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YouTube: How to Prepare for an Interview


Tech Product/Equipment:
Computer and projector, Mobile devices for students, Speakers

Activity Description

Posture is important before the job interview
Source: YouTube Video (License: Protected by Copyright (c) [i.e. screenshot])

This lesson will help your students prepare for a job interview. The video covers 

General Interview Skills by Monster
Source: How to Prepare for an Interview (License: Protected by Copyright (c) [i.e. screenshot])

In this activity, students will be viewing a YouTube video on "How to Prepare for an Interview," As they watch they should fill out the study guide and prepare to answer discussion questions. Then students can participate in mock interviews.



  1. Check to see if you can access to video or if the site is blocked at your district. See teacher tips if it is blocked.
  2. Preview the video, print the study guide, and create a list of questions you would like to discuss with students.
  3. Decide if there is any new vocabulary presented in this video and prepare a list with definitions.
  4. If you would like to do mock interviews with the students, write several general interview questions.


  1. Show the YouTube, How to Prepare for an Interview (Example Web Site, above)
  2. Discuss job interviews with the class.
  3. Have students make a list of what they fell they have done correctly or incorrectly in an interview.
  4. Show possible questions they might be asked on an interview.
  5. Select several students to demonstrate a mock interview.
  6. After interviews, ask students for their thoughts.

Teacher Tips

  • A negative often mentioned among adult education teachers is that YouTube is blocked at their sites. One solution is to download  the free software available at YTD Video Downloader , which similarly converts online video to portable video files on your computer. 
  • For a list of video sources and other ideas for use of online video, look on the OTAN site, Using online video in the classroom.

More Ways

  • You can also use video to:
    • To spark discussion or to use as a lesson warm up
    • As a pre-reading exercise to help students to start thinking about what they know about a topic they will read about
    • To supplement course content
    • As the basis for listening exercises
    • As a writing prompt
    • As the basis of a class survey project
    • To Inspire
  • To find a video you would like to present, you can use YouTube, or just do a Web search for any news program--from 60 Minutes to MSNBC News to CNN --and you will find that most sites contain both print material and video segments for most of what is broadcast on TV. Saw something on TV that you wished you could share with your students? Just about anything you see on a major TV channel can be found somewhere on the Web these days. If you cannot find it by searching Google, try Hulu . (Note: This site is likely to be blocked at K-12 school districts.)

Program Areas

  • ABE: Adult Basic Education
  • ESL: English as a Second Language
  • ASE: High School Diploma
  • CTE: Career Technical Education


  • Low
  • Intermediate
  • High
  • All Levels
  • Beginning High
  • Intermediate Low
  • Intermediate High
  • Advanced

Lesson Plan


Generate a discussion about student experiences in Job Interviews. Begin by having students discuss in small table groups. Then have the groups share the summary/favorite experiences with the class. 


Second question: How do you get a job? Small groups take two minutes to make a list, share with the class. Make a list on the board. 

Engagement Enhancement
  • Introduce YouTube video on General Interview Skills. Watch as a group.
  • Hand out the study guide. In pairs, students work together. They rewatch the video and fill in the study guide. As they watch, have them consider questions they have.
  • Ask students what questions might be asked at an interview. Make a list. 
Engagement Enhancement

Prepare for mock interivews.

Step 1: As pairs, discuss which questions you might be asked at an interview. Prepare answers. 

Share the questions/answers as a class. Select the 5 questions the class feel they want to prepare for. Write them on the board.

Engagement Enhancement

Mock interview practice.

Step 2: in pairs, students take turns being the interviewer and the interviewee, asking and answering the questions determined by the class. Demonstrate the skills discussed in the video. 

Engagement Enhancement Extension

Mock Interviews Day 2 (this may take more than one day depending on the size of the class.

  • Class members come to class dressed for the interview. 
  • The teacher can pose as the interviewer or appoint a student.
  • Students are interviewed by the interviewer. The rest of the class takes notes to share in the discussion
  • After the interview, students share observations. 
Engagement Enhancement Extension

Students can research more information about Job Interviews. (you can do this formally as reports or informally in small group discussions) Share ideas in small groups and as a class. Make a new list, "What do do in an Interview." Repeat Mock Interviews with the new information the students have presented. Discuss what was learned. 



  • Electives
    • Career Exploration
  • Reading
    • Employability
  • Writing
    • Basic Sentences

CTE Sectors

  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
  • Building and Construction Trades
  • Business and Finance
  • Education, Child Development, and Family Services
  • Energy, Environment, and Utilities
  • Engineering and Architecture
  • Fashion and Interior Design
  • Health Science and Medical Technology
  • Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Manufacturing and Product Development
  • Marketing Sales and Service
  • Public Services
  • Transportation

CTE Anchor Standards

  • Anchor Standard 2: Communications - Language Standard: Acquire and accurately use general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the (career and college) readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phrase important to comprehension or expression.


Listening, Speaking, YouTube, employment, job interview, mock interview, online videos, prepare for a job interview

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.