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The Art of Interviewing for a Job

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Self Paced Open Education Resource

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Course Description:

The interview may be the most important step in successfully landing a job How you present yourself during the interview and what impression you make on the hiring manager may determine your prospects of getting the job offer.

This course will walk you through the interview process and give you insights and the confidence to position yourself as the best candidate in any job interview. It starts with the basic communications principles to follow and how to handle yourself during the job interview. The next several sessions provide examples with role play, commonly asked questions by the hiring managers and what questions you may ask of the interviewer.

Remember: the real key to success is Practice… Practice… Practice.

Course Sessions:
  • Job Interview Training in less than ten minutes
  • Content Author(s):

    Session Description:

    About the accompanying handouts:

    Handout number #1 - Provides an overview of the job interview techniques.

    "Interviews are designed to address three important issues: (1) to assess your qualifications; (2) to evaluate your personal qualities and attributes and determine if you are a good fit for the position; and (3) to answer your questions about the company or job."

    Handouts #2 and #3 - The 10 most common job interview questions are listed.

    1. Tell us a little about yourself
    2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    4. Why have you applied for this position?
    5. What do you know about us?
    6. Why did you leave your last job?
    7. Why should we hire you?
    8. What did you like and dislike most in your last position?
    9. What have been the most significant accomplishments in your career so far?
    10. What are the most important things to you in your life and your career?

    The handouts suggest a general approach to handling these questions and show Illustrative answers for each.

    This session with its video lecture and the 4 handouts is interview process in a nutshell. The rest of the sessions elaborate on this
    by role play and by showing examples of specific topics of the over-all process.

  • Role Play: Job interview techniques that work
  • Content Author(s): Job testprep

    Session Description:

    Learn how to ace an interview with simulations of the real interview situations.

    "Creating great first impression": project confidence, firm handshake, sitting posture, smile

    "Tell me some thing about yourself": talk about your accomplishments and work-related personality traits, not your biography keep it consistent with your resume

    "Tell me some of your weaknesses": talk about some (small and specific) things you could have done better in the past and how you learned to overcome your shortcoming

    "What did you like most about your previous job?": show that you appreciated your previous job and reflect it in a positive light: I liked the team, I liked the inter-office competition ....

    Again the key is the commitment to improve your interviewing style and the effort you put in rehearsing what you see.

    The handout for this session shows some techniques for reducing or overcoming the job interview anxiety. It is adapted from "NonProfit Times Jobs" by Dr. Mahendra Pratap.

  • Things a hiring manager wants to know about you
  • Content Author(s): J.T. O'Donnell

    Session Description:

    J.T. O'Donnell explains three things you should share with a hiring manager when you meet them for the first time.

    In the accompanying handout, a CNN article from career builders talks about top 10 things, the employers look for in a candidate.

  • How to answer the question 'tell me about yourself'
  • Content Author(s): Cat Miller from

    Session Description:

    Its smart to think ahead about answering what seems to be a simple question. Go on too long, ramble too much, and suddenly you lost the shine you have been trying to present to the person you hope is going to be your manager.

  • Questions to ask the hiring manager
  • Content Author(s): CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O'Donnell

    Session Description:

    CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O'Donnell shares the four C's and a total of eight questions designed to ensure you ask the right questions on an interview.

    These questions make a great impression on the hiring manager, give you a realistic look at the company's strengths and weaknesses, and even help you learn on-the-spot what the interviewer thinks of you as a candidate for the job

  • Questions not to ask during the interview
  • Content Author(s): John Nahanni, Job Shopper

    Session Description:

    10 questions to never ask on a job interview if you still want to secure a job offer.

  • Test your knowledge of interview skills
  • Content Author(s): Dr. Mahendra Pratap

    Session Description:

    These are relatively simple questions designed to refresh what you have heard and seen in this class. Every situation is different, and you may have to adjust your answers accordingly.

    Check if there is something that you need to revise again!

  • Want to know more: here are some great resources
  • Content Author(s): Dr. Mahendra Pratap

    Session Description:

    Congratulations for completing the class! You are well on your way to ace any job interview.

    In case, you want to know more about end-to-end job interview process or details of a special topic,, here are some great resources including a site for further testing your interview skills.


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