Discussing Your Work History (Adv)


In this lesson, students will learn about the best way to discuss their past work history.
Student Level: 
Unit Group: 
General Business - Interviews

Warm Up (5 mins)

How long have you been working in your current organization?

What are your responsibilities?

Listening (5 mins)

Watch the following video.

1. How does the speaker say you should prepare for an interview situation?

Reading Comprehension (10 mins)

Read the following article.

1. How does the author suggests that you should present your work history on your resume?

Conversation Skill (10 mins)

Building On Simple Statements (BOSS) Technique

Conversation Skill Point: 

Often, when we want to have a more sophisticated conversation, we need to go beyond making simple generic statements.

It is better to:

  • Make you base statement
  • Add some details to the statement
  • Expand with either i) an example or ii) your opinion


In college I practiced Karate.

Base statement

I needed to do a lot of hard training every week.


It was hard at times but I think it taught me a lot about self-discipline.

Expansion (opinion)

I have a pet dog.

Base statement

He is a 10 year old Labrador.


We go everywhere together. For example last weekend I took him camping.

Expansion (example)

Expand on each of the following statements using your own information (or imagination if necessary).

I studied some interesting subjects at school.
I have some interesting friends.
I have been to some beautiful places.

Vocabulary (5 mins)

Word or expression
1) audited, examined, analyzed, mentored
2) delegated, defined, illustrated, documented
3) centralized, lobbied, persuaded, campaigned
4) inspected, screened, monitored, forecasted
5) exceeded, mapped, outperformed, surpassed

Role Play (15 mins)


Case Study (15 mins)

Imagine you are applying for a management position with Pacific Trading Ltd, and import and export company.

They require that the successful applicant has at least two years of work experience in the Japanese economy.

Tell the interviewer about your work history (use your imagination if necessary) and answer any questions they have.

Be sure to explain:

  • Each role you have had
  • Any unique responsibilites associated with that role
  • Why you moved from each role to the next one.

Use the "Build On Simple Statements" technique.


Extension Activity

What are the potential benefits and risks of moving to a new organization?

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 !