Students practice their speaking skills in a job interview role-play, learn about questions potential employers might ask them to test their fluency in English and revise basic grammar rules, such as present simple, past simple, future, expressing likes and dislikes...
Job interviews can be very stressful, nerve-racking even, especially for those who have no experience of it and the prospect of having to speak English will often add more stress to it. So I have decided to go through a set of questions that potential employers are likely to ask in English during an interview.
Here are some vocabulary and grammar points that can be revised prior to or during the activity.
1. Work-related questions
BTS = a two-year degree
Bac Pro = a vocational high school diploma
Bac STI2D = high school diploma specialising in technological innovation and sustainability.
Do an internship / Do a work placement / be an intern
Do an apprenticeship / be an apprentice
2. General questions about their life and/or tastes
- to be reminded of expressions to express like and dislikes (to avoid the redundancy of saying I like and I don't like all the time).
- some support for using preposition of time correctly in expressions such as at/on the weekend, on Saturday, in the evening, on holiday...
- Present simple
- Past simple
Want => wanted [ˈwɒntɪd]
Work => worked [wɜrkt]
Study => studied [ˈstʌdid]
Repair => repaired [rɪˈpɛrd]
Fix => fixed [fɪkst]
Decide => decided [dɪˈsaɪdɪd]
Do => did
Have => had
See => saw [sɔ]
Go => went
The use of 'did' in negative and interrogative form.
So I had to remind them of the difference between the use of will for future predictions (to answer the question where do you see yourself in 10 years?), and Going to for an intention (to explains what they plan to do during their next holidays).
How recruiters test your English
Based on the content of this article I also prepared some guidelines that can be provided to the weaker students
How recruiters test your English Guidelines