Although the verification name can sound a little intimidating for some people that do not feel completely comfortable with their English level, it shouldn’t scare you. In this post, we’ll explain everything you need to know about our process and how you can display your best at it.
What is VanHack English Verification?
First things first, let’s talk about what is the English Verification process. The process was designed to evaluate the candidate’s level of professional English and how well they can communicate – about themselves, their skills and their experience. The verification is done inside our platform and the process is free for the candidate.
If you already had a job interview with a company in English, you probably faced the questions asked on our English verification.
Tell me about yourself
This first question is your biggest selling point. Here you can showcase who you are, your experience and skills and what is unique about you. Remember you have to differentiate yourself from other VanHacker candidates.
Talk about a Tech Challenge
This question is about proving how great you are, what you have done to help your team/company/project and your accomplishments. Remember the STAR strategy: describe the situation, task, action and results achieved for the chosen challenge.
Questions for your interviewer
Ask the interviewer a question – Interviews are both ways street and you also need to understand if the company is a good fit for you. Ask relevant questions, be curious, show them what is important to you.
And that’s it. You just need to submit these three videos, wait for your results (it takes up to 5 business days) and start applying for jobs.
Even though the videos are short, you have three hours to complete your test. You can record the video as many times as you wish before sending it (as long as you do it within the 3-hour limit). Today the average time is 2 hours but for fluent and native speakers can be 15 minutes.
Why do I need to do the English Verification at VanHack?
We frequently get this question. Why do I need to do the English Verification? I am a native speaker, or I’ve taken IELTS or I’ve been living in an English speaking country for a good amount of years.
Let me tell you why everyone who wants to apply for a job at VanHack needs to do the English verification.
We have candidates from all over the world and everyone needs to be evaluated by the same standards – so we can assure that we have a fair process of evaluation. Also, the type of evaluation done in language tests (such as IELTS or TOEFL) has different purposes.
There’s another thing that you may have not considered: your videos are a marketing tool for your profile! Yes, you read it right. When a recruiter or company is looking into your profile, your video can make the difference in selling yourself as a professional, highlighting your skills and experience. In such a busy time reading resumes is a long task, but a short 2 minutes video is much easier. Every day our recruiters and business partners are using more and more the video as their first point of contact with the candidate.
And one last thing to make you more comfortable in doing the test is that, sometimes, we underestimate our own English level. 80% of our candidates get advanced or fluent and, in case you get a lower level, you can retake month after month until you get advanced.
So, are you ready to complete this step and unlock a world of job opportunities abroad?