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Course Description

Preparing for your job interview could very well be one of the most important moments of your career. Landing the perfect job can be a challenge, but with the determination and passion you will need to begin a successful career, you can easily overcome this challenge, and bring a lot of valuable experience with you to the next interview if you don't get the job. 

Just a little preparation and thought ahead of time can have wondrous effects on your interviewing skills. This course will go over the issues and provide an in-depth analysis of the interviewing process. With some independent practice, this course can help you prepare successfully for any job interview!

Topics will include:
Common Interview Questions

What Employers Want

Attitude and Effort
Body Language

Research

The Mock Interview

Phone Interviews

Behavioral Interviews

Closing the Interview

Thank You Notes

 
Preparing for your job interview could very well be one of the most important moments of your career. Landing the perfect job can be a challenge, but with the determination and passion you will need to begin a successful career, you can easily overcome this challenge, and bring a lot of valuable experience with you to the next interview if you don't get the job. Just a little preparation and thought ahead of time can have wondrous effects on your interviewing skills. We will go over the issues and go into an in-depth analysis of the interviewing process. With some independent practice, this course can help you prepare successfully for any job interview! You can use your judgment to decide which things you would like to spend more time on, but make sure you can pass the quizzes at the end of each lesson!

Important Aspects of the Job Interview

Passion is the most important factor in landing the job that you desire. We do not believe that you can fake passion, so we will forego any advice relating to this.

Passion is what will motivate you to succeed in the job and passion is what you need in order to endure the long hours and problems that will arise in the future, if you get the job. If you have no passion for this position, you might as well move onto something that you will enjoy more. We don't advise working at a job that will make you miserable, or even a job that is lackluster. Settle for the best, most desirable position and focus all your energy on that instead of spreading yourself across multiple opportunities that, in the end, prove less fulfilling.

So, if you don't fake your passion, you need to bring up times in your past experience that indicate a deep passion for your work. Also, a passion for true excellence and a true desire to constantly improve are pretty much universally employable traits. You also show passion through your behavior and interest in the company. Again, the best advice we have for you is to be genuinely interested in the company that you are applying to. The second most important element to a successful interview is simply your attitude about the position, the company, and life in general. With a brilliant, positive and enthusiastic attitude you can outshine other candidates with a higher education level, more experience, or anyone otherwise more qualified than you are.

Your attitude is what employers will look at after all the fuss about experience and education comes into play. This is what distinguishes you from the "average Joes" and determines if you will make the cut or be dismissed. There are usually many other people who are capable of doing basically the same job, especially when you are talking entry level positions. Do you think it is the school you went to that stands out in the mind of the employer after they have interviewed, say, 15 or 20 different people?

So...Why is Attitude so Important?

Most large companies have enough people who are qualified on paper, but they are operating at around 40% to 50% efficiency. These companies would rather have someone who works well with others, brags less but acts more, and operates at a much higher efficiency because they have the right values--improvement, enthusiasm, and cooperation.

What most hiring managers look for are a winning attitude, the way your present yourself, and the way you can communicate that is through your interview. Don't be shy--include all your past achievements and if you aren't sure of how to communicate these things, just say it bluntly and back up your statement with examples such as "I have a passion for excellence," or, "I'm always striving to do my very best and I strive to awaken the same thing in others." Of course, don't lie about these things. Mention projects in the past where you have beaten deadlines, found creative solutions, made a difference by putting in extra effort, or some other example. If you don't feel you have any of these examples, closely analyze the times in your life when you have felt a sense of pride, or felt very connected with your work or what you were doing at the time.


