Who am I?
Interviews are a common procedure when entering the job market. So how about practicing them beforehand? This activity will allow participants to have a better understanding of their strengths, while improving communication and presentation skills. Afterwards, they will feel much more prepared for a real job interview!
Name of the activity: Who am I?
Duration: 45 minutes, could need more time in case of a bigger group.
Preferred location: any location with tables and chairs.
Working method: individual introspection; teamwork – focused on communication (in pairs).
Purpose (expected impact, outcomes): to prepare the participants for the employment process, by increasing self-awareness, self-expression, and motivation. The participants will also have the chance to work on their presentation skills.
Materials: papers, pens and tape.
– with tape, place a paper on each participant’s back;
– without speaking, the participants should go around and write on the papers a personality trait, strength or competence that describes the other one; this should take around 5 minutes, depending on the size of the group;
– after they finished, each participant has 15 minutes to read their papers and prepare a short presentation for a job interview;
– when time is up, the participants should form pairs, sit on opposite sides of a table, and interview each other, first one being the interviewer and the other the interviewee and after 10 minutes switching; in the end, the participants should point out to each other things to improve for the future.
Debriefing: after all the participants have finished with the interviews, the facilitator can have a closing reflection with the group to make them reflect on the activity, as well as measure its impact. Some examples are:
– for what kind of job would you like to have an interview?
– did you learn something new about yourself?
– are you more comfortable to present yourself to others?
– what can you do to become closer to your dreams?
– do you feel more prepared to start a professional career?
Possible alternatives, changes for different circumstances: for a more dynamic activity, make the interviews in a rotating system, like a “job fair”, so that the participants can be interviewed by multiple people, thus improving their presentation skills even more.