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9IPT: Interview Preparation

posted Aug 7, 2011, 5:56 AM by Eddie Woo
Last week, you will have noticed that I was sick. Sadly, I still am - which means that you have some more time to spend on your project work (though this will take away from some of the lessons we had scheduled to spend on your projects in week 5).

Now is a good time for you to start getting prepared for your interview. I don't know how many formal interviews you've ever sat before, but it can be quite an unnerving experience! Lucky for you, I'm giving you a lot of help for this one - for starters, by giving you some (not all) of the questions that I'll be asking during the interview. So, here they are:
  • Describe your main contributions to the project.
  • What kind of involvement have you had in improving the work of your group members?
  • Outline some parts of the project that you could not have done on your own, but were only possible because you were working in a group.
  • What has been the most difficult part of the project for you, and why?
  • Explain and evaluate the process that you went through in dividing the project work between you and the other members of your group.
  • If your company were real, what kind of information processes would be involved in its day-to-day operations?
I may ask you none, some or all of the questions above. There are also a few other questions I have stashed away in secret that I may pull out, depending on the interview.

In this double period, you should be finishing up most of the elements of your group project (especially those related to the website itself) and going through the questions above to get ready for your interview next week. You may even like to write out some sample answers for yourself, to see if you can really answer them.

Finally, make sure your class work is complete and that you've finished all assigned tasks from previous lessons (especially the later ones, which often require independent work).