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The student will give at least five important considerations to keep in mind during the
The interview is the first step in the door towards getting a job. It is at this point that the
prospective employee has a chance to make a face-to-face impression with someone who may have
the authority to hire him or her for the job. In this lesson, the student is to evaluate ten different steps in
the interviewing process and state appropriate ways to handle each step.
- Ask students to give their opinions as to what a job interview is.
- Ask students to give reasons why making a good impression at an interview is important.
Students are to complete the worksheet Interviewing by providing the character with
appropriate comments (or actions) related to preforming well at an interview. Students can add to the
drawings, put in conversation, or simply write out their advice.
Materials: pen or pencil, markers (for drawing)
Answers: (examples) 1. be polite, be specific; 2. be on time or early; 3. dress for the type of
job -- don t overdo it, don t look too casual; 4. Good morning not Yo ; 5. express
interest, don't ask about salary right away; 6. tell why you came for the job; 7. tell what you
have done that might be relevant; 8. express some personality; 9. Thank you for your time ;
10. thank them for the interview, reaffirm your interest in the position.
Discussion: Go through each of the steps and talk about what would be considered appropriate
or inappropriate at each point.
- Why is it important to be on time or early for an interview? (their time is valuable, you want
to appear conscientious!)
- What would be appropriate dress if you were applying for a job at an office? (dress or
skirt; shirt and tie)
- What would be appropriate dress if you were applying for a counselor's position at a sports
camp for kids? (something more casual)
- Why would it be important to ask questions about the position? (shows that you are
interested, have given it some thought)
- Why shouldn't you ask about the salary right away? (it would appear as though that was
your only reason for wanting the job)
- If the interviewer tells you right away that you won't get the job, why should you still be
polite when you leave? (there might be another job opening later)
- Why is it a good idea to send a follow-up letter or make a phone call? (to find out what
they have decided, make another good impression)
- Practice mock interviews with students taking turns interviewing each other. Have them
fabricate the type of job they are offering and make a list of questions. Have students participate by interviewing and evaluating the interviews of others.
- Have students work in groups to illustrate various positive and negative points about being a
good interviewee. Videotape the skits and have students evaluate them. This can be a fun
- Invite a business friend to talk to the class about what he or she looks for in a person who is
interviewing for a job. What specific things turn them off? What is impressive?
- What are some important things to prepare for before the interview?
- What are some ways to make a good impression during the interview?
- Why is an appropriate appearance very important during an interview?
Uploaded by: Jessica Soltesz/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major