Successful Interviewing

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About this course: The goal of hiring managers is not just to hire people who need a job. It’s to hire people who believe in their organization, its mission and the work that’s involved in the job position. Every hiring manager knows: Hire people to do a job and they’ll work for your money. Hire people who believe in the work and they’ll work for their passion. And this is not a case of “fake it until you make it.” You have to be genuine about your belief in an organization and its mission. That means you have to have researched the industry, the company, and the position – and be able to show how your goals in life align with the company’s mission. Having done so will shape the impress…

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When you enroll for courses through Coursera you get to choose for a paid plan or for a free plan

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About this course: The goal of hiring managers is not just to hire people who need a job. It’s to hire people who believe in their organization, its mission and the work that’s involved in the job position. Every hiring manager knows: Hire people to do a job and they’ll work for your money. Hire people who believe in the work and they’ll work for their passion. And this is not a case of “fake it until you make it.” You have to be genuine about your belief in an organization and its mission. That means you have to have researched the industry, the company, and the position – and be able to show how your goals in life align with the company’s mission. Having done so will shape the impression you convey as a candidate, the way you answer traditional questions, and the way you demonstrate that you’re the right candidate for the job. This course is the second in a five-course specialization. We recommend that courses #1, #2 and #3 be taken in sequence. Course #4 - on resume and cover letter writing - can be taken in any sequence, while course #5 is the capstone for the specialization as a whole. This course can be thought of as "Interviewing I", while course #3 is "Interviewing II." Course #3 covers more advanced interview formats, including behavioral and situational interviews - along with the special case of telephone screenings. The logic for including telephone screenings - which happen at the start of the interview process - late in this specialization on interviewing is that those screenings, while happening early in the process, involve all the skills that you'll learn from course #1 through course #3. As for this course, it will teach you how to: 1. Do thorough research on a company of your choice. 2. Prepare for those critical first 3-5 minutes of an interview (when many recruiters say an interview is either won or lost). 3. Prepare for the all important "Tell Me About Yourself" question. 4. Prepare for traditional interview questions. 5. Use strategies for handling the salary question. We don't teach you salary negotiation techniques, but we do teach you how to avoid putting yourself in a weak negotiation position. 6. Prepare an elevator speech - all three variations. 7. Use persuasive speech techniques to present professional accomplishments and qualifications in a manner that conveys benefits to a potential employer. 8. Use persuasive speech techniques to convince a potential employer of your interest, motivation and preparation for a particular position. 9. Adapt your nonverbal communication style to the expectations of English-speaking interviewers.

Created by:  University of Maryland, College Park
  • Taught by:  Charles Duquette, Lecturer/Marketing Coordinator

    Maryland English Institute
  • Taught by:  Daniela C. Wagner-Loera, Full-Time Lecturer

    Maryland English Institute, University of Maryland College Park
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University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

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WEEK 1


Researching the Market



This module builds on the self-assessment work you completed in the first course. You assemble your list of target industries, companies, and jobs. You put into practice research strategies to support your evolving career goals. You conduct in-depth research into a company of your choice and present your results in the end-of-module peer assessment.


4 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Video: When, Where and Why of Research
  2. Reading: 10 Very Important Job Skills You'll Need in 2020
  3. Reading: Help Us Produce Better MOOCs!
  4. Video: Conducting Research Using Online Resources
  5. Reading: List of URLs
  6. Video: Researching a Company
  7. Video: Researching the Workplace Culture
  8. Reading: Instructions for the Assignment

Graded: Presenting Your Research

WEEK 2


Making a Positive First Impression



Employers want to work with people who fit into the culture of their organization. To show that you're such a person calls for skills in the art of making a positive first impression. You will identify how these skills apply during an interview or during an informal business event. You will further identify specific steps you can take to develop, and eventually master, the art of making a positive first impression.


