Job Interview Fails

Business English, English for HR
Work, 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 Description

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 discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adult and teenage learners.

Lesson Objectives

  • To develop speaking and listening skills

  • To discuss the topic of job hiring and the skills and characteristics that are important

  • To learn and practice new vocabulary words relating to the topic


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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