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Weekly Agenda

Pre-Work / Course

The Interview Skills class is designed to be practical, experiential, applied, hands-on....and fun!

In the week leading up to the class, please start looking at the job ads on Indeed.com or company websites, and identify a job posting / advertisement that you are interested in AND believe that you could do. (i.e., you've got 7/10 of the criteria / requirements) and/or the transferable skills.

Bring to Class

Please bring a copy of the job ad to class - and also take a picture of it for safekeeping.

Bring along the most recent copy of your resume. (Don't worry if it is not up-to-date - we will simply be using it to refresh your memory!)

Pen and paper to take notes. (If you need an electronic version, you can take a photo afterwards.)

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Week 1 - Course Intro / Syllabus Review + CAR Stories Intro

(Comment.gif: Instructor's Opening: I remember a time when I was applying for a job - polished up my resume, tweaked the cover letter; submitted application to applicant trackint system (ATS) and waited for several weeks. Then, I got an interview....and after hearing "Tell Me About Yourself", I thought it would have been great to practice AHEAD of time.)

Review

  • Course intro, about instructor, syllabus review
    • Course simulates the interview experience
    • Experiential, APPLIED, interactive
    • High quality participation expected + rewarded (in-person & online)
  • Interviewing is a Job Skill + Life Skill
  • Direct feedback (Professor), practice (mock interviews)
  • Reduce stress - for interviews
  • Review assignments & instructions; blog posting themes; grading
    • Importance of Planning Ahead - especially to find Interviewers for Videos
    • It is Student's Responsibility to Be Up to Date
  • Explain Rationale: No Computers / Electronic Devices in Class

New Learning

  • Interviewing as "muscle memory"
  • Background, Skills, Experience & Transferable Skills
  • Behavioral Interviews & CAR Stories - how / why to use them
  • Importance of ACCOUNTABILITY, FOLLOW-THROUGH, CONSEQUENCES, BIG PICTURE
    • Simulation of Interview in-class

Activities

  • Plenary: Objective of Interview
  • Complete Email Address & Contact Info (via Google Drive Sign-up Sheet) - see: www.wikieducator.org/SMLR
  • Complete Mini-Bio - see: www.wikieducator.org/SMLR
  • Who Are You (Introduce Yourself) & What Is the Job You Want to Do - (tables) OR
  • Why Do You Do That (3x) (pairs, 10 min) OR
  • Transferable Skills - Identify 10 skills, then 3 skills, then discuss in groups giving an example of the "transferable skills". Report in plenary (i.e., large group)

Homework

Readings

Prepare for Class

  • Complete Mini-Bio
  • Review ALL ASSIGNMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS for course
  • Find Advertised Job Description - (Comment.gif: Save a copy, as you will need to submit it for the Final Assignment)
    • Write three (3) CAR Stories FROM YOUR EXPERIENCE - THAT MATCHES this Job Description - pay attention to Job Requirements & Roles and Responsibilities.
  • Create blog on Sakai
  • Write one (1) Blog post + substantive replies (before next class)
  • Bring pen and paper to next class - to take notes (you can take a picture of them when you're finished)

Week 2 - CAR Stories (cont'd) + Research Thyself & Employers

Review

  • Why Am I Taking this Course? Purpose?
  • Blog Posts - What Did I Learn - Self, Others?
  • What is the Objective of the Interview
  • What is a Behavioral Interview?
  • What is a CAR Story? Transferable Skills? Competencies?
    • Why are CAR Stories Important?

New Learning

  • Handshake U
  • When does Interview Start?
  • CAR Stories (for professional job): Specific information of value, interest to prospective employer
    • Job Description, Roles & Responsibilities
  • Knowledge + Experience & Transferable Skills (70 / 30)
  • Researching Employers (Organizations, Hiring Managers, Decision-Makers)

Activities

  • Handshake U - (walk in)
  • Self - Revise Your CAR Stories - for your Professional Job
    • Tighten up Delivery, Language & Body Language
    • Integrate Transferable Skills
  • Pairs - CAR Stories - Peer Review/Practice (in pairs, 5 min)
    • (Comment.gif: Hint - Use CAR Stories + Transferable Skills into Your Response to Behavioral Interview Questions)
    • Suggest How Peer can Improve Their CAR Story
  • Plenary: Call on Individuals - Share CAR Story (on-the-spot)
  • Lecturette: Researching Organizations & Desired Job / Role
    • Job Role
    • Organization
    • Hiring Manager / Decision-Maker
    • "The Business" - customers, markets, competitors, revenues, profitability, etc.
    • Pain, Problems, Challenges
    • Info Sources - Library, LinkedIn, Website,
    • Organization "Burn" Rate
    • Connect the Dots
  • Research Employers (pairs OR groups, 4-5 people)
    • What is the business, products, services, industry, growing / declining, issues / "Pain"
    • Present/Plenary

Homework

Readings

Prepare for Class

  • Stand Up and Vocally Practice Three (3) CAR Stories - in Response to Behavioral Interview Questions
    • Rehearse Out Loud to Friend, Colleague and/or in front of Mirror
  • Integrate CAR Stories into Your Cover Letters, Resumes & LinkedIn Profile
    • (Comment.gif: Recommendation - Create a LinkedIn Profile - make sure to upload a photo, and use your personal email address. You can populate it with your resume information)
    • Be sure to add the LinkedIn URL to the Class Email Sign Up Sheet (Google Docs)
  • Research Your Desired / Target Employer
    • (Comment.gif: As per the Google Slides in Week 2 - Toolkits I + II)
  • Write one (1) Blog post + substantive replies (before next class)

