What are Employers Looking for? - Gayle Marshall
Students will participate in a group discussion during a power point that reviews some of the non academic skills needed on the job. Students will then gather information to determine if they can demonstrate the skill. This information will be used to build awareness for basic non-academic job skills and/or to build strong answers for interview questions. The final activity will be a mock interview where students will interview each other to practice articulating their responses.
3 Class Periods
Day 1: power point and class discussion, distribute worksheet to gather input for answers
Day 2: using input, develop strong answers for questions, peer review of answers
Day 3: work with partner to practice answers
Day 4 (optional): video students answering questions, so they can evaluate their own strengths and needs
Students will participate in a group discussion during a power point that reviews some of the non-academic skills needed on the job. Students will then gather information to determine if they can demonstrate the skill. This information will be used to build awareness for basic non-academic job skills and/or to build strong answers for interview questions. The final activity will be a mock interview where students will interview each other to practice articulating their responses.
PA Core Standards
13.2.11 A Apply effective speaking and listening skills used in a job interview.
13.2.11 E Demonstrate, in the career acquisition process, the application of essential workplace skills/knowledge
- Personal initiative
- Time management
- Team building
- What are common basic skills (non-academic) needed for employment?
- What do students need to know to be able to answer job interview questions regarding basic skills successfully?
- Can students clearly articulate appropriate answers to job interview questions about basic skills?
Instructional Process (i.e., Lesson Delivery)
Create interest in the lesson by asking the students what they think they will need to be able to do when they have a job. Without labeling the lists, create two columns “academic” and “non-academic.” Have the students create titles for the two lists. Explain that the power point will further talk about the non-academic skills.
- Show the power point and have a short discussion with each slide.
- Pass out the information gathering worksheet and explain the directions.
- You may need to give more than one day for the students to gather input on their skills
Day Two: (Based on your time available, decide how many skills the students will explore.)
Based on what you are going to require of the students, either have them put their information into a written form using details and good grammar or if the students will use the information for interview questions, have them bullet details to concisely answer interview questions.
*This is a two day lesson if the students are turning in the written responses to the basic skills.
Practice with a partner multiple times to refine the interview questions. Partners should give feedback for clarification if needed or ideas for better details.
The teacher will interview students while being videoed for individual feedback.
Differentiation & Enrichment
The power point is only a few of the non-academic basic skills that listed on the attached “Non-academic basic skills list.” The power point can be reduced or extended to fit a group’s needs. Also, the level of support and time provided to the students can be adjusted based on the students’ abilities.
Resources / Links / Materials
Assessments: point values to be decided by teacher
Info Gather sheet
- 3 signatures
- Each question answered
- Level of details provided
Formal Written Responses
- Complete thoughts
- Supported answers
- Complete thoughts
- Supported answers
- Clearly spoken
Other details could be added for scoring such as eye contact, body language, formal greeting, etc based on additional information covered during lesson