Language for Job Interviews


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Level: This is suited to C1 -C2 level students, but could be used with extra support at B2 + level for students particularly interested in language for job interviews.

Time: 2.5 hrs + (depending on level).  

This Language for Job Interviews lesson starts with a warm-up and brainstorming exercise.

Next, the students will focus on useful language for answering common interview questions broken down into sections including vocabulary for talking about qualifications and job responsibilities, strengths and weaknesses, and language for talking about why an applicant wants to work for a company.

In the next part, the students read and role-play a dialogue where someone is being interviewed for a job. Following this, there is a focus on common interview questions.

After this, there is a collocation exercise which allows the students to revise some of the language they have encountered throughout the lesson.

Finally, after some preparation, the students interview each other for a job of their choosing. 

The vocabulary the students will encounter include verbs for talking about job responsibilities (coordinate, collaborate, facilitate, negotiate, delegate, liaise, implement, etc.), adjectives to describe strengths (goal-oriented, assertive, proactive, meticulous, resourceful, tenacious, diligent, courteous, etc.), and nouns and expressions to describe strengths (a team player, technical expertise, a strong work ethic, interpersonal skills, etc.)

There are various tasks including gap-fill exercises, vocabulary-definition matching exercises,  collocations matching exercises, reading, and speaking exercises.

Please note that this is a very long lesson, and as such, it is best to break it down and teach it over two to three classes.

Don’t forget to download the teacher copy, as one of the tasks is included here.

We have a teacher’s copy (including teacher’s notes, a pronunciation guide and an answer key) and a student version which you can email to your class for online lessons.

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