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An Interview with a View

Martha Salter
Santa Rosa District Schools

Description

Get your students involved in the interview process using this fun activity. The students participate in role-playing, group discussions and self-evaluations. In addition, they view and evaluate their classmates.

Objectives

Apply employability skills in the workplace.

Materials

-Pencils
-Notebook paper
-Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews--teacher and student copies (See Associated File)
-Interview Questions--teacher and student copies (See Associated File)
-Role-Playing Checklist (See Associated File)
-Interview Script (See Associated File)

Preparations

1. Gather pencils and notebook paper.
2. Download and print the Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews--Teacher Copy. (See Associated File)
3. Download and make copies of the Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews for each student. (See Associated File)
4. Download and print the Interview Questions--Teacher Copy. (See Associated File)
5. Download and make copies of the Interview Questions for each student. (See Associated File)
6. Download and make copies of the Role-Playing Checklist for teacher and each student. (See Associated File)
7. Download and make copies of Interview Script for each student. (See Associated File)

Procedures

Note: This lesson introduces and assesses job interviewing skills.

1. Ask students if they have, or if someone they know has, ever been interviewed for a job.

2. As they begin their responses, use inappropriate behavior such as no eye contact, tapping your foot on the floor, interrupting them, reading something off their desk, mumbling back to them or anything else that might catch their attention related to inappropriate behavior for communication.

3. Explain how difficult it is to communicate without using appropriate behavior as you relate it to the interview process and items listed on the Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews--Teacher Copy worksheet. (See Associated File)

4. Allow students to complete their comments on past experiences with interviews as you model appropriate responses. Again, use the Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews--Teacher Copy for a guideline.

5. Divide the class into small groups and pass out the Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews worksheet (See Associated File) to students.

6. Ask students to work together and encourage them to use answers discussed earlier from the Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews worksheet to complete the "Appropriate" section of the worksheet.

7. Share small-group information with class to adjust and complete the "Appropriate" section of the worksheet.

8. Ask students if they can think of additional skills for interviewing. Use the Teacher Copy to generate the appropriate answers and write them on the board. Ask students to copy them on their worksheets in the “Other Skills To Know” section on the Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews worksheet.

Other Skills To Know:
-Introduce yourself to the interviewer
-Use a firm handshake
-Remain standing until offered a seat
-Give more than yes or no answers when possible
-Give a smile and thank-you at the end
-Give a request to hear about the company’s decision

9. Pass out Interview Questions (See Associated File) and ask students to complete. Be sure they understand to write more than yes or no answers. Use the suggestions on the Interview Questions--Teacher Copy (See Associated File) to guide them.

10. Assign partners for role-playing and explain to the students that they will practice the interview skills with each other. One will act as the interviewer and the other as the interviewee and then switch roles. The students need to know that they are practicing with each other to prepare themselves for a short interview with the teacher in front of the class.

11. Pass out the Interview Script (See Associated File) to each pair of students. Be sure the students know the difference between the interviewer and the interviewee. (If there is not prior knowledge on reading scripts, take a few minutes to explain it.)

12. After allowing students to switch roles, pass out the Role-Playing Checklist (See Associated File) and ask the students to evaluate each other. Combine pairs into small groups so one pair of students can evaluate the other and then switch out.

13. Have students come up one by one and interview in front of the class with the teacher. (You could draw names to make it more fun.) The teacher can use the Role-Playing Checklist to evaluate each student.

14. Ask the student to fill out a self-evaluation using the Role-Playing Checklist after completing the interview with the teacher.

Assessments

Use the Role-Playing Checklist (See Associated File) to assess the student’s understanding of interviewing skills.

Extensions

You may follow-up this lesson with a few suggestions:
1. Invite students to videotape the role-playing for more critical self-evaluations. (Be sure to obtain permission for videotaping.)
2. Add more interview questions to include strengths and weaknesses. (Be sure to adjust the Interview Questions worksheet and the Role-Playing Checklist.)
3. Discuss interview questions the students may ask.
-What are the working hours?
-Is overtime required? Attainable?
-Was the last person to hold this job promoted?
-What does it take to get promoted?
-Are there benefits with the job? (insurance, discounts…)
-Does the company provide training?
4. You can modify this lesson by listing the Appropriate Behaviors on the chalkboard from the Teacher Copy of the Inappropriate/Appropriate Behaviors for Interviews worksheet and asking students to fill in the correct responses. Be sure to rearrange the answers to create a matching exercise on the board.
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