Applications and Interviews
- Grades: 9–12
- Unit Plan:
Description: Students will practice completing a job application and participate in a mock interview.
The students will:
- Examine the “Dos and Don’ts” of completing a job application
- Exhibit appropriate behavior during a mock job interview
- Job Application printable (PDF) from Spell Well! 50 Quick, Fun-Filled Ways to Help Kids of All Learning Styles Masters Their Spelling Words and/or a variety of job applications from various local businesses.
- Career Portfolios and Resumes from Lesson One
- Writing paper/pencils
- Chart paper
- Transparency of a job application
- Overhead Projector
- Interview Questions Printable (PDF)
Set Up and Prepare
- Copy the Job Application printable for each student and/or collect a variety of job applications from various local businesses. Each Student should have two blank applications.
- Divide the class into groups of four students each.
- If you wish, send home a note informing parents that students will be involved in mock job interviews on a specified date, encouraging each to dress appropriately during that class period.
- On chart paper or transparency, write the following journal prompts for PartII:
- Describe five ideas, accomplishments, strengths, skills, or personal qualities that you think would best “sell” yourself to an employer.
- What are your personal skills and abilities, and how do they relate to a particular job? Write about specific examples of how you have used them.
- What are your weaknesses, and what steps are you taking to improve them?
- Describe your ideal work environment, which may include the kinds of companies and their philosophies, physical environment, types of people with who you work, amount of supervision, and types of responsibilities.
- Describe your educational background. How is it relevant to your desired job?
- Write the following Job Acquisition Descriptions on chart paper for Part II:
A. JOB AVAILABLE: Typist
EXPERIENCE: Office assistant at local high school
SKILLS: Typing, 60 wpm
EDUCATION: Business certificate
B. JOB AVAILABLE: Sales/Inventory Clerk
EXPERIENCE: Wal-Mart cashier and stock person
SKILLS: Good communicator, cash register operator
EDUCATION: High School Diploma
C. JOB AVAILABLE: Mechanic trainee
EXPERIENCE: Mechanic for Reliable Auto
SKILLS: Capable of completely overhauling or rebuilding most car engines
EDUCATION: Certificate in Auto Mechanics
PART I - APPLICATIONS
Step 1: Introduce this lesson by handing each student the Job Application Printable as they walk into the classroom. Instruct them to complete the application as though they were applying for a job right now. If they have a job, they may use that as a reference. If not, ask them to think about where they would like to work. Encourage them to use the information from their resumes and career portfolios to help them.
Step 2: Collect the applications. Ask students to assemble in their small groups. Redistribute the applications randomly, asking each team to critique them. The team should generate a list of positive aspects and suggestions for improvement for each application.
Step 3: Upon completion, ask each team to share their lists. Generate a discussion of common errors and ways to improve. Using the transparency, model a complete application. Make sure students understand the following list of “dos and don’ts.”
- Read the form thoroughly so that you put relevant information in appropriate sections
- Follow the instructions accurately (e.g. ink color, continuation sheets, block capitals)
- Answer the questions with evidence from your experience which demonstrates you
- Know what job involves
- Keep a copy of your form so that you can use it to prepare for an interview or complete other forms
- Write using active words and I/Me statements
- Put a positive emphasis on your experiences
- Leave any sections blank
- Write illegibly or cross things out
- Fail to research the employer and the type of work for which you are applying
- Leave gaps in your employment/study record
- Misspell words
Step 4: Explain that a standard application form is an opportunity for students to promote their achievements, experiences, and skills. Their aim should be to make connections between what they have done (at school or in other jobs) and the employer's description of their ideal applicant. They should provide examples of how they have used certain skills in a way that comes alive to the reader of the application. Briefly discuss appropriate ways to request an application in person or on the phone.
Step 5: Tell students that they will be completing another application for homework that will be graded and should incorporate the discussion of “Dos and Don’ts.” Display the Job Acquisition Descriptions Chart and ask students to select an imaginary job (A, B, or C) for which they will be applying. Instruct them to complete the application using the experience, skills and education listed on the chart. They will be using this application during their interview process within the next few days.
PART II – MOCK INTERVIEW
Distribute the blank application and Interview Questions printable for homework a few days before the mock interview, allowing students time to complete the application and practice their responses to the interview questions. Encourage students to dress appropriately for the interview and bring their career portfolio, resume, application, and Interview Questions printable to the interview.
Step 1: Begin the lesson by having students quietly journal their responses to any of the five prompts listed above. When finished, discuss student responses and appropriate ways to share these responses in an interview setting. Share with the students that they will be practicing the interview process today by participating in a mock interview.
Step 2: Ask students to find a partner. Each will portray an interviewer and interviewee and ask questions from their Interview Questions printable. Each student must have their completed application, resume, career portfolio, and Interview Questions printable available. Allow time for each student to role-play.
Step 3: Close the lesson by asking for volunteers to be interviewed by you in front of the class. Allow the audience to provide positive feedback and suggestions for improvement.
Supporting All Learners
Using paired settings during the mock interview encourages all students to practice in a less anxious environment.
Encourage students to compose a follow up letter to the interviewer using a word
processor. The letter should be neat, organized, grammatically correct, contain no misspellings, and be written in business format. The students should thank the employer for the interview, restate their qualifications, list their phone number and the times they may be contacted, write an appropriate closing, and sign the letter in longhand.
Conduct a Mock Interview using business representatives from the community.
- Complete a job application.
- Write a journal entry.
- Participate in a mock interview.
Do students understand interview etiquette? Do they feel equipped to complete a resume, a job application, and participate in an interview using their career portfolio?
Teacher Observation: Note how the students perform in the mock interview.
Written Outcome: Evaluate the completed job application.