Discussing Your Personal Qualities (Int)


Students will learn how to describe their personal qualities in a job interview situation.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Interviews

Warm Up (5 mins)

What kind of person is a "perfectionist"?

Do you think it is a positive or negative personal quality? Why?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

The presenter will describe one way to answer the question "What is your biggest weakness?"

1. Why might "being a perfectionist" be considered both a strength AND a weakness?

2. Can you imagine any other ways to answer the question "What is your biggest weakness?"

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

Imagine you are applying for a job at your dream company. How would you answer each of the 5 questions?

Grammar (5 mins)

Clauses containing "it" with adverbial clauses

 We use this type of pattern to describe routine or recurring situations and our feelings about them.




I enjoy it

when I am given more responsibility.

It annoys me

when projects have very short deadlines.

I appreciate it

when my co-workers help me during busy times.

It motivates me

when I have a chance to use new skills.

 Complete the following sentences using your own ideas:

1) It worries me when ....

2) It pleases me when ....

3) I hate it when ....

4) I love it when ....



Vocabulary (5 mins)

Word or expressionExample sentence
flexibleOur plan needs to be flexible in case the economic situation changes.
professionalEmployees must maintain a professional attitude to customer service.
productiveTheir team has been much more productive since they started using the new software.
sincereI was impressed by his sincere apology for the mistake.

 Many English words can be given the opposite meaning by adding the prefix "in" or "un" .

 Change the words in the vocabulary list into opposites and use those words to complete the following sentences.


 1) In order to finish the project on schedule we need to waste less time in ________________ meetings.

 2) I could tell from the look on his face that his concern about my health condition was ______________ .

 3) We thought her attire during the interview looked ________________ .

 4) I decided to leave my last company because they had very ______________ policies about taking time off.

Role Play (15 mins)

Interviewer:I'd like to know more about you as a person. What kind of qualities would you say are your strengths?
Job Candidate:I am a hard worker. I also like to take on new responsibilities. Last year my team leader gave me the responsiblity for planning our annual budget. It was a tough challenge but I achieved the goals on time.
Interviewer:Would you say you are a quick learner? Do you pick up new skills easily?
Job Candidate:Yes. I think I do. I'm also good at studying things independantly without a lot of supervision.
Interviewer:That's good to hear. We are looking for exactly that type of person.
Job Candidate:Thank you.
Interviewer:How do you think your friends would describe you as a person?
Job Candidate:I think they would say that I am a very loyal person. I value loyalty to others.
Interviewer:What kind of weaknesses do you think they might mention?
Job Candidate:They might say I am a bit inflexible at times. Once I have made my plans I like to follow through with all of them.
Interviewer:Thank you very much for those honest answers.

 Try the role play again. This time substitute your own answers.

 Change roles and try adding some original questions.

Extension Activity

 What kind of personal qualities do you think are needed to succeed in your dream job e.g. good communicator, patient listener etc.

 Are there any personal qualities that you would like to achieve e.g. become a confident leader, become better organized?  Why?

 Do you think your personal qualities have changed over the years? If so in what way?

Review and Quiz (5 mins)

Do you have any questions about this lesson?

What did you learn today?

Did you learn any new vocabulary or expressions?

Ask your instructor for tips on how you can improve your English.

Finally, don't forget to take the quiz after all your lessons are finished today.

Thank you !