Lesson Plan - Get It!
“Talent will get you in the door, but character will keep you in the room” (Unknown). Many job interviewers make the decision about whether to hire you within the first 90 seconds after they meet you. First impressions do matter when it comes to interviewing! Today you will learn what it takes to ace that interview!
What is your favorite scary movie?
What are you most afraid of?
A job interview can seem scary to some people, but it’s a lot less scary when you are prepared.
Today’s lesson will teach you how to prepare for an interview.
What is an interview? It's a meeting between an employer and job applicant to discuss possible employment. An interview can be face-to-face or over the phone. It is a chance for the employer to see if you would be a good fit for the company, as well as a chance to see if the company would be a good fit for you.
Now that you know what an interview is, let's learn how to prepare for an interview:
- Spend time thinking about who you are, why you want this job, and why they should hire you.
- Figure out what your strengths and weaknesses are.
- Figure out why you decided to pursue this career field in the first place, why this particular job is right for you, and why this company is right for you.
- Clarify what your goals are.
- Figure out what makes you special and unique — what you bring to the table that other candidates may not.
- Figure out why you are the BEST person for this job.
- You’ll have to answer questions about all these things during the interview.
Research the company
- At the very least, you should be familiar with the information on the job description, and the information on the company’s website.
- Also, talk to current employees if you can, search for articles written about the company, etc.
- Once you’ve done your research, prepare the questions you want to ask the employer.
Know the standard questions and be prepared to answer them
- You may still get an off-the-wall question you weren’t prepared for, but if you seem surprised by a standard question, you’ll give away the fact that you didn’t prepare well.
- Some of the most common questions and how to answer them are discussed in the Got It? section.
Practice, practice, practice!
- Print out lists of sample questions and have your friends and family ask them to you.
- The more practice you get, the better you’ll do at the actual interview.
- Take a look at a few sample Interviewing Questions (Scholastic.com) and questions you should ask employers.
- Remember, employers like it when you ask them questions, too!
Review the Dos and Don'ts of Job Interviewing found in Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.
Once you understand the interview process, continue on to the Got It? section to watch a mock interview.
(Adapted from career.boisestate.edu)