Interviewing Skills

Educational Objective: The student will demonstrate an understanding of behaviors appropriate during an interview.
Language Arts Standard:
Listening, Speaking, Reading & Writing

• Identify Need
• Introductory Activity: Brainstorm types of interviews
• Define Steps and Sequences of Skill
1. Dress like you would for the job.
2. Look at the interviewer and address him by his formal name.
3. Follow tips on body language:
* Keep arms, legs, and feet relaxed and uncrossed. If you are wearing a jacket, open it up.
* Move within 6 to 8 feet of the interviewer. Lean slightly forward.
* Pay attention to the interviewer's manner. Is he talking slowly or quickly? Copy his affect.
4. Thank the person for the interview. "Thank you for considering me."
• Model the Skill
• Role Plays/Classroom Discussion
• Applications: 8th Grade "I-Search" Have student write a letter requesting an interview. OR Teacher may b ring in the Want Ads from the newspaper. Have the students write an email cover letter for their resume.
• Independent Uses

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Rubric for the Role Plays

Student (Speaker)____________________________ Student (Subject)____________________________

Date: _____________________
Observer's Name:___________________________________________

Observations: No Yes
Did the interviewee look well groomed?    
Did the interviewee dress appropriately for the job?    
Did the interviewee wait for the request to be seated?    
Did the interviewee maintain appropriate proximics and posture?    
Did the interviewee smile and behave responsively to questions?    
Did the interviewee have prior knowledge about the job or situation or company?    
Did the interviewee ask appropriate questions of the interviewer?
Did the interviewee thank the person for the interview?
Did the student provide the person with a resume or references (if appropriate)    

Additional Comments: _______________________________________________________________________


Additional Standards:

6th Grade
Reading Standards
1.5 Understand shades of meanings in related words.
2.7 Make reasonable assertions about a text through accurate, supporting citations

Speaking Applications:
2.4 Offer a logical sequence of information and engage the listener, foster an acceptance of an idea.

7th Grade
Reading Standards
2.1 Understand and analyze the differences in structure and purpose between various categories of informational materials.

Speaking Applications:
1.2 Determine a speakerís attitude toward a subject.
1.6 Use speaking techniques, including voice modulation , inflection, tempo, enunciation and eye contact for effective communication.

8th Grade
Reading Standards

Speaking Applications:
1.2 Paraphrase a speakerís purpose and point of view and ask relevant questions concerning the speakerís content, delivery and purpose.
1.3 Organize information to achieve particular purposes by matching the message, vocabulary, voice modulation, expression and tone to the audience and purpose.