Participants take part in a mock interview and then discuss the questions and answers, and the message appearance sends to a prospective employer.


  • Life Skills
  • Job Interviews


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain and demonstrate how to answer common job interview questions.


  • Interview Preparation activity sheet
  • Interview Role-Play activity sheet


Text in italics should be read aloud to participants. As you engage your post in activities each week, please include comments, discussions, and feedback to the group relating to Character, Leadership, and Ethics. These are important attributes that make a difference in the success of youth in the workplace and in life.



Ask participants: What does “don’t judge a book by its cover” mean? How might this apply to interviewing for a job?


Explorers may note that the person inside is more important than their appearance. Others may note that the way we present ourselves has a lot to do with how people respond to us, whether or not that is fair.


Discuss the following points and work to help the Explorers understand that while these are in some ways “the cover of the book,” we want to present the best version of ourselves when taking part in an interview.


  1. Dress appropriately for the interview.
  2. Use proper language (i.e., no slang or profanity).
  3. Arrive early to the interview.
  4. Research information about your potential job.
  5. Research information about the company with which you are interviewing.
  6. Do not eat, drink, or chew gum during the interview.
  7. Stay calm, relax, and be yourself.

Activity 1

Interview Preparation

Pass out the Interview Preparation activity sheet. Have participants answer the questions on the activity sheet as if they were being interviewed for a job. After they are finished, ask for volunteers to share their answers or discuss any questions they had about the interview process.

Activity 2

Interview Role-Play

Divide participants into pairs and pass out the Interview Preparation activity sheet. (If someone does not have a partner, allow one group of three.) Explain that one member of each pair is to interview their partner for a job. The person conducting the interview should record their partner’s answers on their own activity sheet. After participants have completed an interview, they are to role-play the interview from the opposite perspective. Make sure there is enough time for participants to be both the interviewer and the interviewee.


Some sample questions are below. They are designed to help the participants apply what they have learned to their own interests. You are welcome to use these questions or develop your own questions that relate to your post or specific focus area.


Focusing Questions

  • How did the activities go?
  • How did it help to think about the questions in advance?
  • How did it feel to have someone ask these questions of you?

Analysis Questions

  • What sorts of questions were missing from this interview?
  • How might the person interviewing you respond differently to your answers if you were dressed inappropriately or used improper language?

Generalization Questions

  • How can you be best prepared for an interview?
  • What have you learned by asking these questions?
  • What have you learned by answering these questions?
  • How do you think you would do in this interview if you practiced and were better prepared?
  • Why is this important?
Job Interviews Activity Sheet
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