The focus of the assessment for this unit is on interview skills. However, it is expected that the underpinning teaching and learning will help develop learners’ understanding of:
• the importance of preparing for an interview
• possible sources of information about a company or organisation and particular job roles
• the characteristics of effective performance at interview.
To help learners develop the skills they need to prepare for, participate in and review their performance in an interview.
Unit Learning Outcomes
Be able to prepare for an interview.
Use a range of sources to build own knowledge of the employer or place of work and the job role or placement.
Devise questions likely to be asked at an interview and prepare responses which show self in positive light.
Identify previous experiences which could be used to illustrate skills, qualities or experience relevant to the job role or placement.
Prepare questions to ask at the interview to find out information beyond that in material already provided by the employer (e.g. in the job advert or description).
Be able to present self positively at an interview
Arrive to interview punctually, appropriately presented, and in accordance with employer’s invitation.
Introduce self at the interview location, making clear purpose of visit.
Demonstrate positive interpersonal skills during interview.
Provide full detailed responses to questions asked by the interviewer.
Seek clarification and/or ask questions of interviewer at appropriate points, demonstrating understanding of and interest in the role.
Be able to review own performance in an interview.
Describe aspects of own interview performance that what went well and where improvements are needed, giving reasons for own judgements.
Suggest ways of improving own performance in a future interview.