Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime. Interviewing Lesson Plan


Published on

The fourth school lesson plan presentation involves preparing for an interview. We explain how to get ready and practice for a job interview as well as what to do once you get there.

Published in: Career
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this Interviewing Lesson Plan

  1. 1.©Copyright Preparing For An Interview BY DOUG CRAWFORD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
  2. 2.©Copyright
  3. 3. Remember: It’s Just An Interview Relax, you aren’t the first person to ever be nervous before an interview.
  4. 4. ©Copyright It’s Not Just About Answering Questions…  It’s a conversation, not an interrogation.  The interview should be a back-and-forth discussion, with both sides asking questions of each other.  Hit the right talking points.  Focus on industry-related topics and conveying knowledge about the job at hand.  Don’t downplay your experience.  Stop picking apart what you’ve done. It should never be, “I was just a cashier.” All experience should come across as being proud of the work you accomplished.  Practice being confident.  Take the time to practice interviewing with someone to build confidence and avoid the “um’s” and “like’s.”  Anecdotal experiences do help.  Conveying what you’ve done well and how you achieved goals on the job may help show experience
  5. 5. ©Copyright General Tips and Knowledge  Dress appropriately  Come prepared  Be polite  Show up on time  Turn off your phone
  6. 6. Dress Appropriately  Always dress professionally  For a young man, a tucked-in polo and khakis or a dress shirt, slacks, and tie.  For a young woman, a polo and dress pants or a dress shirt and workplace- appropriate skirts.  You’re making an impression from the moment you walk in the door.
  7. 7. Come Prepared  Bring a copy of your resume and a list of references, just in case.  Research the company beforehand.  Prepare questions for the interviewer concerning job responsibilities, company culture, and the interviewer’s experiences in the company.  Salary questions should only be asked when initiated by the interviewer.
  8. 8. Use Common Sense  Do:  Show up early, not on time  Shake hands when greeting and leaving  Maintain eye contact  Thank the interviewer for their time  Don’t:  Chew gum  Bring your cell phone  Slouch or act distracted  Overshare
  9. 9. ©Copyright How To Answer Typical Interview Questions
  10. 10.©Copyright Tell me about yourself.
  11. 11. ©Copyright Tell Me About Yourself…  This question may trip up interviewees because the initial thought process goes to giving personal background information.  The interviewer is actually asking about your skills, training, and education background, all related to the job at hand.  Your answer should take no more than a minute or two to relay.  Use the “elevator pitch”  Summarize skills and achievements, with deliveries theoretically occurring in the same amount of time as a shared elevator ride.  Stories with concrete examples of skills or highlighting important accomplishments tend to win over employers in the end.
  12. 12.©Copyright What would you consider your strengths?
  13. 13. ©Copyright What Would You Consider Your Strengths?  Finding the “right” answer typically falls to preparation and building confidence in your delivery.  Assess what makes you unique, all while considering relevant experiences, special trainings, and skills you’ve acquired applicable to the job at hand.  The question really is open-ended:  Practicing answering beforehand by making lists to help focus on two or three especially strong qualities may prove beneficial  Thinking of relevant stories demonstrating job-related strengths may also help
  14. 14.©Copyright How about weaknesses?
  15. 15. ©Copyright What are your weaknesses?  You’re allowed to have weaknesses, you just have to show how you assess such shortcomings and be able to describe steps toward improvement.  Avoid portraying a weakness as a strength. The answer will sound contrived and false.  Interviewers typically do not hire candidates that can not admit to flaws.  Always frame answers in terms of how you are taking steps to improve in areas of weakness.  Keep answers honest, focused, and concise, all while choosing a weakness that is related to the job at hand.
  16. 16.©Copyright Why would you like to work here?
  17. 17. ©Copyright Why Would You Like To Work Here?  On the outside, you may just want a job for a paycheck. Employers may be hoping for a little bit more.  Employers are trying to gauge both personal and professional reasons candidates apply to that particular company  Research the potential employer and look into aspects of service, particular programs designed to retain employees, and the company business model.  Showing you know and understand these things stand out to an employer  Cite specifics about how you heard about the job or the company culture  What to avoid?  Talking about money as the reason you want to work there  Bad-mouthing former employers
  18. 18.©Copyright Why should we hire you?
  19. 19. ©Copyright Why Should We Hire You?  Avoid generic responses, such as “I’ll be a hard worker” or “I can do the job better than anyone else.”  Instead, prove it.  Base responses off personal work histories combined with positive personality traits.  Discuss spearheading possible problems the typical job may face and give specific examples of how you would try solving them.  Pull from experiences starting and finishing projects and how the desired effect was achieved.  Always have a back up answer ready  Practice responses to avoid getting tongue-tied or from appearing nervous.
  20. 20. ©Copyright So What Have We Learned?  Why is an interview more of a conversation than an interrogation?  What should you focus your conversation on?  When is the only time you should talk money?  What kind of questions should you prepare ahead of time for the interviewer?  How should you dress for the interview?  What are some examples of what you should do the day of the interview?  What are some examples of what you shouldn’t do?  Should you bring anything with you to the interview?  If so, what should you bring?
  21. 21. ©Copyright Additional Resources For more information about preparing for an interview, check out the following resources from