Assessment 3 – My Application
Description / Requirements
A dynamic, global and technology driven business environment means the way companies recruit is undergoing significant change. Trends in recruitment include: increased automation of the recruitment process, increase demand for a diverse range of candidates and more emphasis on soft (transferrable) skills, amongst others(Schidman et al. 2017).
Using the knowledge and skills developed through Assignments 1 and 2, each team member will source a role that matches their desired career path, write a short article on recruitment trends to help other graduates obtain a role, research the company they are applying to, write an application for that position, prepare their interview materials and participate in a mock interview. During this process of applying for a job you will need to reflect on your current learnings, activities and skilldevelopment, and on the skills and knowledge you still need to develop to be career ready.
All three assignments in this unit are designed to give students the skills needed to be career ready in a dynamic employment market. This is consistent with the Learning Outcomes of this Unit.
Task 1: Mock Interview
Teams remain unchanged from Assignment 2. Students are not permitted to form new teams for this assessment.
Mock Interview times will be finalised in the Week 9 classes.
• Mock Interviews take place in Weeks 11 and 12; the due date for the written part of this assessment is dependent upon when your interview is scheduled. Please see page 1 of this brief.
• The interview panel will include your team members and a member of the MWL101 teaching team (your teacher).
• For one interview you will be the interviewee. For the other interviews you will be a member of the interviewing panel.
• Whilst the majority of questions to the interviewee will be asked by your team members, your teacher will also ask the interviewee a question(s) regarding the organisation they are applying to, to understand what research has been performed prior to the interview.
• Each team member must provide the interview panel (their team) with a copy of the position they are applying for with the key selection criteria highlighted prior to the interview. This can take the form of an online job advertisement or a detailed position description. Each panel member must then prepare three ‘behavioural questions’ (refer week 10 materials) to ask each interviewee. These should be different (you may not ask other team members the same questions) and must be tailored to the opportunity each applicant is interviewing for. Make sure as many of the key selection criteria are covered in the questions as possible.
• You must arrive 10 minutes early for your interview. You will be invited into the room, as in a real interview. Remember you are being assessed from the moment you enter the room or virtual room. If you are late (as in a real interview situation) you will miss your interview and will be unable to reschedule (except in exceptional circumstances).
• You will have 5 minutes for your interview (per team member) and are required to use the STAR technique to answer the behavioural questions prepared by your team members.
• The interview panel must provide feedback to their team members, including whether based on the application and interview, they would employ the applicant. See Assignment 3 resources for a template of peer assessment for use in the report and for giving interview feedback.
In the Week 10 seminar you will cover interview skills and providing constructive criticism. Please note that the ability to provide constructive criticism is an essential tool for teamwork and management.
Performance on the day
On the day of the interview make sure you are well prepared, please consider the following:
• Try to appear confident and relaxed – preparation will help. Try to make eye contact with your panel.
• You may not read from notes when you are being interviewed.
• Even though interviews are fairly formal, try to communicate your enthusiasm and let your personality shine through.
• At the end of the interview you may be asked if there is anything you wish to add – this is your opportunity to draw attention to aspects that have not been covered.
• It is quite acceptable to ask for questions to be repeated if you did not hear orunderstand them. Think about responses carefully without having overly long pauses.
• Avoid ‘yes’ ‘no’ answers.
• Be polite, avoid interrupting and thank interviewers at the end.
Your team also needs to:
• Come dressed for a professional interview and arrive on time (10 minutes before yourscheduled interview time).
• Bring your position description and your resume with you. These are to be handed to
• Consider bringing a recording device (i.e. digital recorder, smart phone) – a recording will help you self-evaluate your interview responses. Ensure your storage is adequate!
If your team is attending a Cloud interview, please refer to the Cloud discussion forums for further information.
Mock Interview - possible questions
BEHAVIOURAL QUESTIONS TEAMWORK
1. Tell us about your experience working in a team where there was diversity of ages, ethnic background, language, viewpoints, attitudes or ability. What strategies did you use to deal with the differences in the group?
2. Tell us about a time when you worked in a team that did well and describe how you contributed to its success.
3. What role have you taken in teams that demonstrate your preference? Explain why you like this role in team work.
4. What have you done in a team to work towards achieving outcomes?
5. Describe a situation where you have used your communication skills to get a message across.
6. Describe a situation when you had to deal with a difficult person.
7. Outline a situation where you had to use your persuasive skills. What was the outcome? What was the key learning from that example?
8. Describe how you have used your preferred ways of communicating to explain a concept or idea.
9. How have you organised your study, work and other commitments in your life to meet deadlines?
10. Tell us about the ways you spend your leisure time?
11. Provide us with an example of a time when you have had to meet competing deadlines. How did you manage the situation?
12. Describe a time when you have had to learn something new in order to complete a task. How did you manage to get the task done on time?
INITIATIVE AND LEADERSHIP
13. When have you used initiative to solve a problem without being asked?
14. Describe an occasion when you have successfully organised a project. What did you do to make it a success?
15. Describe a time when you have worked without supervision.
16. Tell us about a situation in which you resolved a conflict.
17. When have you had responsibility for achieving an objective? What did you do?
18. Tell us about a time you have had to decide between two options.
19. Tell us about how you have dealt with aspects of jobs or tasks that you do not enjoy.
20. Describe a time when you have had to solve a problem. How effective was the solution?
21. Tell us about an approach you used to deal with a new challenge?
22. Tell us about what experience you have had with a broad range of people. What have you learnt from these experiences?
23. Describe a situation when you have had to evaluate whether things were working and if they were not, how did you tell those involved?
