• Course Introduction

        • Time: 4 hours
        • Free Certificate
        This course will help you showcase your knowledge, skills, abilities, strengths, and interests to potential employers during a professional job interview. Be sure to review our other professional development courses for more on other skills that will help you get ahead, such as preparing a resume, interpersonal communication, professional etiquette, leadership, teamwork, and understanding organizational culture.

        First, read the course syllabus. Then, enroll in the course by clicking "Enroll me in this course". Click Unit 1 to read its introduction and learning outcomes. You will then see the learning materials and instructions on how to use them.

      • Unit 1: Before the Interview

        In this unit we help you prepare for a professional job interview. While most people think about job interviews in terms of how well you can convince a potential employer that you are the best person to fill their job opening, remember that the interview is also your opportunity to learn more about the company where you might work, and ask questions about your future job responsibilities. After you have had several successful job interviews, we hope you have the opportunity to choose among several job offers.

        Completing this unit should take you approximately 2 hours.

        • 1.1: Put Your Best Foot Forward

          Your parents, teachers, and advisers have probably told you how important it is to create a positive first impression. What does this mean during the job interview process? Does it refer to what you wear, what you say, or how you present yourself? For all of these, the answer is yes. In this section, you will learn that it is not enough to give information about your interests and qualifications for a job. To leave a favorable and lasting impression, you must also communicate your interest in the position through your appearance, body language, and your interactions with the interviewer.

        • 1.2: Dress for Success for Your Industry

          What should you wear to your job interview? Employers notice when you have tried to dress appropriately to make a good first impression. In a subtle way, your effort shows you are conscientious and will make similar efforts to impress if you are hired. How you present yourself is especially important if you are applying for a job where you will be meeting with customers and clients.

        • 1.3: Preparing for the Interview

          If you have taken our course on resume writing, PRDV102, you know that you should spend some time to research and plan how to showcase your qualifications to a potential employer. An invitation to an interview gives you the opportunity to present yourself as the most desirable candidate for a position opening. Whether or not you receive an offer or choose to accept one, the interview experience will give you the confidence to pursue future career opportunities. During the interview, you should display your knowledge about the company, personal employment goals, professional strengths, and weaknesses if you are asked. Preparation is key.

      • Unit 2: During the Interview

        This unit offers resources to help you optimize the time you spend with interviewers to learn more about their expectations and convince them that you are the best person to fill a job opening. Remember not to focus exclusively on how to impress a potential employer. Think about what you want. An interview is an opportunity to meet your potential employer to decide whether you want to work for them and if the position they are offering will help you achieve your career goals.

        Completing this unit should take you approximately 1 hour.

      • Unit 3: Negotiating Compensation

        Discussing salary requirements during the interview can be tricky. Potential employers may ask you for your salary requirements during the initial telephone screening or during later interviews. Prepare for this question by researching what comparable employers pay workers with similar responsibilities and qualifications in your area. Be prepared with a response even if your plan is to avoid giving an exact figure.

        Some suggest giving a salary range so you have room to negotiate after you have received a job offer. Others recommend giving one salary amount you would be happy to receive since the employer will likely offer you the lowest figure you give in your range anyway. Still others say you should never be the first to give a figure. Press the employer to give you an offer first, since their number could be higher than what you had anticipated. Then, you can still negotiate for a better compensation package. In this unit we look at salary negotiation in more detail.

        Completing this unit should take you approximately 1 hour.

      • Course Feedback Survey

        Please take a few minutes to give us feedback about this course. We appreciate your feedback, whether you completed the whole course or even just a few resources. Your feedback will help us make our courses better, and we use your feedback each time we make updates to our courses.

        If you come across any urgent problems, email contact@saylor.org or post in our discussion forum.

      • Certificate Final Exam

        Take this exam if you want to earn a free Course Completion Certificate.

        To receive a free Course Completion Certificate, you will need to earn a grade of 70% or higher on this final exam. Your grade for the exam will be calculated as soon as you complete it. If you do not pass the exam on your first try, you can take it again as many times as you want, with a 7-day waiting period between each attempt.

        Once you pass this final exam, you will be awarded a free Course Completion Certificate.