Writing

Interview Questions (due this week)

Below you will find a list of potential interview questions. It is possible that you could be asked some of these exact questions during an interview. Choose 7 questions from Group A and 3 questions from Group B, for a total of 10. Your responses to the questions in Group B should have three parts. Respond to these using Martucci Lamarre’s (2006) B.A.R. (background, action(s), results) framework (p. 124). Respond to the questions as you would during an interview and provide as complete an answer as possible for each one.

Group A: Standard Questions (Choose 7 questions from this group, from p. 121).

  • Tell me something about yourself.
  • Why should I hire you?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why are you applying for this position?
  • How are you qualified for this position?
  • Why are you interested in working for our firm?
  • What can you contribute to this company?
  • What are your short-term goals?
  • What are your long-term goals?

Group B: Behavior-Based Questions (Choose 3 questions from this group, from p. 124).

  • Tell me about a difficult situation you dealt with when supervising others. What did you do, and what were the results?
  • Describe a time when you had to use your best oral communication skills. What was the situation, and what was the outcome?
  • Describe a time when you had to adjust to change. How did you cope?
  • Explain a role you filled as a group or team member.
  • We all face disappointments in life. Tell me about a time when you had to handle disappointment or rejection.
  • Describe a situation that required you to show initiative.
  • Tell me about a time when someone made an unreasonable request of you. How did you react, and what happened?
  • Describe a time when you were most frustrated or discouraged in reaching your objectives or goals. How did it turn out?
  • Describe the last time that you did something that went beyond what was expected in work or school.
  • Tell me about a difficult challenge or problem you’ve faced and how you handled it.

The grading rubric for this assignment is available in Doc Sharing. Be sure to proofread and spell check your work before you submit it.

The grading rubric is also available below:

Criteria that Submitted Assignment Meets Total Points Possible for Assignment
Award 10 points for appropriate responses to each question. Deduct up to 2 points per question for spelling and grammatical errors.  100

Portfolio: Final (due this week)

Based on feedback from the draft version of your portfolio, make any changes you feel are appropriate and submit them to the Dropbox. For information on content, please see the Week 2 Assignments page.

The grading rubric for this assignment is available in Doc Sharing. Be sure to proofread and spell check your work before you submit it.

The grading rubric is also available below:

Criteria that Submitted Assignment Meets Total Points Possible for Assignment
 

All required content is present, the portfolio is logically organized and very visually appealing. Deduct up to 5 points for spelling and grammatical errors.

 90-100
 

Most required content is present, portfolio is logically organized and visually appealing. Deduct up to 5 points for spelling and grammatical errors.

 75-89
 

Some required content is present, the portfolio is logically organized and visually appealing. Deduct up to 5 points for spelling and grammatical errors.

 60-74
 

Little required content is present; poorly organized; little visual appeal. Deduct up to 5 points for spelling and grammatical errors.

 0-59

A rubric with suggested point allocation is available in Doc Sharing. Point allocation remains at the discretion of the instructor.

Informational Interview (due in Week 8)

As part of your job search preparation, you will plan for, conduct, and compile notes for an Informational Interview with someone working in your target career field.

The assignment template and grading rubric for this assignment are available in Doc Sharing. This assignment is due at the end of Week 8.

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