On of my favourites (if time allows) is to get the students to understand the Recruitment Process and actually go through some of the process themselves.
Firstly, I get the students to sort out the specific order that certain tasks have to occur:
- Identify a need for staff
- Think about type of person needed
- Write the job description
- Think about type of skills needed
- Write a person specification
- Draw up an application form
- Write job advert
- Publish advert
- Receive CV and application forms
- Shortlist applicants
- Interview applicants
- Check references / Certificates
- Give the best person the job
Next, I get the students to design their own Job Description / Person Specification and stress the difference between the two:
Detailed list of the key points about the job to be filled, stating all the key tasks and responsibilities of it
- Job Title
- Detail of tasks to be performed
- Place in the organisation
- Working Conditions
- How job will be assessed and performance measured
A description of the sort of person who would be suited for the job
- Skills and qualities looked of in suitable applicants
The next part is looking at the interview itself, first I get the students to think about what questions might be good to use at an interview (using the sheet below) and then using the TV series The Job Interview (CNBC version is here or you can access a UK version on YouTube here ); students then complete and discuss the process (YouTube clip is also below and the word document can also be downloaded below)
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your salary expectations?
- Why are you leaving or have left your job?
- Why do you want this job?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
- What are your goals for the future?
This also very naturally leads onto the discussion of the pros and cons of actually using interviews and how reliable they might be / why they are still used so much!
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