Preparing For a Job Interview

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on October 28, 2020 and last updated on July 19, 2023

The topic of preparing for a job interview holds immense value for English learners as it equips them with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate the competitive job market. By exploring this topic, learners can enhance their vocabulary, improve their fluency in answering interview questions and develop effective communication strategies.

Additionally, understanding the intricacies of job interviews in an English-speaking context enhances learners’ confidence and provides practical insights into cultural norms and expectations.



Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Preparing For a Job Interview Review

Preparing for a job interview is a crucial endeavour that significantly influences one’s chances of securing employment. From researching the company and understanding the job requirements to developing compelling answers and mastering non-verbal communication, job seekers must navigate a range of essential factors.

By delving into effective strategies and essential skills, this topic equips individuals with the tools necessary to confidently showcase their qualifications and leave a lasting impression on potential employers.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • interview (noun)
  • come across (phrasal verb)
  • inevitable (adjective)
  • preparation (noun)
  • confidence (noun)
  • relaxed (adjective)
  • successful (adjective)
  • overall (adverb)

Conversation Questions

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  • How do you typically prepare for a job interview? Are there any specific steps you follow?
  • What do you think are the most important factors to consider when researching a company before a job interview?
  • Have you ever had a challenging or unexpected interview question? How did you handle it?
  • What strategies do you use to showcase your skills and experience during a job interview?
  • Are there any cultural differences you have encountered when preparing for job interviews in different countries?
  • Are there any cultural differences you have encountered when preparing for job interviews in different countries?
  • Should job seekers tailor their resume and cover letter for each specific job application?
  • Is it important for job candidates to research and understand the company's values and culture before an interview?
  • Should job interviews include unconventional or creative questions to assess a candidate's problem-solving skills?
  • Should candidates disclose their salary expectations during a job interview or wait until an offer is made?
  • Should job seekers invest in professional interview coaching or preparation services?
  • Is it necessary to send a follow-up thank-you email or note after a job interview?
  • Should employers consider a candidate's appearance and dress code as part of the hiring decision?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.