Interview Tips

Rob - author of the lesson plan   Rob I November 17, 2021
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Work, Human Resources
C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
ESL lesson plan for an online class titled “Interview Tips”

Lesson Overview

Do you have all the tips and tricks? In this lesson, students will learn about tips and collocations relating to interviewing and professional skills. This lesson features a video of a young woman interviewing for a job and how she impresses the interviewer. Students will learn and practice phrases and idioms relating to time and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will focus on mastering the use of modal verbs, which are crucial for discussing possibilities and capabilities in professional settings. They will practice these verbs in context, learning to articulate potential actions and suggestions more effectively.

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills by engaging with a video that provides practical tips for acing job interviews. They will concentrate on understanding the strategies discussed and how these strategies can be applied in real interview scenarios.

  • Speaking: Through role-playing exercises, students will simulate job interview situations to practice the newly learned strategies and language. They will engage in conversations designed to help them articulate their qualifications, respond to common interview questions, and interact professionally.

  • Vocabulary: The lesson will introduce and practice vocabulary and phrases related to job interviews and professional interactions, such as "constructive feedback," "body language," and "make a good impression." These terms are vital for discussing and reflecting on interview strategies.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students will explore various aspects of professional etiquette and the cultural nuances of job interviews, discussing how to effectively navigate these settings while respecting diverse professional norms.

  • Homework: Students will complete tasks that reinforce the vocabulary and concepts discussed during the lesson. This includes choosing the best words to complete collocations and sentences, filling in blanks with appropriate words, and correcting idioms with incorrect words. These activities aim to deepen students' understanding of interview strategies and enhance their ability to communicate effectively in professional settings.


Take a deep breath and let it out slowly! If you have been interviewing for jobs and not getting second interviews, it's likely that you may need some advice. Watch this video and learn a few tips on how to ace that next job interview and impress the interviewer.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

grad [noun]: informal; short for a graduate
major in something [phrasal verb]: if you major in a subject, it is the most important part of your college or university course
entry-level [adjective]: at or relating to the lowest level of an organization, type of work, e.g., entry-level job, entry-level worker
underway [adverb]: in motion; happening now
slouch [verb]: to walk, stand, or sit with the shoulders hanging forward and the head bent over
kick in [phrasal verb]: to start to have an effect; to start operating
people person [noun]: someone who is friendly and enjoys meeting and talking to people
ahead of schedule [phrase]: early; earlier than expected
burning question [phrase]: a question that must be dealt with or answered quickly
posture [noun]: how you hold the body when standing, sitting, or walking
elaborate on something [phrase]: to add more information or explain something that you said in greater details
carry out [phrasal verb]: to do or complete something, e.g., repairs, or research
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