5 videos, 14 readings expand


  1. Video: Showcasing Your Value
  2. Reading: The Power of Your Personal Brand
  3. Reading: Mission Statement Builder
  4. Reading: Career Portfolio References
  5. Video: Controlling First Impressions
  6. Reading: Your Speaking Voice
  7. Reading: Your Body Speaks
  8. Reading: 24-Hour Countdown to an Interview
  9. Video: Projecting the Right Image
  10. Reading: Confessions of a Recruiter
  11. Reading: 5 Biggest Interviewing Mistakes
  12. Reading: Body Language Experiment
  13. Discussion Prompt: Discussion about the Body Language Experiment
  14. Video: The Fine Art of Small Talk
  15. Reading: Tips on Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  16. Reading: The Art of Small Talk
  17. Discussion Prompt: Discussion About Small Talk
  18. Video: Strategies to Control Your Nerves
  19. Reading: TED Talk by Amy Cuddy
  20. Reading: How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear
  21. Reading: 21 Ways to Avoid Job Interview Anxiety

Graded: Mission Statement
Graded: Your Experience with Power Poses

WEEK 3


Answering Traditional Interview Questions



Preparing for interview questions does not mean memorizing canned responses. It does not mean reading from a script. It does mean doing your research, preparing your stories, and honing your strategies. In this module, you'll identify strategies and language you can use to begin to communicate your value to a potential employer.


6 videos, 3 readings expand


  1. Video: Types of Interviews
  2. Video: Preparing Your Strategy
  3. Video: So, Tell Me About Yourself.
  4. Video: Talking About Your Qualifications
  5. Video: Highlighting Your Skills and Experience
  6. Reading: Top Ten Qualities of an Outstanding Team Player
  7. Video: Language Focus
  8. Reading: Gerund and Infinitive Reference List
  9. Reading: Language Practice Worksheet

Graded: Concept Quiz
Graded: Concept Quiz
Graded: Your Strengths as a Team Player

WEEK 4


Proving You've Done Your Research



There's nothing that annoys a hiring manager more than interviewing a candidate who hasn't done research into the prospective company. You're going to have done your research, and this module shows you how to communicate that in the strategies you use to respond to common interview questions.


6 videos, 8 readings expand


  1. Video: Proving You're Right for the Job
  2. Video: Why Are You Interested in this Position?
  3. Video: Why Are You Looking to Leave Your Current Position?
  4. Reading: Five Ways to Bungle a Job Change
  5. Discussion Prompt: Discuss Making a Job Change
  6. Video: What Is Important to you in a Work Environment?
  7. Reading: A Job By Any Other Name
  8. Video: Answering the Salary Question
  9. Reading: Compensation and the Art of Negotiation
  10. Reading: 15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer
  11. Discussion Prompt: Discuss Salary Negotiation
  12. Video: Positive Language Strategies
  13. Reading: Useful Language to Use in an Interview
  14. Reading: Tip Sheet for Common Interview Questions
  15. Reading: Dynamic and Stative Verbs
  16. Reading: Verb Tense Chart

Graded: The Role of Work
Graded: Language Quiz

WEEK 5


Demonstrating You've Got What It Takes



The English-language world of work calls for cultural literacies that may be a challenge for non-native speakers to decode and develop. This module will take you through an abbreviated enculturation process whereby you will learn not only to talk the talk but also to walk the walk of a confident job-seeker in the English-language world of work.


7 videos, 4 readings expand


  1. Video: Developing the Right Attitude
  2. Discussion Prompt: Discussion about Self-Promotion
  3. Video: Finding Your Why
  4. Video: Moving from Why to How
  5. Video: Moving from How to What
  6. Video: Developing Your Two-Minute Pitch
  7. Reading: Pitch Worksheet
  8. Reading: The Elevator Speech
  9. Video: Exploring an Example Two-Minute Pitch
  10. Video: Developing Your 30-Second Pitch
  11. Reading: Preparing an Elevator Speech
  12. Peer Review: Your 30-second pitch
  13. Reading: The Anti-Elevator Speech

Graded: Your Two-Minute Pitch
Graded: Concept Quiz
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