Students created a portfolio for a mock interview yet they still lacked confidence in interviewing and would sometimes forget to include information they practiced.
Through observation and discussion, 1/13 students(.7%) used their portfolio to obtain success. I want students to feel more confident when interviewing.
In Fall of 2018, students included a "cheat sheet' into their portfolio with specific examples for responses to behavioral questions. We practiced prior to the mock interview event and students gained confidence when using the sheet to respond to interview questions.
There was an increase of students that utilized the cheat sheet during the mock interview. After a self- assessment, 100% 8 out of 8 of the students shared this addition eased their stress level and they felt more prepared than if they did not have the cheat sheet. All 8 students,100%, stated they planned to bring it to future job interviews.
I plan to have the students continue to add this sheet to their portfolio in not only my CPD 104 course but the CPD 150 course as well.
CPD 104 is a Career & Personal Development course. Students prepare for a Mock Interview event to learn how to acquire a career with a successful interview. A career portfolio is an assignment my students complete prior to the Mock Interview. Students would have their portfolios but use it only to give a copy of their resume. Students would also reflect afterwards that they recalled an example they forgot to share when nervous. For fall 2018, I included a cheat sheet into the portfolio, a typed document that has examples for behavioral questions. We discussed not to be afraid to open the portfolios and look at their cheat sheet examples when needed. On the day of the event, 6 out of 8 (75%) of the students reviewed the cheat sheet. 2 out of 8 (25%) answered the questions without using it. After a self- assessment, all 8 students,100%, stated it eased their stress level and felt more prepared than if they did not have it. 100% of the students (8/8) stated they plan to bring it to future job interviews. Next semester I plan to use this for all of my CPD courses.