It’s not cheating! Win the interview with a cheat sheet in your Career Portfolio..

Submitted by Monica Buensuceso on
What is the Purpose of the Assessment?

Students created a portfolio for a mock interview yet they still lacked confidence in interviewing and would sometimes forget to include information they practiced.

Describe the necessity for this assessment

Through observation and discussion, 1/13 students(.7%) used their portfolio to obtain success. I want students to feel more confident when interviewing. 

Describe how the practice will be implemented

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. 

Interpret, compare, and describe the results

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. 

After analyzing, and reflecting on the outcome, what are the next steps?

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.

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Catherine Cochran Wed, 01/23/2019 - 8:56am

Hi Monica,

This is a great tool, the cheat sheet, to teach students with interviewing! 

Dori Navarette-Lynch Wed, 01/23/2019 - 9:34am

This is a great idea! I actually used a "cheat sheet" for my interview. It really helped!

Jill Santy Wed, 01/23/2019 - 10:11am

I think the portfolio is a very valuable tool for students' future.  Having everything in one place makes for successful job applications and potential interviews.  The "cheat sheet" clearly lays out how to respond to STAR (situation, task, action, result) situational questions, but I would not encourage students to use it during an actual interview.  I feel that part of the real-world interview process is being able to answer extemporaenously after candidates have thought through and prepared for possible interview questions.  For our purposes here at EMCC, the interview is "mock" or for practice, and I think the "cheat sheet" works well in that setting.  This portfolio can be a great help to our students in preparing for this event.  Thanks for your creative work, Monica!

Jason Martinez Thu, 01/24/2019 - 11:51am

Great job, Monica. We are always working to make our students more prepared for future opportunities.

Amy Hill Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:57pm

This is great!  I am interested in using a career portfolio similar to this for my SLPA students to compile while completing their practicum course and this gave me some great ideas!  Thank you for sharing!

Becky Baranowski Tue, 01/29/2019 - 1:20pm

Thank you for taking time to share this with us.  In the "real world," students will have access to material to help them be successful.  They will not always have everything memorized; I am a huge supporter of little things that will alleviate stress with students.  Thank you!