Career Preparation // Professionalism
Interview Practice

This activity allows students to practice interview techniques in small groups.

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Turn to the handout, Interview Practice. In your group of 3, each person will assume the role of either the interviewer (adult), the interviewee (student), or the observer.  The interviewer and interviewee will play out the scene in the handout while the observer fills out the rubric. As time allows, switch roles and play out the scene again until you have a chance to play each role.

Teacher Notes

Divide class into groups of 3. Ask them to turn to the Interview Practice handout. They will rotate between these three roles for as long as time allows: interviewer (adult), interviewee (student), and observer. Observers will use the Mock Interview Rubric.

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The purpose of this task is for students to demonstrate proficiency in a professional interview. This should be seen as an opportunity to practice demonstrate professionalism and interviewing. The purpose of a “mock” interview is to provide students with clear expectations for success and provide him/her with feedback prior to a “real” interview for a job, internship, etc.