Students will watch and analyze a pre-recorded interview

Students will watch and analyze a pre-recorded interview

Students will watch and analyze a pre-recorded interview and write an analysis essay about it, incorporating course concepts. After watching the interview and taking notes, identify 2–3 strengths (things that went well) and 2–3 weaknesses (things that could be improved)

Students will watch and analyze a pre-recorded interview and write an analysis essay about it, incorporating course concepts. After watching the interview and taking notes, identify 2–3 strengths (things that went well) and 2–3 weaknesses (things that could be improved) in the interview. The strengths and weaknesses you choose could be related to either the interviewer or the interviewee, or both.

Technical Details  Papers should be in APA format. I recommend you use the “APA Style Paper” template available in Microsoft Word.  You may use 12-point Times New Roman or 11-point Calibri Light font. The paper should be at least three pages, but not more than four pages, excluding the title page and references. An abstract should not be included. You should have at least four in-text citations (or at least one per body paragraph), and you should have at least two sources on your references page. All should be correctly cited in APA format. No outside research is required, but you are expected to cite any sources you use, whether they are course materials or additional sources you find online. The Interview Video The interview is a recording of a mock Skype interview for a receptionist position at a company called Broadreach, which offers study abroad-like experiences for middle school, high school, and college students. The citation information (and link) to the interview you should analyze is provided below.

JobCo Training. (2012). Sample Job Interview Video [YouTube Video]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3rVMDGiDHU Writing the Paper Introduction In the introduction, you should give your overall impression of the interview. Did the interviewee seem knowledgeable about the position? About the company? Did he seem qualified for the position? Did he seem motivated about the position? Did he have the type of personality you would expect a receptionist at such a company to have? The thesis statement should incorporate the strengths and weaknesses you identify in your body paragraphs.

Body Paragraphs Your body paragraphs should be set up in “PIES” format. You should have four to six body paragraphs, one for each strength or weakness you address. Point: The point (or topic) sentence should identify the strength or weakness you are addressing in that paragraph. Ex. The first strength is that the interviewee does an excellent job of answering questions using the STAR method. Information: The information (or evidence) should be a few sentences that describe the strength or weakness in greater detail; this is your cited material. Ex. The STAR method refers to answering behavioral-based interview questions by describing the situation, task, action, and result achieved (Lundsteen & Kuss, 2017, pp. 206–207). Evidence: The evidence will be details from the interview that illustrate an example (good or bad) of the information you provided. Be as clear and specific as possible.

Significance: The significance should be your assessment of the strength or weakness, based on the information you cited (course topic) and the evidence you provided. It should also describe why the evidence is a strength or weakness. 

 Example PIE Paragraph (Note that this is NOT based on the interview video)

The first strength is that the interviewee does an excellent job of answering questions using the STAR method. [Point] The STAR method refers to answering behavioral-based interview questions by describing the situation, task, action, and result achieved (Lundsteen & Kuss, 2017, pp. 206–207). [Information] In the interview, the interviewee answers the question “Describe a time when you had to resolve a difficult a situation” by first explaining the situation, which was when two coworkers both thought the other was going to place the copy paper order. Then, he described the task by saying that it was his job to figure out how to resolve the issue (get the order placed) and make sure that this responsibility is clear in the future. The action he took was delegating the first coworker to place the order right away, and then assigned that coworker to place future orders. The second coworker agreed to place orders in the absence of the first. The result was that future orders were placed correctly and on time, without any miscommunication. [Evidence] This shows that the interviewee successfully answered the question following the STAR method, which is a definite strength, because it tells the answer like a story, making it easier for the interviewer to understand. [Significance] Possible areas to address in the body paragraphs may include, but are not limited to:

How well the interviewee introduced himself (elevator pitch and impromptus) The types of questions asked by the interviewer How the interviewee answered questions The nonverbal communication expressed by the interviewee The nonverbal communication expressed by the interviewer Did the interviewee seem well prepared for the interview? Does the interviewee seem like he would be a good fit for the position (or for the company)? Conclusion Your conclusion should give your assessment, based on what we learned in class and your overall assessment of the strengths and weaknesses, of whether the interviewee would be a good candidate for the job.

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