Bilingual Employment: Our Guide to the Sectors & Positions Available

At Linguistica Recruitment, we work with leading employers in a wide and diverse range of sectors to bring you the very best bilingual job opportunities. In this article, we’re going to give you a better idea of the industry sectors most commonly on the lookout for bilingual employees, as well as the kind of bilingual job roles they regularly fill.

If you find your dream job on our list, take a look at our current vacancies to see if we are currently recruiting for that position. If not, simply send us your CV and we will be happy to help you find your perfect bilingual role.


There is an ever-increasing number of cross border opportunities in the banking sector, which means investment professionals with language skills are in high demand.

Potential employers include: global investment banks, hedge funds, private equity and venture capital companies.

Looking for: Bilingual professionals in business development, relationship management, client services, risk management, researchers, desk assistants and more.

Customer Services

With more UK businesses than ever before choosing to expand their products and services abroad, there is a growing need for bilingual customer services professionals to support these overseas sales. To ensure client satisfaction, customer services now need to be handled in the language of the customer, regardless of where the business is based.

Potential employers include: Everything from multinational and blue chip organisations to family run businesses that have expanded their offering to foreign markets online. This can include companies in telecommunications, healthcare, software, travel, financial services and many more.

Looking for: Everything from call centre agents and managers to import/export administrators, customer service agents, sales administrators and supply chain specialists.

Marketing, PR and Communications

This is one of the sectors that has seen the biggest change following the advent of the internet. To stay ahead of the competition, firms must now make the most of the opportunities available to them both offline and online to communicate with their customers.

Potential employers include: The number of firms looking to capitalise on the opportunities the internet presents is huge. Everything from SMEs to industries as diverse as banking, advertising, media, travel and healthcare are looking for bilingual individuals with the skills to help them market their products and services abroad.

Looking for: There is a wide range of bilingual job roles available, with companies recruiting everything from marketing account executives and media planners, to event organisers and corporate communications professionals.

Research and Market Research

It has always been extremely important for businesses to be knowledgeable about the markets they operate in, whether that is here in the UK or abroad. Market intelligence is crucial to making the decisions that shape the future of the business, such as which new products to develop and the best markets to expand into.

Potential employers include: All businesses can benefit from knowing more about their markets, but it is the banking and financial, I.T., telecommunications and pharmaceutical sectors that hire bilingual employees the most.

Looking for: Bilingual research professionals at all levels are in high demand. This includes everything from temporary telephone interviewers and telemarketers, to market researchers, research consultants, research analysts, report writers and more.

How can we help?

These are just a few of the sectors we work with and a small sample of the bilingual job roles we fill across the south coast of England. For more information about how we help candidates and clients find their bilingual employment match, please get in touch with our team today. Call 02392 987 765 or email:

The Candidates’ Guide to Competency Based Interview Questions

The hiring process is not an exact science – far from it in fact, and that’s hardly surprising when you consider that an organisation has just 20-30 minutes to find out as much as they can about you. Sure, they can read your CV and scour your social media profiles before the interview, but all that really tells them is what you want them to know. It won’t explain that you’re in a foul mood every morning until you’ve had your 4th cup of coffee, or that you have a real aversion to being told what to do.

The recruiters themselves will also come to the interview with their own opinions, preferences and biases that lead them to be less than objective when making their decision. Interviewers are just as guilty of making snap judgements as the rest of us, and while training and experience can help them put their personal opinions to one side, there’s no such thing as a completely objective interview.

Over the last decade, competency based interview questions have become increasingly popular as a way of negating these biases and cutting through the self-promotional spiel found in most CVs. They aim to dig beneath the interviewee’s pre-prepared answers to reveal the real behaviours of a candidate at work. And, if you’re a bilingual job seeker, this is almost certainly the kind of question you’re likely to face in your interview.

What are competency based questions?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development defines competencies as:

“Demonstrable performance outputs as well as behaviour inputs that may relate to a system or set of minimum standards required for effective performance at work.”

Competency based questions ask candidates to provide real-life examples as the basis for their answers. Candidates should explain why they made certain decisions, how they implemented solutions and why certain outcomes took place.

The fact is that past behaviour is a good indicator of future performance. By asking a candidate how they handled a particular situation in the past – how they performed, what they learnt etc. – it will give them a better understanding of a candidate’s capability in future work situations.

Examples of competency based questions

These are examples of the type of competency based questions a bilingual job seeker should expect:

  • Tell me about a time when you failed to complete a task or project on time, despite intending to do so;
  • Tell me about a time you led a group to achieve an objective;
  • Tell me about a time when your work or an idea was challenged;
  • Describe a situation where you got people to work together;
  • When did you work the hardest and feel the greatest sense of achievement?

How should you answer competency based questions?

In order to give clear, effective and varied answers to competency based interview questions, we advise all our bilingual candidates to adopt the well known STAR technique to describe:

  • The Situation or event succinctly
  • The Task required as a result
  • The Action you took and your participation in the task
  • The Result of your action

When answering competency questions, you can usually give examples from your work, study and personal life. You should not provide too much background information as the interviewer will only be interested in the behaviours exhibited. You should also use the most relevant examples to the questions you have been asked, rather than what you think are the most elaborate or impressive. Finally, it’s essential you do not make your answers up. It’s fine to take a little time think of the most relevant example. The interviewer would much rather you do that than saying the first thing that pops into your head.

How can we help?

At Linguistica Recruitment, we not only help bilingual job seekers find their next great role, but we also provide application and interview assistance to give you the very best chance of landing the job. Take a look at our latest vacancies and send us your CV today.