Job Interview Dress Code

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I December 21, 2021
General English, Business English, Speaking Lessons, English for HR
Employment, Work, Human Resources
B2 Upper-Intermediate
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
English lesson plan for HR employees and job seekers

Lesson Overview

Dress for success! In this lesson, students will discuss the do’s and don’ts when it comes to choosing an outfit for the workplace. This lesson features a video that describes what clothes are appropriate to wear in a job interview. Students will learn and practice the use of adjectives 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 refine their understanding and use of adjectives. They will practice how to describe clothing and appearance effectively, focusing on comparative and superlative forms to discuss various dress codes.

  • Listening: Students will enhance their listening skills by engaging with a video on appropriate job interview attire. They will listen for specific adjectives and descriptive phrases used to discuss different levels of formality in clothing.

  • Speaking: Students will participate in discussions and role-plays about job interview attire for different industries. They will use adjectives and phrases learned to debate the impact of clothing on first impressions and workplace standards.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary learning will focus on terms related to clothing and formal wear, such as "blazer," "collared shirt," "khakis," and "form-fitting." Students will use these words in sentences and discussions to describe appropriate job interview attire.

  • Cultural Awareness: Students should discuss cultural differences in job interview dress codes, discussing how clothing standards vary across different countries and industries. They will consider how elements like tattoos and piercings are perceived in professional settings.

  • Homework: For homework, students will complete exercises that involve filling in blanks with appropriate adjectives, matching clothing items to their descriptions, and rewriting sentences to practice the comparative and superlative forms of adjectives. They will apply vocabulary to describe job interview outfits accurately.


You don’t want to get caught with your trousers down! Watch this video to learn about the dos and don’ts when it comes to finding the right outfit for your next job interview. Skip the sneakers and you will be sure to pack a punch!

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

dress up [phrasal verb]: to dress in smart or formal clothes
blazer [noun]: a type of jacket resembling a suit jacket but cut more casually
pack a punch [idiom]: to be very strong, forceful, or energetic
khakis [noun]: clothing, especially pants, made of khaki
flats [noun]: lightweight, flat shoes with flexible and thin soles
chinos [noun]: casual pants made from cotton or chino, especially khaki-colored
sneakers [noun]: a soft shoe with a rubber sole worn for sports or casual occasions
look sharp [idiomatic phrase]: to look nice and professional; to act quickly or to hurry
scruffy [adjective]: untidy or dirty
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