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English ESL Conversation: A Job Interview

A Job Interview

English ESL Conversation: A Job Interview. English ESL Worksheets to practice conversation interviewing for a job with role-plays and activity sheets

A job interview.

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Time: 1 hour, focus: .

The purpose of this lesson is to give false beginners some practice at job interviews in English. This lesson is intended more for adults or college students. Although, a real job interview will be much more complex, this lesson should give students a look at the vocabulary that is necessary for doing a job interview in English.

This lesson follows a format of a discussion, followed by a role-play activity.


The teacher will need to print off and photocopy three MS word documents:

Introduction and Discussion:  

Tell the students that you will be talking about job interviews today. Define the words benefit  and qualification  on the board.

Make a chart with the headings benefits  and qualifications  on the board and ask the students to come up with some examples. Write the examples under the appropriate headings.

Now hand out the worksheet titled Benefits and Qualifications . Go over it as a class. In groups decide what the most important benefits and qualifications are. Ask a few students what benefits they want. Then ask a few students what qualifications they have.

There are a lot of vocabulary items related to benefits and qualifications so you may have to do a lot of defining for the students. For example, what is the difference between a wage and a salary?

Role-play Activity: Job Fair

Now, comes the real focus of the class: a role-play activity to practice doing job interviews in English. Divide the class into two groups: companies seeking to hire employees and people seeking to find jobs.

The companies line up in row. And the job seekers go from company to company and ask about the jobs. The job seekers are primarily interested in what benefits they can get. The companies are primarily interested in the qualifications of potential employees.

Before you let the students go at it, you should probably model an example interview with one student. You may also want to discuss the questions that each party will want to ask (though I’ve found it is not necessary).

Both groups should fill out the table on their activity worksheet. And when they are done and if time permits, you can ask the employers who they would like to hire and why.

You can use the Employers Activity Sheets and My Qualifications Activity Sheet and the following target language:

Vocabulary Items:

promotion,  work experience, medical insurance,  vacation, bachelor/masters/doctor degree, references,  salary wage housing, license, commissions, tips bonus, well-spoken, hardworking, discounts, training courses,  dental insurance, creativity, report card/transcript, raise neat appearance/dress.

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A job interview

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Listen to the job interview to practise and improve your listening skills.


Do the preparation task first. Then listen to the audio and do the exercises.



Interviewer : Hello, Maria. Thanks for coming in for the interview.

Maria : It's my pleasure. Thanks for inviting me.

Interviewer : Well, as you know, the company has been expanding and we have an opening in our HR department. We're creating a new role for someone to lead our training and development within the company.

Maria : Yes, I very much think that my skills and experience are a good fit for what you're looking for.

Interviewer : That sounds great. So, your CV looks strong, though it would be good if you could give us an overview, in your own words, of what you've been doing over the past four years or so.

Maria : Well, in my first job, four years ago, I was working for a small HR services provider which offered HR services, including L&D, to corporate clients.

Interviewer : OK, so it was only B2B?

Maria : Yes, we only offered services to other companies, not B2C.

Interviewer : Right, and it says here you then left that company about three years ago.

Maria : Yes, that's right. I was looking for a little more stability and also to be part of a larger organisation. So I joined a company with around one hundred staff and a small HR team. As there are only a few of us, we each deal with a range of HR topics. In addition to payroll, one of the areas I was responsible for was learning and development.

Interviewer : I see. And, so why do you want to change jobs now?

Maria : Well, I very much like the L&D side of my role and I've always had particularly good feedback for my work in this area. I believe I excel in that field. So, I'm looking to specialise, and as your company has around 2,000 people, right …? 

Interviewer : Yes, that's right.

Maria : Well, an organisation of this size would give me the scope to specialise in L&D. I'm also a big follower of your brand and feel fully aligned with your image and values.

Interviewer : Well, that all sounds good. And I can see you have an L&D qualification.

Maria : Yes, I got a diploma two years ago. I am also currently working on a further diploma in psychology, with a specific focus on learning and performance management.

Interviewer : Very good. Well, it looks like you have the qualifications and experience we're looking for. What do you think will be the main challenges of coming to a much larger company?

