Interview Skills Checklist
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Jeff Berk (Teacher (K-12))
Special Education Teachers are always looking for ways to teach appropriate social and interpersonal skills to moderately cognitively impaired individuals. Older students also need to learn good job interviewing skills. I found this checklist with the associated systematic instruction plan extremely effective with most of the students I used it with. We role-played the job interview setting and I also had students role-play among themselves, taking turns as interviewer and interviewee. I was able to use the checklist to determine the individual student's strengths and weaknesses and then could concentrate on the skills needing the most practice. For "homework" I had students practice introducing themselves to a friend or a family member or just simply use a mirror. For this I had each student write a short "JIST" card that basically introduced themselves and would be something they could easily remorize. I plotted the students' scaled observation scores as baseline and then as probes over time from the checklist on a student progress chart. We had a lot of fun with the activity and the students learned about personal space, eye contact, smiling, and good posture/body language. They also learned how to talk about themselves in a constructive fashion.