love German language but I forgot to speak, it was a really long time I didn't't speak German. Advice?
Thank you



Think about it Olly, what use are you if you cannot communicate efficiently and fluentlyin the language of the hospital ?


It is not the hospital that changes to English, but the personnel ALL have to speak good German to work properly and without errors !


Sorry, but that's the way it is
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Try to avoid using 'eh'
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Don’t be late.
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Re: I'm from Canada, give me interview tips, please

Asking for tips on an interview in German for a job in Germany, on a forum full of expats in Switzerland...
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I have a problem, I'm from Canada, I applied for several jobs in Germany :
Then try to apply to Swiss jobs, there is one third of the country where they speak French!
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Re: I'm from Canada, give me interview tips, please

Not sure if these are the right words, but your potential of integration matters a lot. What worries the people hiring is that you arrive, don't like the life over there, leave 6 months later and they have to look for another nurse....again. Since you've worked there before and know the culture, bring this into the conversation.

Make your best effort in German, even if lots of mistakes are made. If you're going to get hired, they'll suggest the change to other language, wait for the invitation to switch to English, don't ask for it. Also, I'd bet a couple beers that the position is not offered to start next week. If there are some months between the interview and starting day, offer and make the effort to improve the language during that time.

Finally, be confident. They need the nurses. Covid was the last straw for people near retirement age, and they just left. So, the deficit in nurses is sky high when they are most needed.
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Re: I'm from Canada, give me interview tips, please

I think as nurse you should be in demand now.

But speaking passable German would be a plus
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Think about it Olly, what use are you if you cannot communicate efficiently and fluentlyin the language of the hospital ?


It is not the hospital that changes to English, but the personnel ALL have to speak good German to work properly and without errors !


Sorry, but that's the way it is
Have you ever been to a German hospital? Having nurses from all over Eastern Europe all the way to the Philippines are very normal there... because they cant find enough native speakers. At all. They are short of an estimated 100k in care jobs.

So OP: Dont worry.
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