Job Interview Lesson Plan for ESL Students

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, ELL students will learn how to be successful at a job interview. Students will examine how to dress, what body language to use and how to ask and answer questions at a job interview.

Learning Objectives

  • Ask and answer common interview questions
  • Evaluate clothing items' appropriateness for an interview
  • Model appropriate job interview body language


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, demonstrating a command of formal English when indicated or appropriate. (See grades 11-12 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)


Pictures of the following clothing items:

  • Flip flops
  • Hooded sweatshirt
  • Sneakers
  • Jeans
  • Baseball hat
  • High heels
  • Suit jacket
  • Slacks
  • Tie
  • Button-up shirt

A list of the following interview questions:

  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

A list of interview questions, one for each student

Instructions & Activities

It is best to include some practice activities with a skills lesson such as this one. By completing the following lessons, you'll give your students a hands-on approach to learn and remember what to wear and how to act.

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