Job interviewing is by far the most fun, and one of the most useful units we use each year. It doesn't end there. I find myself pulling out these handouts throughout the year, as students start to apply for jobs and need refreshers. Even students who do not take my class come to talk shop and we use the handouts to talk about common job interview questions often.
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Nowhere will you find more content and scaffolding for individual job interview questions. At the end of the unit, students will have substantive and thoughtful answers to each interview question discussed. This curriculum was written for high school students, but is accessible if you want to try them out with middle school students as well!
Included in this unit:
Distance Learning Unit (Google Docs)
Distance Learning Unit (Print)
Job Interview Unit with NO PREP lesson plans for 9 questions
1. "Tell me a little about yourself."
2. Why do you want to work here?"
3. "What are your greatest strengths?"
4. "What is your greatest weakness?"
5. "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
6. "What are 3 words to describe yourself?" (see a sample, here!)
7. "How do you handle stress and pressure?"
8. "How would you deal with an angry customer?"
9. "Do you have any questions for me?
How to Follow-Up
- Teacher Tips
- Introduction to Unit - Good/Bad Interview Simulation Script
- Notes on Job Interviewing -- types of interviews and why they are used, types of questions and psychologically why they are used, illegal questions (use as lecture notes or reading)
- Job Interview Tips for Success (use as lecture notes or reading)
- How to Facilitate an Effective Group Interview
- The Group Interview Tips for Success
- Mock Interview Student Response Sheet (two versions)
- Full NO PREP 50-minute lesson plans for all 9 questions, including attention getters,"bad" and "good" responses to model in front of the class with instructional assistants or students, and lecture notes.
- Final Mock Interview Rubric
- Job Interview Journal Topics
- Think like a Boss! Handouts - to discuss "bad" and "good" responses.
- Warm-up Handouts
- Notes page for each question
- "Write your own" handout with specific directions to help guide students.
- "Final" answer handout
- Online interactive version! Copy + paste individual assignments for your Google classroom assignments! (directions included)
- Funny Youtube job interview clips
- Surprising and Unique Job Interview questions (sold separately here!
- "Most Likely to Be Hired" Certificate (also sold separately here)
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Background: I have taught job interviewing for the last 5 years at the high school level, namely to SDC students grades 9-12. Each year, I also sit in on 30+ teaching and personnel interviews as Department Coordinator for my school's Special Education Department.