Module 6: The Interview: Getting Your Foot in the Door

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Teaches students job skills and that the interview starts the moment you walk in the door and the importance of first impressions.

Module 6 was originally developed as a stand-alone curriculum. Due to its relevancy, it is now an essential part of First Job Survival Skills. The three parts focus on crucial job interview skills and what your students can do to prepare for a positive self-presentation when they first meet the boss—how to guarantee they’ll get their foot in the door. This module is narrated by Ken Allen, a successful job applicant. Ken tells of his experiences of being rejected for job after job even though he was well qualified for several of them. After examining how he was presenting himself and becoming aware of several mistakes he was making throughout the job interview process, Ken finally landed the job he wanted. His narration points out mistakes he made and how your students can avoid making the same ones.

Part 1: The Interview Starts in the Front Office

This part emphasizes how the interview begins before most applicants ever set eyes on the boss—in the front office. How a prospective employee treats staff during the waiting period definitely influences hiring decisions. Teach your students that being overly personal, superior, agitated, fidgety, unprepared or late are often reported to the boss and can create a negative image before they get a chance to showcase their skills and qualifications for the job.

Part 2: Winning the Interview

Body language, presenting a positive attitude and expressing enthusiasm and respect are the most important things you can communicate to a boss in the initial job interview. In this segment, your students will see several of the most common mistakes nervous interviewees can make during an interview. These mistakes include voicing more concern over vacation and benefits than the actual job, being overly personal with the boss, showing signs of disinterest or sleepiness, asking the boss to rearrange the schedule of the job, talking too much about irrelevant matters, and appearing nervous and fidgety.

Part 3: Appearance Really Counts

A job interview should be considered a special occasion. Students will understand that appropriate clothing, grooming, and makeup are essential. This segment outlines for students the basics of coordinating conservative clothing that will signal to a prospective boss that they are serious, mature and ready for the professional world.




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