CS113 Academic Strategies for the Business Professional

Interview with a Professional

***Due in Unit 8***

 Full Name:                                Two-digit Section #:      

Instructions: Download this document to your computer before filling it out. Save using “Save As” and add your name to the front removing the phrase “YourName.” All of the gray boxes below should be appropriately filled in and the document saved again before submitting to the Unit 8 Dropbox.

You should conduct the interview in person or by phone.

In person is best if at all possible

Select a person with at least a two-year degree who is currently working in or retired from a career field that is related to your current career path/degree plan. There are many helpful tools to help you in choosing someone for your interview. For example, there is a great online resource called the O*Net Online™, which provides detailed information on career, industry, interview tips and much more. Contact your course instructor for additional tips!

 At the end of this template is a required Reflection portion you must complete as well.

Name of the person interviewed

Contact information (business phone or email)

Date interviewed

Company name

Highest degree earned

College or University where the degree was earned:

If you want to interview someone without a degree, please contact your instructor first.

 

Be sure to give the credentials of the person you would like to interview to obtain approval to interview a non-degreed individual.

Interview Questions:

  1. What is your title and what are your main responsibilities?
  2. What are some of the specific skills you need in order to perform your job?
  3. Describe what you do during a typical day.
  4. What is one of the most challenging things about the work you do?
  5. Why is time management important to you, and what time management tips could you suggest?
  6. Why are effective goal setting skills important in your career or in the professional world in general?
  7. Why are effective problem solving skills important in your career or in the professional world in general?
  8. What advice would you give to someone interested in this career?
  9. With regard to building a professional network, how necessary is a network? What are some ways to go about building that network?
  10. Compose at least one question of your own (include your question and the response you receive in the gray box below).

Reflection

After reviewing your Interview with a Professional, respond to the following reflection items:

Make sure to use the paragraph format we focused on in Unit 5: Start with a topic sentence, develop your ideas with supporting sentences/details, and end with a concluding sentence.

Reflection I: Informational Interviewing & Networking

 What elements of the interview were most beneficial to you, and how will you use information from the interview experience as you continue to plan and prepare for your career? Why might it be valuable for you conduct similar information gathering interviews in the future? Your response should be a minimum of 10 complete sentences.

Reflection II:

Item A: Networking

After completing the Unit 8 Reading, take some time to seriously think about your current professional network and rate the strength of your network on a scale of 1–5. Make sure to explain why you selected your rating. {1 = just getting started on first degree contacts; 2 = making some progress with first degree contacts; 3 = good progress with first degree contacts, just getting started with second degree contacts; 4 = good progress with first degree contacts, making some progress with second degree contacts; and 5 = firmly established with first and second degree contacts, making some progress with third degree contacts.}

Item B: Networking

Once you have rated your network, take time to describe your current first, second, and third degree contacts. Use the Networking Contact Chart located in the Unit 8 Reading as you prepare to respond to this item.

 

Item C: Goal Setting

Carefully consider the suggestions included in the Unit 7 Reading for strengthening or building your network, and think in terms of the progress you would like to make with your network in the next 3–6 months. Set one networking goal for yourself and explain how you will achieve that goal by applying the S.M.A.R.T. goal setting strategy. Make sure to specifically refer to each of the five S.M.A.R.T. elements outlined in the Unit 8 Reading.

 

Item D: Problem Solving

Review your S.M.A.R.T. strategy and identify one possible problem you could encounter that would prevent you from reaching your networking goal. Apply the “DO IT!” strategy as you propose a plan for overcoming the problem. Make sure to specifically refer to each of the five elements of the “DO IT!” strategy outlined in the Unit 8 Reading.

 

Review the grading rubric before submitting this Activity.

 *** Students: Do not delete the grading rubric below. It must remain in this document.***

Unit 8 Assignment Grading Rubric

Quantitative Analysis: (point breakdown) Points possible Points earned
Identifying Information and Interview Questions 10.0  
Reflection #I: Interview (minimum 10 sentences). 10.0  
 Reflection #II: Networking, Goal Setting, and Problem Solving 20.0  
Style (spelling, grammar, and sentence structure) – 20% as outlined in the Assignment grading rubric located in the Syllabus.  
Total points 40.0  

 

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