Week 3 - Critical Success Factors for Interviews

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Tip: Review + Mini-Intros will take about 1 hour of class time


Review

  • Blog Posts - what did I learn? Self, Others?
  • Integrating CAR Stories & Transferable Skills into Responses to Behavioral Interview Questions
  • Strategies for Researching Employers
  • Attunement - Importance of
  • Self-Awareness, Presentation, Delivery
  • Assignment Review
    • Video Interviews 1 + 2, Final Paper
    • (Comment.gif: Hint: Start Planning Ahead, Especially for Video 2 - You will need a Partner to ask you the Behavioral Interview Questions)

New Learning

  • Information Interviews
  • Nonverbal & Cultural Situations & Strategies & Voice Tone & Pace
  • Grooming, Team Colors,
  • Organization / Cultural Fit
  • Appropriate / Legal Questions
  • HR + Employer's Perspective (POSS. GUEST SPEAKER OR VIDEO)

Activities

Mini-Intros for Networking - for Practice / Conciseness
  • Networking - Mini-Intros (30 secs, timed, per person)
    • (1) Write your responses by self (3-4 min); (2); then choose one (1) person per table (about 8 tables) to stand up and model response and receive feedback (30 secs, timed); then everyone at each table per table has opportunity to present mini-intro (30 secs each, activity is approx. 5 min.)
  1. Full Name (or nickname)
  2. Field of Study / Interest
  3. Desired Role & Company (professional)
  4. What I Bring to Employer / Role - (Hint: Transferable Skills)
Appropriate - Legal & Illegal Questions
  • Ask Questions from ICTC HR Management Handbook - pp. 45-46:
    • Candidate Evaluation Chart / Selection Interview Chart (Instructor: Call and Response - walkabout)
    • Respond and Pivot - Like a Politican
CAR Story Practice (if there's time)
  • Make Your Pitch: Explain Your CAR Story - in Response to a Behavioral Interview Question
    • The CAR story is a way of aligning and mapping your experience to the behavior and requirements for your desired job / employer

Homework

Readings

Prepare for Class

  • Prepare for Mock Interviews / Oral Presentation (draft)
  • Conduct information interview(s) - off-campus / in-person is best
  • (Comment.gif: Information Interviews are essential for connecting with industry insiders; building relationships and discovering what you cannot learn from the job description OR Internet.)
  • Write one (1) Blog post + substantive replies (before next class)

Assignment DUE Next Class

  • Video 1 - Introduction / Interview (submit URL to Sakai) in a Microsoft Word document (with your name - i.e., Shawn Fisher, Video 1)

Week 4 - The Interview Process & Types of Interviews

Review

  • Blog Posts - what did I learn? Self, Others?
  • Assignment Feedback
  • Preparing for Interviews / Employer Research
  • Body Language

New Learning

  • Integrating Job Role / Major Responsibilities into Answers (i.e., "Program Coordinator)
  • Challenging Questions - Acknowledge, Pivot, Return to CAR Stories & Transferable Skills
  • Managing Stress & Intro to Yoga (see Resources in Content & Readings)
  • Managing Your Electronic Profile & Digital Portfolio
  • Interview Clock / Time Management (10, 40, 15, 5)
  • References
  • Follow-up: Getting In Touch, Self / Negotiation vs. Team Player (optics)

Activities

  • Lecture: New learning (above)
  • Challenge / Pivot Answers - (Comment.gif: "You are unqualified OR have no real work experience in our industry - why should I hire you?)
  • Oral Presentations of Final Paper (optional)
  • SIRS Course Evaluation

Homework

Prepare for Class

Readings

Prepare for Class

  • Conduct Information Interviews with target employer / competitor (as per advertised job description)

Assignment DUE Next Class

  • Final Paper
  • Video 2

Week 5 - Getting Visibility; Salary & Compensation; Networking & Info Interviews

Review

  • Assignment Review - Video 1, Video 2, Final Paper
  • Blog - Learning and Takeways

New Learning

  • Getting Noticed / Visibility (Job Search Today)
  • Negotiating Salary, Compensation
    • The Interview Process (& when does interview end) - Trump Middle Finger Lady
    • Contracts / Contracting
  • Information & Mock Interviews(revisited) - in pairs
  1. Information Interviews - to get inside information OR learn about about a person's experience in a job / in a company (based on their past experience) - (pairs)
  2. Mock Interviews (revisited)
  • OPTIONAL: The Road Ahead: Adobe VOCO; and Facebook: Grail (Telepresence / Hologram Technology) / puppetry / manipulation?

Activities

Networking

  • Conduct Information Interviews (pairs) - (i.e., share your knowledge about previous OR prospective employer - 10 min. (5/5)
  • Optional: Mock Interviews (pairs) - (i.e., simulate interview based on your experience in a previous job) - 10 min. (5/5)
  • Listen to Audio: Future Trends (podcast - RadioLab - Podcast - http://www.radiolab.org/story/breaking-news/ (26:00) - Originally aired, July 2017
  • Listen to Audio: Why humans ditched the mono brow for two eyebrows, CBC Radio, Quirks and Quarks, April 14, 2018

Homework

Readings

Prepare for Class

Course Evaluation

  • SIRS - emailed directly to you (previous week)

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