24. Tell us about a mentor or someone who has influenced you and describe how?
25. Describe a relationship or network which you have developed because it will be beneficial to your professional career in the long term.
Task 2 – The Written Submission
Assessment 3: My Application
The written part of Assessment 3 is comprised of five (5) key sections of content that must be addressed. In addition, this is a business report and therefore must be formatted according to the criteria set out in Section 6 of report.
A separate introduction is not required in Assignment 3.
Section 1: Recruitment Trends
Suggested word count: 400 words. References 3 minimum
Given the increased role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the recruitment process, you are required to write a short article suitable for a platform such as LinkedIn. In your article discuss how and why AI is used in recruitment (at what stages and for what purpose), and give tips and advice to students that will help them achieve their desired graduate role.
Section 2: My Role and Organisation
Find a work experience role, internship or job opportunity that closely matches your desired employment or career path in your selected industry. Please include a copy of your job description or job advertisement in this section.
You must identify, why you believe this role is suitable for you and why you want to work for this organisation in the following two sections. You must demonstrate that you have researched the organisation and role. The specific tasks are below.
Please note: Suitable positions to apply for will be discussed in the Week 8 seminar and with the Week 8 resources.
Section 2a: Why this role?
Suggested word count: 200 words (approximately)
You must explain:
1. How this role matches your desired employment or career path and your values and capabilities.
2. Why you are a suitable candidate for this role, you must answer, ‘why should we employ you’ question.
Section 2b: Why this organisation?
Suggested word count: 300 words (approximately) References 3 minimum
You must explain, why you want to work for this organisation, that is you must answer the ‘why do you want to work for us’ question.
To answer this question you are required to show evidence that you have:
1) Researched the organisation you are applying to and have considered:
a)The organisation’s market offering, location of operations, plans for the future and the relevant leaders of the organisation and the position you are applying for.
b)The organisation’s culture and values: for example, their mission/vision, corporate culture and values (internal), their reputation (external)
2) Related this specifically to you, think about your values, strengths, skills and capabilities (professional dashboard) and desired career path.
Please note: Suggestions on where to find this information will be discussed in the Week 8 seminar and with the Week 8 resources.
Section 3: My Application
Suggested word count: 800-1000 words (approximately). As application requirements vary across jobs, we allow flexibility in the word count in this section. Please note: you must write succinctly and will be penalised if you do not do so.
Prepare a tailored application for your role that includes the following elements:
• A customised covering letter or statement of interest (suggested 1 page). Please start your covering letter/statement of interest on a new page.
• A resume, or equivalent like the questions from an online application (maximum of 3 pages).
Your application must:
• Address the selection criteria.
• Fulfil the application process requirements
• Be free from spelling and grammatical errors. Applications will not be considered for the next round in the application process if they have errors.
In addition, you must consider that your application may go through an Applicant Tracking System (artificial intelligence scanner) when writing and formatting your application. Please note: Applications will be discussed in the Weeks 8 and 9 seminars and with the Week 8 and 9 resources.
Section 4: My Interview Preparation
Suggested word count: 500 words (approximately).
Section 4a: My Interview Responses
Highlight three selection criteria from your role that you consider are your strengths. Prepare examples which highlight your competence in these three areas using the STAR framework (see below)
|| (Briefly) describe a challenge you were faced with
|| What were you asked to do to overcome this challenge?
||What did you do? Logically explain the steps you took.
|| What did you achieve? How was the challenge met? What did you learn? What would you do differently in the future?
Section 4b: My Interview Questions
You are required to prepare three behaviour questions to ask of each of your team members.
• What three behavioural questions did you prepare to ask of each of your team members?
• Why did you select these questions?
Please note: Interview preparation will be discussed in the Week 10 seminar and with the Week 10 resources. STAR responses are discussed in the Week 8 resources.
Section 5: Reflection
Suggested word count: 500 words (250 words each) (approximately).
5a. My Interview - Reflection
Reflect on your experience with the mock interviews. What did you do well, what areas could you have done better? Why do you think this happened? What would you do differently in future interviews?
5b. My Personal Insight Journey - Reflection
Reflect on this unit and what you have learned about yourself and how this has influenced your career planning. What has changed since the start of the trimester? Consider what you have already done towards becoming job or career ready as a result of this unit.
A separate conclusion is not required for this report. This is the end of the written part of this assessment item. The information you have gathered and analysed in this report will form the basis for Assessment 3, My Application. Please see Section 6 for important presentation and formatting instructions.
Section 6: Presentation and Formatting
Assignments must be submitted as WORD documents only. Assignments submitted using other file types WILL NOT BE MARKED. Microsoft Word is available to students free of charge, please see: http://software.deakin.edu.au/
The assessment must be presented in a Business report format. Tips on how to structure a business report can be found here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/studying/study-support/academicskills/report-writing. As a business report, it is expected that your work will be free from errors (spelling and grammatical). It is strongly recommended that you proof read your work and use a grammar and spell check application prior to submission.
800 – 1000 words.
My Cover Letter
This should be in a business letter format, complete with the ‘block letter’ components of Sender, date, receiver, salutation, letter body, close. Perhaps use Word templates for this. Start the letter on a NEW page.
This letter should respond to the key selection criteria and attributes described in the advertisement in Figure 1.
This letter should be the same as the one presented to me at your interview, with corrections, if needed.
Perhaps you can use a Word template to model your resume. Choose a simple, clear, easy-toread template. Refer to your Competency Profile (A2) and use relevant content in this resume. Try to include as much detail as you can. If you have nothing to add, then write ‘None to date’.
Refer to the two files (template and checklist) under Week 9.
This resume should be the same as the one presented to me at your interview, with corrections, if needed.