This is a comment I left on InterviewIQ
My father is an immigrant. His accent isn’t bad because he married a Canadian and had to speak English-only at home. His relatives didn’t marry Canadians and they mostly sound like Dracula.
And this seems to be the general rule about accents. No one works to change his or her accent. But if you have to speak English at home it will, to some extent fade. But, then, nobody speaks English at home unless they have to.
I have friends from India who only speak English at home when they speak to me. My friend’s wife is smart and energetic but although she came here when she was 17, she sounds like a new immigrant speaking broken English and this has certainly limited her job potential. She’s a data entry clerk in the back office of a bank.
I have recruited many accountants from other countries who complain about requirements for Canadian experience but I have met very few people who recognize that if you sound like a Canadian people will automatically assume that you do have Canadian experience or at least understand the environment.
I used to get lots of emails that addressed me as “My dear”. Does that tell me that this person is going to be easy to communicate with or that he might not understand me?
Look at what the writer said above: “I realised that the incorrect using of some English vocabulary ruined my chances…” “Incorrect using” is itself incorrect.
However, in my experience, no one ever gets ruled out because of a mere accent. Skills always come first. They are the deciding factor. I believe that accent does make an impression and could enhance rapport but I do not believe that it is a major factor in a hiring decision.
Oddly enough, people with strong accents and imperfect comprehension even get hired for jobs that require constant communication like reception. Perhaps because the office requires people who are bilingual.
As for sounding bubbly. I’m more impressed by people who sound energetic than dull. I dislike forced cheer but I want to get the feeling that they are alert and awake.