Interview Research and Preparation

About this course: This course, the first in the "Interviewing and Resume Writing in English" specialization, guides you to discover the interests, talents and competencies that you can use to find and do work that leverages your strengths, passions and who you are as a person, so you can start doing work that matters to you and to the world. Whether you already have a career and are looking to move forward, whether you’re looking to change careers, whether you’re starting out in the world of work, whether you’re coming back into the world of work after some time away – this course will help you see your path more clearly and will teach you how to communicate your value to an employer in a way that he or she can immediately recognize. After completing this course, you will be able to 1) use your individual cognitive, social and emotional traits, together with areas of interest, to discover how to find the future jobs that can give you the greatest satisfaction; 2) identify transferable skills of greatest value to the employers who have the jobs you’re interested in; 3) apply a simple strategy for presenting your skills to an employer in an effective and convincing fashion.

Created by:   University of Maryland, College Park

  • Charles Duquette
    Taught by:    Charles Duquette, Lecturer/Marketing Coordinator
    Maryland English Institute
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How To PassPass all graded assignments to complete the course.
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This module introduces you to the specialization, giving you background and an overview of what you will learn in the weeks ahead. 

1 video2 readings1 reading
  1. Video: Introductory Video
  2. Discussion Prompt: Discuss your goals for the specialization.
  3. Practice Quiz: Online Learning Self-Assessment
  4. Reading: How This Course is Graded
  5. Reading: Please respond to this survey
Researching Yourself
In this module, you'll begin developing your individual strategy to guide your job search, from picking a career direction to measuring effectiveness of your search. 

7 videos5 readings2 readings
  1. Video: Stages in the Process
  2. Practice Quiz: Concept Review
  3. Video: Using an Interest Profiler
  4. Reading: Link to Interest Profiler
  5. Peer Review: Interest Profiler
  6. Reading: Read Me - An Important Note about the Peer Review
  7. Video: Using Neuroscience
  8. Reading: Link to Pymetrics
  9. Reading: Article from New Atlantic
  10. Peer Review: Pymetrics Profile
  11. Reading: Read Me - An Important Note about the Peer Review
  12. Video: Interpersonal Style Inventory
  13. Discussion Prompt: Reflection on Your IPI
  14. Video: Identifying Your Dependable Strengths
  15. Video: Personal Characteristics
  16. Discussion Prompt: Modesty in Your Home Culture
  17. Video: Using Your Research
  18. Practice Quiz: Self-Reflection
Graded: Dependable Strengths
Graded: Phrases for Demonstrating Skills
Graded: Top 5 Goals and Plans
Discovering Your Transferable Skills
In this module, you'll learn how to develop and apply an important strategy used in the English-language world to communicate core competencies to a prospective employer. 

7 videos1 reading
  1. Video: The Top Ten Most Wanted Skills
  2. Practice Quiz: Concept Review
  3. Video: Skills to Competencies
  4. Discussion Prompt: Discuss Skills vs. Competencies
  5. Video: Identifying Your Opportunities
  6. Video: Using Stories
  7. Video: Building Your Story File
  8. Video: Interview - Part 1
  9. Video: Interview - Part 2
Graded: Reflecting on Your Stories
Graded: Storytelling Reflection
Improving Your English Pronunciation
In this module, you'll learn how to control your use of intonation and rhythm in spoken English. These dynamics do more to improve your comprehensibility than any other feature of the spoken language. 

5 videos3 readings1 reading
  1. Reading: Reading Sample - Do This Before the Peer Review
  2. Practice Quiz: Self-Reflection
  3. Video: Improving Your Pronunciation
  4. Video: Jump-Up and Step-Down
  5. Video: Using Phrasing
  6. Reading: Good Sites for Mirroring Practice
  7. Video: Knowing Where to Make Pitch Jumps
  8. Video: Word Rhythm
  9. Reading: Accentuate the Beat
Graded: Your Speech Clarity.
Graded: Concept Review
Graded: Concept Review
Graded: Concept Review
Graded: Concept Review
Graded: Concept Review
Becoming a More Efficient Language Learner
In this module, you'll learn strategies you can adopt to becoming a more fluent and more confident speaker of English. 

8 videos6 readings
  1. Video: Advancing Your Speaking Skills
  2. Video: Becoming a More Fluent Speaker
  3. Video: Applying the Lexical Approach
  4. Video: Practicing Courage
  5. Reading: The Courage to Be a Language Learner
  6. Video: Developing Cultural Competencies
  7. Reading: Cultural Literacy
  8. Video: Demonstrating Commitment
  9. Reading: The Role of Commitment in Learning
  10. Video: Developing Expert Performance
  11. Reading: The Making of an Expert
  12. Video: Adopting Deliberate Practice
  13. Reading: An Overview of Deliberate Practice
  14. Reading: If you haven't taken the survey...
Graded: Lesson 1-3 Review
Graded: Plan for Language Learning
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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.

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