WEEK 7 At a Glance

Announcements: Oncourse and Career Services (USCO)

Lecture Evaluation

Reading Assignments:

Chapters 14, 15, 16, and 20

Lab 7 Counseling Session:

Review Projects

Lecture 13:

The Secondary Call-Back Interview Selection Process


P13: Network Informational Interview

P14: Independent Job Search Strategy

P15: Mock Interview

Lecture 14:

Creative Search Strategies: Networking and Search Firm Use and Introduction to Professional Employment Services

X420 Lecture Schedule


Discussion Sessions Schedule


Lectures: Schedule

Corporate guest lecturers continue this week. You will continue to meet at your regular class times and the professors will introduce a guest lecturer. The topic and guest lecturers name and contact information will be given in the Announcements on Oncourse. If there are any changes, you will find them in the Lecture Schedule.


This week focuses on interviewing and selection. Listed below are some PowerPoint lectures you will find useful. The guest speakers PowerPoint presentation will be uploaded immediately before their lecture. Please review these and the textbook chapters on interviewing before completing related projects and before coming to class.


      Preparing a Winning Interview Strategy

      Presenting Your Interview Case

      Addressing Common Interview Issues

      Behavioral Interviewing


Due to possible last-minute speaker changes in availability, we cannot be assured that guest lecturers will always follow the specific topics assigned or scheduled.


Lecture 13: The Secondary Interview

The secondary interview initiates a series of further interviews with a number of different people employed in the department that has the actual job opening. It is these people who will evaluate your abilities, competence, and personality. This set of all-day interviews is usually conducted at the employers facilities

Lecture 13 Topics:

      Selection Methods: Data Used?

      Use of Tests: Selection Tool

      Expenses: Who Pays?

      Role of Multiple Interviewers: Consensus

      Assessment Centers: Testing

      Types of Interviews: Behavioral?


Lecture 14 Creative Search Strategies and Search Firms

The number one source of job placement remains the personal network. Network management is establishing a plan to get interviews. What others say about you directly impacts both upon obtaining the interview and succeeding in the interview. By touting your motivational qualities, others open doors for you which permits you to leverage yourself by building flourishing relationships that may lead to life-long mentors. Through networking and informational interviewing, you build a long-lasting personal sales force which is your entry into the hidden job market.

Lecture 14 Topics:

      A Planning Model: Networking

      Mobility Strategies: Getting Ahead

      Change Agents: People Resources

      Out-placement: Fired?

      Job Shock: New Options

      Protection Tactics: Who You Know


Lab Counseling Session Lab 7

General Project Directions:

      Send projects as an attachment via Oncourse Messenger Email to your Career Counselor.

      Send to your Career Counselor before your lab appointment.

      Bring a copy with you to the appointment so your Career Counselor can mark on it with you present.

      Counselor will grade, sign, and return at your appointment time for verification.

      Save your projects. They could be useful to you later. Be prepared to make an oral presentation to your counselor on your project.


Follow project directions carefully. See full descriptions of projects in project section.

You must attend your assigned lab for review of your projects.


Career Resources (UCSO) / Career Links (On Oncourse)

      Use textbook as a resource for your projects.

      Many career-related websites follow your textbook Table of Contents structure.

      The UCSO Career Resources also provides links to helpful research resources.

      Career Links is a more extensive list of research websites.


Project 13: Network Informational Interviewing

Always number this as Project 13, not by the number of projects you have turned in.

Overview: (See full descriptions of projects in project section)

Networking is one of the most important activities that you will do in your lifelong career endeavors. It has two main facets: interviewing for information (getting known) and creating a networking database that grows continuously. One of your networking projects will focus on the interview and the other on your database creation. Just like cover letters, resumes, interviewing skills, and career focus, networking skills improve as you implement actions recommended in your textbook.


Who are your potential network partners? Whether you are as happy as possible in your chosen career field and with your current employer or if you have just been terminated, you never want to stop your networking activities. Even in retirement, it is networking that keeps you growing in your lifes working activities.


This project complements the Network Partner Database Creation project in Week 8. You might find that completing both of these projects will best fit your needs, depending on your career track direction. Who are the influential people that you will interview for information?


These projects work especially well for students who will eventually need graduate study references, are considering an entrepreneurial track, or see themselves on a fast track up into a given career field.


This is an excellent project even if you have already accepted employment. Creating a database of contacts will always enhance your future plans regardless of your career directions.

Project Instructions:

Actual project instructions are located in the Projects Section of the syllabus.


