CTS0017 Web Interactivity
Let’s start watching the video (12 minutes).
The concept of “try before you buy” is never more evident in interviewing than in job simulations or in-box exercises.
By putting you to the test and having you actually perform in the job with mock assignments frequently termed “job simulations” or “in-box exercises,” an employer can gain a strong sense of whether you can walk the talk and be a talented employee.
You should be excited by this opportunity because you do not have to be a good interviewee. Rather, you just have to be good at what you do.
It will be important that you work toward honing your ability to provide optimal performance, follow directions, exercise smart decision-making and prioritization skills, and meet the assigned goals in the time provided.
Most often a simulation can involve answering a series of emails and/or phone calls relevant to the targeted position.
The best strategy is for you to request access to company policy and procedures and/or a job manual before beginning (if available). Then, use a strong dose of common sense when you are unsure of how to respond to an issue, take good and thorough notes, and make record of important data.
Lastly, even if you do something wrong, it doesn’t have to signify the end of the opportunity for you. Stay open to the feedback that is provided to you, even taking notes and asking questions.
I can personally attest to failing miserably at my first job interview as a desktop publisher because I had never used the software the company used. However, I was eager, open-minded, took those notes, and asked questions. They realized I could learn a program with all the others I already knew, and hired me anyway!
So, don’t give up when things seem to go wrong! Remember, employers frequently hire people they like and who they believe will fit in over those who are a perfect technical fit but not a personality fit.
About the author... Laura DeCarlo is recognized as the career industry’s ‘career hero’ making a difference to both job seekers and career professionals as the founder of Career Directors International. She possesses 11 top-level certifications in resume writing, career coaching, and career management; 7 first place resume and job placement awards; and has written three books on interviewing and job search including Interview Pocket RX, Interviewing: The Gold Standard, Resumes for Dummies,and Job Search Bloopers. Follow Laura on Google+ and Twitter at @careerhero.
Go to the Interview Simulator, listen carefully and choose the 10 questions that have seemed more complicated for you, analyze them and answer them in a Word Document and send it to your instructor via email.
Now that you’ve finished your interview simulation, it’s time to prepare for the real thing. For this assignment you will write an email requesting a mock interview with the Career Advisor.
- Your email should include the following:
- Professional business writing.
(A proper greeting, good grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc.)
- An explanation for your email.
(what you are requesting and why)
- What days/times you’re available to meet.
- Make sure to attach a copy of your resume to the email.
- Professional business writing.
- Print examples of your best work.
- Print resume, at least two copies.
- Carry professional-looking portfolio.
- Business interview dress.
- Be confident in yourself and your work.
In order to learn how to write a professional cover letter (email) and resume, Go to jobsearch.org to follow the course.
Also you can read professional mails.htm
Send your email interview request to Mrs. Odette Almestica with COPY to your Instructor. Once you’ve scheduled your appointment, here’s what you can expect:
- Treat the mock interview as you would treat a REAL job interview
- Arrive on-time. Better yet, get there a few minutes early.
- Come dressed professionally. www.forbes.com/interview attire
- Bring a paper copy of your resume and be sure to include a link to your portfolio.
- Be prepared to answer a variety of questions. (Topics could include: specific questions about the web design and development process, your work history, ability to work well with others, how you handle pressure and work-related stress.)
- Finally, be open to hearing feedback. At the end of the interview the Career Advisor will go over your answers and provide helpful suggestions for improvement.
Researching about job interviews?
- How to Handle Telephone Interviews
- How to Handle Videoconference Interviews
- How to Handle Lunch Interviews
- How to Handle Auditions / Group Interviews
- How to Handle Puzzle Interviews
- How to Handle Speed Interviews
- How to Handle Fortune 500 Behavioral Interview
- How to Handle Chronological In-Depth Structured (CIDS) Interviews
- How to Handle Internal Interviews
- How to Answer the Common Job Interview Questions
- Smart Answers to Common Job Interview Questions – from the recruiter’s perspective
- Sending Your Job Interview Thank You – with samples thank you notes and emails
- Successful Job Interviews – free Job-Hunt eBook
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