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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Prepare for the interview.
  • Know common interview questions and questions to ask your future employer.
  • Describe what employers want.
  • Know proper attitude and effort employers are looking for.
  • Describe body language and its impact on the interview.
  • Research the company before doing the interview.
  • Demonstrate the mock interview.
  • Describe what to expect on phone interviews.
  • Describe behavioral interviews.
  • Know how to properly close the interview.
  • Send thank-you notes and follow-up emails, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 
 

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Lesson 1: Interview Preparation

Just a little preparation and thought ahead of time can have wondrous effects on your interviewing skills. This course can help you prepare successfully for any job interview! 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Take Control!; The Ultimate Guide to Interview Preparation
  • Take Poll: Course Expectations
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Take Stock of Your Accomplishments
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Common Interview Questions + Questions to Ask Your Employer

Interview questions can be tricky and downright frustrating at times. If you are caught off guard, you are bound to stumble and probably look more than a little dumbfounded. 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Job Interview Questions
  • Take Poll: Interview Questions
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Preparing Your Answers
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: What Employers Want

Depending on what position you are applying for, an employer could be looking for a multitude of different traits. 47 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Questions Not to Ask in an Interview; Skills Employers Look For; Skills Most Sought After by Employers
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment: Sizing up Your Skills
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Attitude & Effort

Your attitude is the single most important factor in you getting a job. If you have a poor attitude, employers will be immediately turned off by you, and that isn't something most people want. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Attitude and Mood; Career Success for Newbies
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Assessing Your Attitude
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Body Language

The way you sit up and the way you stand; what you do with your arms, legs, hands, how you hold your head, position of your body compared to another person: all of these things communicate something about yourself and your attitude. 23 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Assessing Your Body Language
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Research

The job market can be a tough place, so a little research pays off more than other, harder things you can do in the meantime. 32 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Researching Companies Online
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment: Conducting Research
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: The Mock Interview

The mock interview can be a challenge to get organized and prepared for, but complete a video-taped mock interview with a career counselor/specialist, and you've got one of the best interview tactics available to you. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Mock Interview Checklist; Mock Interviews
  • Take Poll: Mock Interviews
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Preparing for a Mock Interview
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Phone Interviews

Preparing for a phone interview is similar to preparing for a normal, in-person interview, but more weight is placed upon organization and written information. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: Phone Interview Success
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Phone Interview Practice
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Behavioral Interviews

Behavioral interviewers ask you questions based on your past experience. You will be analyzed, picked apart; the interviewer will try pretty much anything to catch you in a lie. 33 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions; Behavioral Interviews
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Prepping for the Behavioral Interview
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Closing the Interview

Closing the interview is the best time to hit the interviewer with all you've got. This is the perfect time to get in one last word that will help you stand out from the crowd--try to mention something interesting about yourself that somehow relates to yo 30 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: Coming up with your Close
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Thank You Notes & Follow-Ups

Effective interview follow-up does require a little assessment. Think back to each interview you participated in; then ask yourself some questions about the interview and how it went. 79 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Write a Thank You Letter; Thank You Letters
  • Take Poll: Let us know what you think of this course
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Writing a Thank You Letter
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
421
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Interview Skills
Course Number: 8900101
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Student Testimonials

  • "I think every single topic of this course it was extremely helpful to my needs. I never had to interview for the last 24 years therefore the course was just perfect." -- Alma H.
  • "I found the entire course useful. It was a big help to write answers out that employers ask. It was also helpful to have a list of questions to ask an employer." -- Beverly D.
  • "Everything was helpful. It's been years since I've interviewed for a job and this course helped me understand what employers are looking for today should I lose my current job. The instructor was knowledgeable and presented excellent material." -- Dorothy D.
  • "The behavioral interview was most helpful. It seems that this is now the biggest part interviewing today. The video segment that reads the lesson. Having the lesson read aloud made the entire course seem much more like an in person class rather than a dry read." -- Steve S.
  • "It's been many years since I've had to interview for jobs. With the current low economy and high unemployment, I definitely had to update my skills and knowledge about current procedures to be successful. This class has positively provided this advantage, and I feel much more confident to outshine the average candidates to get that job! Thank you for your encouragement, Susan!" -- Lauren B.
  • "Course is very interesting and helpful. The instructor is cooperative." -- Neha B.
  • "The whole course was helpul. There was a lot of insightful information." -- Barbara E.
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