Maria : I can see that it might be perceived as a weakness to not have experience in an organisation of this size, though I see that it could also be a benefit. I won't be bringing too many preconceived and possibly inflexible ideas with me to the role.  

Interviewer : Yes, that would be a good thing.

Maria : Also, I'm used to taking a very personal approach to employee development. I realise that such an approach with 2,000 staff members will have to happen in a different way, but I bring many ideas with me that can be replicated on a larger scale.

Interviewer : I see what you mean. Right, so, do you have any questions for me?

Maria : Um, I think we've covered many of the areas I had wanted to address. I have two quick questions though.

Interviewer : Go on.

Maria : Who would I mostly work with on a daily basis?

Interviewer : Well, there's the HR manager who you would report to. And then the HR team, which currently has six people in it. There's usually an intern or two who you can get some support from also.

Maria : OK. Thanks. That's all really clear. And my other question is how performance in this role will be measured. What does success look like?

Interviewer : That's a good question. As you know, we have a performance management system in place, and from that we have identified some learning and development needs within the organisation. But we haven't devised a strategy. Your role would be to devise and then successfully implement this strategy.

Maria : Thank you. That sounds interesting.  

Interviewer : Great. So, thanks again for coming in today. We'll be discussing all candidates next week and then I'll get back to you by the end of next week to let you know the outcome.

Maria : Thank you for your time. I'd welcome the opportunity to continue discussing this role with you.

How do you prepare for an interview?

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It was a really fun exercise, and great for improving my vocabulary!!

I suggest when I will coming for interview to prepare topics firstly about our role, and also prepare previous role when i do in my life.

Hello hestemand,

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For listening practice, I suggest you listen to the audio files and read the transcripts simultaneously so as to better consolidate the arbitrary link between sound and sound. Many thanks to my English teacher for recommending this site.

Let me tell you about an experience in this topic:

Maybe 3 or 4 months ago I had a job´s interview and in the tech knowledge was good but in the english not, I felt upset because I though my english was good or enough to talk with another.

I know for a person who was born in a country wich the first language is not english it is difficult ( I am from Mexico if you want or need I can help you with the spanish) so I decided if I have another opportinity to get an interview I will be ready. So, I have been trained my level of english. My advise is: If you detected what are your weakness you have to focused in these,practice, learning, etc.

Thanks for reading if you have any advise to improve my english, thanks.

Personally, for a job interview, I would follow a preparation that takes three days to complete. If it's your first interview or you need the job position then be aware that you will certainly become nervous and anxious, that is why you should take at least three days to fully prepare. On the first day, I would create a skecth of the whole image and structure of the business I am applying to, what type of hierarchy are they using, the amount of staff, their economical history for the past years… After I have a clear image and cleared my doubts then focus on what you are willing to give to the business, in what aspects you think your presence will be useful, and how may you adapt to this new environment, but, never mention the bad aspects or criticize them too much, it is okay to suggest were may the business be weak but do not think yourselves as an expert and start creating a full plan for improving the business. For them, you are a rookie with no experience in the real world. The second is based on more relaxed studying and preparing your grammar and pronunciation. Don't forget to practice alone or with a friend at home o practice and improve with dynamic learning. And for the last day, it is just to revise, important, early in the morning to feel effective and help psychologically. The rest of the day relax and reflect on all you have studied, to finish if these days may follow a complete diet and sleep regularly

When I prepare for an interview I first look at common questions interviewers ask and try to create an answer for them, I never memorise the answers because that way the interviewer would notice, and that being mixed with being nervous would create a terrible outcome. I think that during interviews the most important thing is to be yourself and to show how you truly are obviously, with respect, because that is what they are searching for, they want to get to know you, not some other version of yourself. I also try not to think a lot about it the day before, that way I get less nervous and feel more comfortable during the interview.

