Teaching Interview Skills

faceThe Importance of Teaching Interview Skills To ESL Students

Having effective interview skills in any culture and age is important as they can be applied in everything from interviews for school and university placements, at foreign embassies to obtain education Visas to study overseas, and for job interviews.  In Hong Kong, where I teach, it is part of the admission requirement to be admitted into a secondary school. For this reason, I teach my students how to interview well and how to be an effective interviewer.

For the next couple of weeks, my grade six students will be preparing for their secondary school admission interviews. I created a booklet titled,

Interviewing for Success

with helpful tips about:

  • Topics you should think about before attending an interview
  • Words for discussion
  • Interview Etiquette
  • All about me – What makes me so special?

Each section of the booklet is discussed and completed in class so students have a clear understanding on what is involved in an interview.  I model answers and routines for them in depth, and students discuss topics among themselves.  At the end of two weeks, two other teachers and myself will conduct and video mock interviews, allowing the participants to see themselves in action and provide them with things they did well, and areas for further practice.

Part of the secondary school admission interview, requires candidates to read a passage related to a current issue in Hong Kong and give their opinion on the matter.  To prepare for this, we will be discussing current issues, as well.  Furthermore, they will learn how to prepare and conduct an interview themselves which allows them to understand the interviewer’s point of view.

In the next few weeks, students will:

  1. Discuss the importance of interviews and effective interviewing techniques.
  2. Learn the three stages of an interview.
  3. Identify and address frequently asked interview questions in local secondary schools.
  4. Learn how to respond to difficult interview questions.
  5. Conduct an interview.
  6. Create interview questions.
  7. Learn interviewing techniques.
  8. Read and discuss some local trending issues
  9. Have opportunities to give peer feedback
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