ESL Discussion Questions on Interviews

Engage in ESL discussions about interviews, covering preparation, techniques, and impacts for learners from A2 to C2 levels.

Try this lesson: Job Interview Essentials

A2 Level (Elementary)

  1. What is a job interview?
  2. How do you dress for an interview?
  3. What jobs have you applied for?
  4. How do you say “resume” in your language?
  5. What questions might you ask in an interview?
  6. How do you greet someone in a formal situation?
  7. What is your dream job?
  8. How do you feel before an interview?
  9. What are good manners in an interview?
  10. How do you talk about your skills?
  11. What should you not do in an interview?
  12. What is a handshake?
  13. How do you prepare for an interview?
  14. Why is eye contact important?
  15. What do you do after an interview?
  16. How do you answer “Tell me about yourself”?
  17. What kind of jobs are popular in your country?
  18. How do you say “Good luck” in your language?
  19. Why is work experience important?
  20. What do you do if you are late for an interview?

B1 Level (Intermediate)

  1. What are common interview questions?
  2. How do you answer a difficult question?
  3. What is a phone interview?
  4. How can you show confidence in an interview?
  5. Why is body language important in interviews?
  6. What are strengths and weaknesses?
  7. How do you negotiate salary?
  8. What is a group interview?
  9. How do you talk about your past jobs?
  10. What is a cover letter?
  11. How do you follow up after an interview?
  12. What are job qualifications?
  13. How do you handle stress in interviews?
  14. What is a reference in a job application?
  15. What are online interviews like?
  16. How do you discuss your education?
  17. What is a job offer?
  18. How do you ask for feedback after an interview?
  19. What is a career goal?
  20. How do you handle rejection from a job?

B2 Level (Upper Intermediate)

  1. Discuss the importance of first impressions in interviews.
  2. How do behavioral interviews differ from traditional ones?
  3. Analyze the role of research in preparing for an interview.
  4. What are the challenges of virtual interviews?
  5. How does culture influence interview practices?
  6. Discuss strategies for answering behavioral questions.
  7. What is the STAR method in interviews?
  8. How can you demonstrate problem-solving skills in an interview?
  9. What are illegal interview questions?
  10. How do you handle gaps in your employment history?
  11. Discuss the concept of personal branding in job interviews.
  12. How do you negotiate job terms?
  13. What are the key qualities employers look for?
  14. How do you handle a panel interview?
  15. Discuss the role of networking in job searching.
  16. How do you prepare for a competency-based interview?
  17. What is the impact of social media on job searching?
  18. How do you handle unexpected questions?
  19. Discuss the importance of continuous learning for career development.
  20. What are the trends in job interviews?

C1 Level (Advanced)

  1. Critically analyze different interviewing techniques.
  2. Evaluate the effectiveness of case interviews.
  3. Discuss the role of emotional intelligence in interviews.
  4. How do globalization and diversity affect interviewing?
  5. Analyze the balance between being honest and selling yourself.
  6. What are the implications of AI in recruiting?
  7. Discuss the concept of cultural fit in job interviews.
  8. How do you prepare for high-stakes interviews?
  9. Analyze the ethics of background checks.
  10. Discuss the impact of first impressions versus qualifications.

C2 Level (Proficiency)

  1. Examine the psychological aspects of job interviews.
  2. Debate the fairness of different interviewing methods.
  3. Analyze the role of unconscious bias in interviews.
  4. Evaluate the long-term impact of interview performance.
  5. Discuss the interplay between personal and professional identities in interviews.
  6. Evaluate strategies for negotiating executive-level positions.
  7. Analyze the impact of economic trends on job interviews.
  8. Discuss the role of storytelling in interviews.
  9. Evaluate the challenges of cross-cultural interviews.
  10. Examine the future of job interviews in the evolving work landscape.