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Interview Skills 3

Communication

Interview Skills- Answering Questions

Lesson Plan

Objective: 

Participants will be able to practise answering different interview questions 

  • Questions About You

  • Questions About Salary expectations

  • Questions About Your Qualifications

Total Time: 90 Minutes

Material required: 

White board and marker

Instructor Note:

After learning how to present information about self in the interview, participants will now learn how to answer the interviewer’s questions. Spontaneity, confidence, clarity of thoughts, articulation and self-awareness will help students perform better in the interviews. This session should give them a chance to practise answering some common interview questions.

Opening Protocol:

  • Greet the participants

  • Take attendance

  • In pairs, ask participants to share with each other how they are feeling

  • Recap the previous session by asking 1-2 participants to share with the class, what they learnt and did in the previous session

5 Minutes

Opening Activity:

  • Ask, “during an interview how should you answer the following:

    • Questions About You

    • Questions About Salary

    • Questions About Your Qualifications

    • Interview Questions About Your experience/ Resume”

  • Take few responses

  • Explain-

A good answer to these questions will be to the point, bringing in your strengths and your work history and a bad answer will be too long, talking too much about your personal life and not at all about anything related to this job. In every answer you should find a way to tell the interviewer something good about you

  • Tell the learners that in this session they will be practising how to answer questions about their skills, experience and interests during an interview. 

10 Minutes

Activity 1: Good and Bad Answers

  • Make groups of 4 through a number drill and ask learners to sit with their groups.

  • Give 15 minutes to each group and ask them to write a good answer and a bad answer for the following questions:

    • Tell me about yourself?

    • What are you expecting in terms of your salary?

    • What are your qualifications?

    • Tell me about a successful experience you had on a job/internship?

    • Can you walk me through your resume?

  • Students can use a handbook to write these answers

  • Signal the start of the activity and assist struggling candidates 

  • Make a note of any common errors encountered 

  • Signal the end of the activity after 15 minutes and call the entire group back together for the debrief.

  • Ask each group to share their answers for each question. Note some unique answers on the board and discuss them

30 Minutes

Activity 2: 

  • Ask learners to remain in the groups that did the previous activity. 

  • Each group is going to create a panel of 3 interviewers and 1 interviewee. 

  • The panel will call one interviewee at a time and they will have to introduce themselves followed by answering the following questions:

    • Tell me about yourself

    • What are you expecting in terms of your salary?

    • What are your qualifications?

    • Tell about a successful experience you had on a job.

    • Can you walk me through your resume?

  • The panel will score each candidate on the following points from 1-5.

    • Confidence

    • Body Language 

    • Greeting and introduction

    • Answer to ‘Tell me about yourself’

    • Answer to ‘What are you expecting in terms of your salary?’

    • Answer to ‘What are your qualifications?’

    • Answer to ‘Tell us about a successful experience you had on a job.’

    • Answer to  ‘Can you walk me through your resume?’

    • Connection established between Skills, interests and experience.

  • Give them 20 minutes for this activity.

  • Signal the start of the activity  

  • Make a note of any common errors encountered 

  • Signal the end of the activity after all groups have completed the simulation 

  • Ask each group to share their answers for each question. Pick the best answer and write that on the board- 

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Group Number

Best Answer

Group A

__________________________

__________________________

40 Minutes

Closing Protocol: 

  • Thank the participants for their time

  • Announce the next time you will be visiting them

  • Share the topic of the next session

  • Collect 1-2 most interesting activity sheets/artefacts from students and show to Nodal officer and institution head after session

  • Click pictures of the artefacts for documentation

5 Minutes