Job Interview Fails

Tom  - reviewer of the lesson plan   Tom | November 29, 2023
Business English, English for HR
Work, Human Resources, Recruitment
B2 Upper-Intermediate, C1 Advanced
Mixed Grammar
Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
30 minutes
ESL Lesson plan about what to do if a job interview fails

Lesson Overview

How can a job candidate start off on the right foot during an interview? In this lesson, students will discuss job hiring and the skills and characteristics that are important in a candidate. This lesson features a video about some mistakes one can make before and during a job interview. Students will learn and practice vocabulary relating to the topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • Listening: Students will listen to a discussion about common mistakes during job interviews, focusing on understanding the importance of preparation and honesty. This will help them comprehend spoken English in a professional context and recognize specific job-related vocabulary.

  • Speaking: They will share personal experiences or thoughts about job interviews, practicing how to articulate opinions and stories in English. This activity aims to boost their confidence in speaking English in formal settings.

  • Vocabulary: Learners will be Introduced terms related to the job hiring process, like "cultural fit," "hiring manager," and "professional references." Learning these terms helps students discuss job-related topics more fluently.

  • Homework: The homework includes tasks like matching descriptions to personality traits, choosing correct phrases for interview scenarios, and correcting errors in interview-related sentences. These activities aim to build vocabulary and grasp job interview nuances.


It’s a deal breaker! Watch this video to learn about what should be avoided before and during a job interview. What was the reason you were rejected from a job?

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

get off on the right foot [idiom]: make a good start at something, especially a task or relationship
hiring process [noun phrase]: the process of identifying, screening, interviewing, and selecting candidates for a job opening
adaptability [noun]: the quality of being able to adjust to new conditions
thinking on one’s feet [idiom]: react quickly, be mentally agile
fact-check [verb]: investigate (an issue) in order to verify the facts
deal-breaker [noun phrase]: a reason for rejecting someone or something
turn off [phrasal verb]: to cause to lose interest; to evoke a negative feeling in
pinpoint [verb]: to fix, determine, or identify with precision
move on [phrasal verb]: to go on to a different place, subject, activity, etc.
brush off [phrasal verb]: to dismiss and ignore (a person)
complacent [adjective]: showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one's achievements; self-satisfied
laid-back [adjective]: relaxed and easy-going
lofty [adjective]: arrogant or disdainful
enthusiastic [adjective]: having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval
self-confident [adjective]: trusting in one's abilities, qualities, and judgment
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