About this Course
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The goal of hiring managers is not just to hire people who need a job. It’s to hire people who believe in their organization, its mission and the work that’s involved in the job position. Every hiring manager knows: Hire people to do a job and they’ll work for your money. Hire people who believe in the work and they’ll work for their passion. And this is not a case of “fake it until you make it.” You have to be genuine about your belief in an organization and its mission. That means you have to have researched the industry, the company, and the position – and be able to show how your goals in life align with the company’s mission. Having done so will shape the impression you convey as a candidate, the way you answer traditional questions, and the way you demonstrate that you’re the right candidate for the job. This course is the second in a five-course specialization. We recommend that courses #1, #2 and #3 be taken in sequence. Course #4 - on resume and cover letter writing - can be taken in any sequence, while course #5 is the capstone for the specialization as a whole. This course can be thought of as "Interviewing I", while course #3 is "Interviewing II." Course #3 covers more advanced interview formats, including behavioral and situational interviews - along with the special case of telephone screenings. The logic for including telephone screenings - which happen at the start of the interview process - late in this specialization on interviewing is that those screenings, while happening early in the process, involve all the skills that you'll learn from course #1 through course #3. As for this course, it will teach you how to: 1. Do thorough research on a company of your choice. 2. Prepare for those critical first 3-5 minutes of an interview (when many recruiters say an interview is either won or lost). 3. Prepare for the all important "Tell Me About Yourself" question. 4. Prepare for traditional interview questions. 5. Use strategies for handling the salary question. We don't teach you salary negotiation techniques, but we do teach you how to avoid putting yourself in a weak negotiation position. 6. Prepare an elevator speech - all three variations. 7. Use persuasive speech techniques to present professional accomplishments and qualifications in a manner that conveys benefits to a potential employer. 8. Use persuasive speech techniques to convince a potential employer of your interest, motivation and preparation for a particular position. 9. Adapt your nonverbal communication style to the expectations of English-speaking interviewers....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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3 hours to complete

Researching the Market

This module builds on the self-assessment work you completed in the first course. You assemble your list of target industries, companies, and jobs. You put into practice research strategies to support your evolving career goals. You conduct in-depth research into a company of your choice and present your results in the end-of-module peer assessment....
Reading
4 videos (Total 34 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
Video4 videos
Conducting Research Using Online Resources12m
Researching a Company8m
Researching the Workplace Culture4m
Reading4 readings
10 Very Important Job Skills You'll Need in 202010m
Help Us Produce Better MOOCs!10m
List of URLs10m
Instructions for the Assignment10m
Week
2
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7 hours to complete

Making a Positive First Impression

Employers want to work with people who fit into the culture of their organization. To show that you're such a person calls for skills in the art of making a positive first impression. You will identify how these skills apply during an interview or during an informal business event. You will further identify specific steps you can take to develop, and eventually master, the art of making a positive first impression....
Reading
5 videos (Total 52 min), 14 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Controlling First Impressions9m
Projecting the Right Image7m
The Fine Art of Small Talk12m
Strategies to Control Your Nerves10m
Reading14 readings
The Power of Your Personal Brand10m
Mission Statement Builder10m
Career Portfolio References10m
Your Speaking Voice10m
Your Body Speaks10m
24-Hour Countdown to an Interview10m
Confessions of a Recruiter10m
5 Biggest Interviewing Mistakes10m
Body Language Experiment10m
Tips on Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication10m
The Art of Small Talk10m
TED Talk by Amy Cuddy10m
How to Outwit the Six Ghosts of Fear10m
21 Ways to Avoid Job Interview Anxiety10m
Week
3
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4 hours to complete

Answering Traditional Interview Questions

Preparing for interview questions does not mean memorizing canned responses. It does not mean reading from a script. It does mean doing your research, preparing your stories, and honing your strategies. In this module, you'll identify strategies and language you can use to begin to communicate your value to a potential employer....
Reading
6 videos (Total 48 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Preparing Your Strategy7m
So, Tell Me About Yourself.9m
Talking About Your Qualifications8m
Highlighting Your Skills and Experience8m
Language Focus3m
Reading3 readings
Top Ten Qualities of an Outstanding Team Player10m
Gerund and Infinitive Reference List10m
Language Practice Worksheet10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Concept Quiz10m
Concept Quiz10m
Week
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5 hours to complete

Proving You've Done Your Research

There's nothing that annoys a hiring manager more than interviewing a candidate who hasn't done research into the prospective company. You're going to have done your research, and this module shows you how to communicate that in the strategies you use to respond to common interview questions....
Reading
6 videos (Total 52 min), 8 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Why Are You Interested in this Position?9m
Why Are You Looking to Leave Your Current Position?8m
What Is Important to you in a Work Environment?7m
Answering the Salary Question12m
Positive Language Strategies10m
Reading8 readings
Five Ways to Bungle a Job Change10m
A Job By Any Other Name10m
Compensation and the Art of Negotiation10m
15 Rules for Negotiating a Job Offer10m
Useful Language to Use in an Interview10m
Tip Sheet for Common Interview Questions10m
Dynamic and Stative Verbs10m
Verb Tense Chart10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Language Quiz30m
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Top Reviews

By KRMay 21st 2017

Fantastic course. Highly recommended for people who are looking out for jobs and have challenges in projecting/marketing themselves.

By GGNov 8th 2016

The lecturer explained things very detailed- oriented, and the materials are very helpful to use for a non-native speaker.

Instructors

Charles Duquette

Lecturer/Marketing Coordinator
Maryland English Institute

Daniela C. Wagner-Loera

Full-Time Lecturer
Maryland English Institute, University of Maryland College Park

About University of Maryland, College Park

The University of Maryland is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 37,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and 250 academic programs. Its faculty includes three Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners, 47 members of the national academies and scores of Fulbright scholars. The institution has a $1.8 billion operating budget, secures $500 million annually in external research funding and recently completed a $1 billion fundraising campaign. ...

About the Interviewing and Resume Writing in English Specialization

This specialization will help you develop the English language strategies and communication skills you need to advance in your professional career. Whether you already have a successful career and are looking to move forward, whether you’re looking to change careers, whether you’re starting out in the world of work, or whether you’re coming back into the world of work after some time away – if you believe in working for more than a paycheck, then this specialization will help you. The core courses cover preparing for a successful job search, including self research and research of the job market and industries of interest; strengthening your interview skills by recognizing what hiring managers are looking for and taking steps to prepare for the types of tough questions today's premier companies use; and preparing a resume, cover letter and supporting business documents. The capstone will allow you to apply the skills you learn in this specialization to your own job search. A key benefit of this specialization is the opportunities you'll have to practice your interviewing skills with other job-seekers from around the world. You’ll give them feedback and they’ll give you feedback. In this process, you’ll gain new insight into what makes a speaker successful and you’ll gain confidence in your English interviewing skills....
Interviewing and Resume Writing in English

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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