CARLA GARCÍA ALFONSO How do you prepare for an interview? First of all, as soon as I know when my interview is, I plan everything for the day to be ready. To go to talk with the managers and mains in human sources, I wear nice and office clothes. Before the interview, I have already checked all of the business social media such as; internet, instagram, facebook, twitter,... to see how is the business developing and main focusing on. Also, I prepare some important questions that in some other interviews they have asked to me about my hobbies, personalities, why have I chosen that job,... and some of those topics to be completely ready and confident for the interview. Every moment, I have to look to the person I am talking to, paying enough attention as I am listening to he/she. While I am talking and having the conversation with them, I have to listen and let them talk too. Of course, every time I have to be honest with the things and all the information I say about myself and my life. It has also many advantages saying your goals in life, so they can see I am positive, proactive, hard-worker and excited to join in their business. They will ask me for my CV, so in that case, it is relevant to have it done perfectly and updated in your life. Therefore, they will see all the things you have done in your life, experiences, hobbies, languages you speak, what are you able to do... So, this is a brief summary of how I will prepare myself for an interview. I hope I could help you all with this comment. Thank you very much, CARLA GARCÍA ALFONSO

I don't really understand the sentence: "I'm used to taking a very personal approach to employee development". Can anyone help? Much appreciate!

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ESL Reading Comprehension Worksheet: Job Interview (Intermediate)

Job interviews, i. exercise one – fill in the blanks, ii. exercise two – answer the questions, iii. exercise three – talk about yourself.

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Job Interview

Please choose a job you would like to be interviewed for:

Secretary       Waiter       Teacher      Sports Coach       Shop Assistant       TV Presenter

Computer Programmer       Writer       Electrician     Hair Dresser      Accountant      Builder

Your interview will be with the company president and will include the following questions, please write practice answers:

1. Why do you want this job?

2. Why do you think you are the perfect person for this job?

3. What kind of experience do you have?

4. What are your good qualities?

5. What could you improve on?

6.  Are there any questions you would like to ask? (For example: How much will I be paid? Where will I work? Will there be opportunities for promotion or a raise?)

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Common Job Interview Questions for ESL Learners

The first impression you make on the interviewer can decide the rest of the interview . It is important that you introduce yourself , shake hands, and be friendly and polite. The first question is often a "breaking the ice" (establish a rapport) type of question. Don't be surprised if the interviewer asks you something like:

This type of question is common because the interviewer wants to put you at ease (help you relax). The best way to respond is in a short, friendly manner without going into too much detail. Here are some examples correct responses:

Common Interview Questions: First Impressions

Interviewer: How are you today? You: I'm fine, thank you. And you?

Interviewer: Did you have any trouble finding us? You: No, the office isn't too difficult to find.

Interviewer: Isn't this great weather we're having? You: Yes, it's wonderful. I love this time of year.

Examples of Incorrect Responses

Interviewer:  How are you today? You:  So, so. I'm rather nervous actually.

Interviewer: Did you have any trouble finding us? You: As a matter of fact, it was very difficult. I missed the exit and had to return via the highway. I was afraid I was going to be late for the interview.

Interviewer: Isn't this great weather we're having? ​ You: Yes, it's wonderful. I can remember this time last year. Wasn't it awful! I thought it would never stop raining!

The Heart of the Interview

Once the pleasant beginnings have finished, it's time to begin the real interview. Here are a number of the most common questions that are asked during the interview. There are two examples of excellent replies given for each question. Following the examples, you will find a comment describing the type of question and important things to remember when answering that type of question.

Introductory Question

Interviewer:  Tell me about yourself. Candidate:  I was born and raised in Milan, Italy. I attended the University of Milan and received my master's degree in Economics. I have worked for 12 years as a financial consultant in Milan for various companies including Rossi Consultants, Quasar Insurance and Sardi and Sons. I enjoy playing tennis in my free time and learning languages.

Candidate:  I've just graduated from the University of Singapore with a degree in Computers. During the summers, I worked as a systems administrator for a small company to help pay for my education.

Comment:  This question is meant as an introduction. Do not focus too specifically on any one area. The above question will often be used to help the interviewer choose what h/she would like to ask next. While it is important to give an overall impression of who you are, make sure to concentrate on work-related experience . Work related experience should  always  be the central focus of any interview (work experience is more important than education in most English-speaking countries).

