Module: Web-enabled Interview Simulation
Our interview simulation exercise follows this flow:
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motorcycleStep 1: Job Posting
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motorcycleStep 3: Website Prep
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motorcycleSetp 5: THE INTERVIEW
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Module Hamburger Guide
A one-page, two column learning guide with questions that drive to the heart of the matter.
- Thoroughly prepare for a tech-related job interview by outlining stories and anticipating commonly asked questions
- Valiantly engage in an interview simulation
- Reflect on interview performance and create a TODO list for future interviews
Module Core Concepts
Concept 1: Be a prepared interview spy!
Prepare! Use the magic of the interwebs to do solid interview prep-work: What is the potential employer "all about"? What questions do you think will be asked?
Many lists and articles exist about the interview process and common questions. Use the cloud diagram below the screen capture to categorize a dozen or so seemingly meaningful interview questions using these sources.
Recreate categories of questions in your notes as you review questions from the internet sources you found above. Connect the questions you find with one of the clouds.
Concept 2: Interview with fully-baked stories
Tell stories during interviews: we can connect best with stories since they have "characters" and a mini-plot. We can fully bake stories for interviews by finishing them strong: explain why your story was relevant. Connect your skills to the organization's needs.
Step 1: Scour Job Posting
Visit one of the many job posting sites. Search for categories of jobs that are both "good fit" jobs given your current skill set and "reach" jobs that are interesting posts to consider as you plan the rest of your education.
- Indeed.com is one of the most widely used, general job posting sites
- Monster.com's IT job listing has 1000+ results. Check other categories too.
- Tech-focused websites often also have their own job posting boards which are valuable to read through since they are drawing a different company mix than indeed.com, etc. Check out github's job board, for example.
Sample job postings--highlighted and annotated:
Systems analyst job posting: Independent work emphasized
Step 2: Application Preparation
Acquire or print a copy of the Generic Job Application. Complete this form for the job posting you chose in Step 1
Download an EDITABLE version of the Generic Job Application. Complete this form for the job posting you chose in Step 1
- With your chosen job posting and the application document side-by-side, consider each question carefully and build your best responses.
- You'll provide this document to your peers conducting the interview
Step 3: Prepare your website for presenting
Review your profile website and consider any of the following changes:
- Add some description of work experiences that are relevant to the job posting you chose
- Add links to any technologies you are learning to use (HTML, CSS, Excel, etc.)
- Include screen shots or links to work products that relate to your interests or work experience
- Check to make sure you have used professional language throughout your site
- Remove any images that you have not personally taken or are explicitly licensed for creative reuse -- such as the wikimedia commons
Once your site is updated, upload it to your dedicated server space on the CCAC Apache server. Ask a friend for help if you cannot do so using the linked guide.
Step 4: Prepare for the interview
Now that your application is complete, work through your interview prep form which is on the rear of your Hamburger!
Consider the following guidelines
- Plan stories and answers out by trying to say them out loud to yourself, or to a partner. You'll be saying this stuff to interviewers soon enough, so make your practice as realistic as possible.
- Consider the most likely questions to be asked during the interview and include them in your thinking
Step 5: Have the interview
Interviews are conducted by two peers at a time. Follow this protocol:
- Divide into groups of three
- Number each person 1-3
- Person 3 gives the application and posting to persons 1 and 2 and leaves the room. When 1 and 2 are ready, go fetch person 3. Shake hands, etc. You're acting!
- Person 1 and 2 will interview person 3. Person 1 is the lead interviewer.
- Once the interview for person 3 is concluded, the interviewers should write notes in the "for office use only" section of the job application and the rear of the document. The interviewee will see this.
- Rotate so that now person 2 is interviewed by persons 1 and 3, with 3 as the lead interviewer
- Repeat process above
- Rotate so now person 1 is interviewed by persons 2 and 3, with 2 as the lead
Step 6: Evaluate performance
Reflect on your interview performance by completing the right hand side of your hamburger
DON'T FORGET TO COMPLETE THE HAMBURGER!