In this discussion, you will consider various jobs of interest to students in the applied behavioral sciences. In addition, you will meet and learn more about the other members of your class and their interests, abilities, and goals by practicing skills that will be useful to you as you pursue future academic and career goals.
Visit websites that describe available jobs, and identify a job in the field of applied behavioral sciences that you may want to pursue (e.g., https://www.usajobs.gov/, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/, https://www.onetonline.org/,http://www.occupationalinfo.org/, and/or http://www.careeronestop.org/). Familiarize yourself with the various responsibilities you are likely to have if you perform the selected job. Then imagine you have completed all required training and are now interviewing for a coveted position.
For your introductory post, consider the following points:
- Provide as a heading for your mock interview presentation the title (i.e., label) of the position for which you are applying, followed by a brief description (similar to a job advertisement/announcement).
- The formal portion of the interview consists of a meeting with the search committee. As you look around the table, you see various faces of people with whom you are likely to work. Each will have the opportunity to ask you questions. This is the role your classmates will take. Prior to the questioning, however, the designated speaker invites you to provide relevant information about yourself. Prepare an introduction that illustrates your suitability for this job. Consider the following points in your presentation:
- Identify your area of expertise and explain why this position is especially appealing to you.
- Describe your professional development based on relevant academic and/or work experiences, and indicate future aspirations.
- Include any additional information you believe would make you an asset in this position and for this organization.
responses to classmates, assume either or both of the following roles:
- Member of the search committee. Ask your peers questions regarding their initial post as if you were a member of the search committee. That is, assume your task is to gather information about a candidate to determine whether he/she is suitable for the selected position.
- Candidate. Respond to the questions that the members of the search committee (i.e., your classmates and/or instructor) have asked you to determine whether you are suitable for the selected position.
Peer responses may vary in length, but should be detailed and thought provoking. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses to your classmates and instructor. Keep in mind that your instructor will always play the role of a member of the search committee.
The interviewing resources provided on the webpage of the Ashford University Career and Alumni Services may be helpful (see https://careerservices.ashford.edu/OneFlow/Interview.aspx; pay particular attention to the Ashford Guide to Interviewing and Interview Questions links). Post your initial response by Day 3 (Thursday). Reply to at least two of your peers by Day 7 (Monday).