Types of Positions

Interviewer:  What type of position are you looking for? Candidate:  I'm interested in an entry-level (beginning) position. Candidate:  I'm looking for a position in which I can utilize my experience. Candidate:  I would like any position for which I qualify.

Comment:  You should be willing to take an entry-level position in an English speaking company as most of these companies expect non-nationals to begin with such a position. In the United States, most companies provide many opportunities for growth, so don't be afraid to start from the beginning!

Interviewer:  Are you interested in a full-time or part-time position? Candidate:  I am more interested in a full-time position. However, I would also consider a part-time position.

Comment:  Make sure to leave open as many possibilities as possible. Say you are willing to take any job, once the job has been offered you can always refuse if the job does not appeal (not interest) to you.

Prior Experience

Interviewer:  Can you tell me about your responsibilities at your last job ? Candidate:  I advised customers on financial matters. After I consulted the customer, I completed a customer inquiry form and cataloged the information in our database. I then collaborated with colleagues to prepare the best possible package for the client. The clients were then presented with a summarized report on their financial activities that I formulated on a quarterly basis.

Comment:  Notice the amount of detail necessary when you are talking about your experience. One of the most  common mistakes  made by foreigners when discussing their former employment is to speak too generally. The employer wants to know exactly what you did and how you did it; the more detail you can give the more the interviewer knows that you understand the type of work. Remember to vary your vocabulary when talking about your responsibilities. Also, do not begin every sentence with "I". Use the  passive voice , or an introductory clause to help you add variety to your presentation

Strengths and Weaknesses

Interviewer:  What is your greatest strength? Candidate:  I work well under pressure. When there is a deadline (a time by which the work must be finished), I can focus on the task at hand (current project) and structure my work schedule well. I remember one week when I had to get 6 new customer reports out by Friday at 5. I finished all the reports ahead of time without having to work overtime.

Candidate:  I am an excellent communicator. People trust me and come to me for advice. One afternoon, my colleague was involved with a troublesome (difficult) customer who felt he was not being served well. I made the customer a cup of coffee and invited both my colleague and the client to my desk where we solved the problem together.

Candidate:  I am a trouble shooter. When there was a problem at my last job, the manager would always ask me to solve it. Last summer, the LAN server at work crashed. The manager was desperate and called me in (requested my help) to get the LAN back online. After taking a look at the daily backup, I detected the problem and the LAN was up and running (working) within the hour.

Comment:  This is not the time to be modest! Be confident and  always  give examples. Examples show that you are not only repeating words you have learned, but actually do possess that strength.

Interviewer:  What is your greatest weakness? Candidate:  I am overzealous (work too hard) and become nervous when my co-workers are not pulling their weight (doing their job). However, I am aware of this problem, and before I say anything to anyone, I ask myself why the colleague is having difficulties.

Candidate:  I tend to spend too much time making sure the customer is satisfied. However, I began setting time-limits for myself If I noticed this happening.

Comment:  This is a difficult question. You need to mention a weakness that is actually a strength. Make sure that you always mention how you try to improve the weakness.

Reasons for Seeking the Position

Interviewer:  Why do you want to work for Smith and Sons? Candidate:  After following your firm's progress for the last 3 years, I am convinced that Smith and Sons are becoming one of the market leaders and I would like to be part of the team.

Candidate:  I am impressed by the quality of your products. I am sure that I would be a convincing salesman because I truly believe that the Atomizer is the best product on the market today.

Comment:  Prepare yourself for this question by becoming informed about the company. The more detail you can give, the better you show the interviewer that you understand the company.

Availability to Start

Interviewer:  When can you begin? Candidate:  Immediately. Candidate:  As soon as you would like me to begin.

Comment:  Show your willingness to work!

Show That You Know the Job

The above questions represent some of the most basic questions asked on any job interview  in English. Probably the most important aspect of interviewing in English is giving detail. As a speaker of English as a second language , you might be shy about saying complicated things. However, this is absolutely necessary as the employer is looking for an employee who knows his or her job. If you provide detail, the interviewer will know that you feel comfortable in that job. Don't worry about making mistakes in English. It is much better to make simple grammar mistakes and provide detailed information about your experience than to say grammatically perfect sentences without any real content.

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