Project 14: Independent Job Search Strategy

Always number this as Project 14, not by the number of projects you have turned in.

Overview: (See full descriptions of projects in project section)

Chapters 14 and 15 in the textbook focus on the job search process. Students who are seeking employment soon after college in a given locale or in a specialized job function often use the independent job search. They typically would not be seeking employment with the medium- to large-sized firms that typically recruit on campus. Job location is often the driving decision.


The majority of job growth in the world comes from firms that employ 20 or fewer employees. The specialized employment opportunities are located in smaller boutique-sized firms or specialized departments within larger firms. Rarely do budding entrepreneurs seek career options from the type of firms that recruit on campus.


Chapters 14 and 15 discuss the common methods that are used by candidates who desire to interview for non-traditional jobs, smaller firms, specialized jobs, not-for-profit organizations, and start-up options. If you find yourself with needs that fit these employment options, you need to use this independent job search approach.


The first step in the search process is to clarify the type of employment options you are seeking. This usually means that you have created some type of job description using an outline like Figure 9.1 in your textbook. You have summarized this into a few job titles and brief job summaries similar to the career objectives shown in Figures 11.3 and 11.4.


With your qualities in mind, this project asks you to create a job search plan and implement several components of it. You probably already have a cover letter and resume as part of your tool set. You will now be asked to identify the jobs and create a plan that fits your unique talents, timetable, and future plans.


If you are going to graduate school, you can use this process to review the process that you will use to seek employment (or an internship) after you complete your advanced degree.

Project Instructions:

Actual project instructions are located in the Projects Section of the syllabus.


Project 15: Mock Interview

Always number this as Project 15, not by the number of projects you have turned in.

Overview: (See full descriptions of projects in project section)

Chapters 17, 18, and 19 discuss many aspects of interviewing. Interviews are conducted for employment, graduate school admission, bank loans for entrepreneurs, promotions, recognitions, and even for volunteer positions. Employers, and others, are taught how to interview using many different methods. Over many years, extensive improvements have been incorporated into interviewing with the goal of making the interview process more valid and reliable.


A great deal is at stake for both the interviewer and the interviewee. The process is constantly making continuous and substantial change to ensure better employment, acceptance, and promotional decisions. Seldom is this a casual lets talk situation. The research presented in your textbook reports on the results of this progress so you can learn how to better perform in these more sophisticated approaches to selection. The interview is no longer a gut feeling situation, especially in the hiring process where high salaries are involved.


One of the best ways to learn any topic well, after you have been properly trained, is to practice what you have just learned. This role playing will give you valuable insight that should be helpful in your future interviewing preparation.


You are asked to set up a hypothetical situation that involves your interviewing for consideration. The situation may be a real job, an internship opening, a call-back interview, graduate school admission or for promotion. You can even make this interview a meeting with a commercial banker where you are requesting a loan for your business. The situation is up to you to select but the situation must be well described.


Your Career Counselor will be the mock interviewer. Your counselor will critically evaluate you on an evaluation form that you give to them at the beginning of the mock interview. As you will see from the instructions, this must be as real as you can make a mock interview.


You should prepare behavioral-based questions based upon your specific courses, work experiences, and activities listed on your resume that are oriented to the job you want.


Your Career Counselor will ask you most of these questions which you should be prepared to answer with succinct past behavioral-based answers. You should be prepared to answer any probing follow-up questions.


The Mock Interview project may be one of the most important exercises that you do in this class, so everyone is encouraged to complete it. Every interviewer, regardless of the situation, has multiple candidates and a limited time in which to make decisions. Why pick you?


Upon completing this project, you will have observed and experienced a major part of the interview selection process. Just the activity in preparing for this will be a major career educational experience. The goal of this project is to put you over the top in all of your future interview situations. Even in the call-back interviews, this behavioral-based interviewing is used. Get prepared with a mock interview.

Project Instructions:

Actual project instructions are located in the Projects Section of the syllabus.


Discussion Sessions

Review this weeks schedule by clicking above. These topics, lead by a Discussion Leader, are designed to provide you with skills that are very helpful in your career activities. Choose topics that best enhance your career needs. Some are focused on the early stages of career planning while others focus on on-the-job advancement strategies.


Discussion Sessions begin at 5:30 p.m. and one repeats at 7:00 p.m. Please follow the Discussion Schedule for dates and room numbers


Please review your grade point totals. Next week is the last time you can earn Discussion Session credit so plan carefully. It is wise to give yourself some grade cushion and not risk failing a project in the last week and not getting the grade that you had planned. Discussion Session attendance is one way to help build some grade insurance.