Human Resources

A selection of business English discussion questions.


  1. Do you enjoy job interviews? Are you successful at them?
  2. What is the secret of job interview success?
  3. What is the single biggest mistake you can make in a job interview?
  4. If you applied for a job tomorrow, do you think you could get two good references?
  5. How would you advise a man to dress for a job interview?
  6. How would you advise a woman to dress for an interview?
  7. Does having a university degree really help you get a better job?
  8. Do beautiful people find it easier to get good jobs?
  9. If you were hiring someone to take over your job, what qualities would you look for?
  10. Do you think a person’s marital status should be taken into account when they apply for a job?
  11. Why do you think it is more difficult for someone over 60 to get a new job?
  12. Being successful is not about what you know, it is about who you know. Do you think there is some truth in this expression?
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How to use these materials

It is recommended that you download the ESL discussion questions in PDF format using one of the links above. The best way to encourage classroom interaction is to download and print the discussion questions in the 'pairs' or 'threes' PDF format and then divide the questions by cutting along the dotted lines. This allows students to take turns asking and answering the discussion questions in groups of two or three.

It is advisable to prepare students for using these discussion questions by first introducing them to the topic in an interesting and engaging way. An anecdote, quiz question or a related image or video could all be used to achieve this. Depending on the level, it may also be necessary to pre-teach any challenging vocabulary contained in the discussion questions.

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