Interview Skills Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Help students master the vital skill of interviewing for jobs with this lesson plan. Students watch a video lesson, outlining advice for before and during the interview. They then put these tips to practice, using class time to prepare for an actual interview.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain steps to take for a successful job interview
  • make plans for before and during an interview to prepare for obstacles


50 minutes


  • Index cards

Key Vocabulary

  • Job interview
  • Mission statement

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.3

Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.6

Acquire and use accurately general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


  • Engage students with the topic by explaining your first job interview. Make the experience fun and playful, focusing on the things you learned and your feelings about the experience.
  • Tell students they will be planning for a job interview. Ask students to share experience with the topic and talk about jobs they're considering applying for.
  • Next, show the video lesson How to Prepare For Your Job Interview.
  • Instruct students to take notes as the lesson plays, listing the strategies from the Before the Interview and During the Interview sections.
  • Pause at 3:02 and ask:
    • How does researching the company help prepare for an interview?
    • What can you do if the company doesn't have a website?
    • How are anecdotes useful when interviewing?
    • What may happen if you go to an interview without important paperwork or without having followed other instructions?
  • Next, brainstorm a list of questions often asked on interviews and record them on the board. (If necessary, use the lesson Job Interviews: Types & Common Questions for help.)
  • Resume the How to Prepare For Your Job Interview video. After the lesson summary, discuss:
    • What is appropriate attire for an office job? A fast food job? How are they alike and different?
    • If you've already sent a resume, why do you need to bring copies?
    • How can asking questions and following up help you secure a job?

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