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Rock The Mock Video

Thank you for agreeing to particpate in the Rock the Mock video vignette’s for the April 5th Rock the Mock program.

The video vignettes will provide a demonstration of an interview gone wrong, and an interview the way it should be conducted. Teleprompter style scripts will be provided for the actors to read from. Scripts will be posted on this site later this afternoon.

Here are the players:
Producer/Director – Jim Carrillo (Cell – 408-605-4018)
Video/Editing – Ben Smith

Vignette 1 – Rosy’s at the Beach Interview
Time: 9:15 – 9:30 (second period)
Location: Rosy’s at the Beach Restaurant, 17320 Monterey Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Interviewee – Howard Barnes (Sobrato Staff) – please wear a professional outfit (suite or sports coat), shirt and tie.
Interviewer – Rosy Bergin

Vignette 2 – Book Smart Interview
Time: 2:30 – 2:45 (sixth period)
Interviewee – Eddie Yoon (Central Staff) – please wear saggy pants, boxers, hat… and bring a professional outfit too!
Interviewer – Cinda Meister

Vignette’s Explained:

Rosy’s at the Beach Interview

This vignette is a demonstration of the interview done correctly. We will be highlighting appropriate:

  • handshake and verbal greeting
  • eye contact
  • open body language
  • appropriate clothing and dress
  • promptness
  • complete and clear answers to questions
  • proper ending to the interview

Howard Barnes will be dressed in business casual or suite attire. Howard enters interview, showing up five minutes early. Rosy greats Howard, and conducts a behavior based interview. The interview progresses, and based on Howards perfect interviewing style, he is offered the job on the spot. The identity of the interviewer (Howard) isn’t revealed until the end of the vignette. The final scene shows Rosy leading Howard to his new job. Howard dons a hair net, and proceeds to start washing dishes. (commical relief).

Book Smart Interview
This vigneete is a demonstration of the interview gone wrong. We will be highlighting inappropriate techiques of:

  • fist bump or casual style hand shake
  • poor eye contact
  • checking cell phone text in interview
  • crossing of arms, and exhibiting a layed back attitude
  • too casual of dress
  • late – not ontime
  • poor follow through technique at end of interview

Eddie Yoon will be dressed in saggy pants, boxers sticking out, hat/hoodie. His attitude will mirror his appearance. Entering five minutes late, Eddie asks for Cinda (not Ms. Meister). Cinda tries her best to conduct a behavior based interview, but Eddie just isn’t into it. The identity of the interviewer (Eddie) isn’t revealed until the end of the vignette. Eddie doesn’t get the job. Fortunatley with the power of video, and a quick change by Eddie (note – be sure to bring a nice pair of clothes), a 30 second video (with music overlay) of Eddie arriving on time, shaking hands professionally, and conducting a succesful interview, ends the vingnette with him being hired as the Manager.


Vignette 1 Script:

John – Hello, Ms Bergin?  My name is John Smith, and I’m here for our 3pm interview.

Rosie – Nice to meet you John, you’re a bit early, would you mind waiting for just a minute?

John – Sure, no problem.  Just let me know when you’re ready.

Rosie – Alright John, let’s sit over here.  Did you bring a copy of your resume?

John  – (hands a copy of his resume to Rosie).

Rosie – This looks good, I see you have some solid experience, and I see you’ve put some thought into your resume.  Let’s start with a question that will help me get to know you better.  What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it.

John – It’s interesting that you ask that because I just experienced a similar situation prior to coming to this interview.  I’m working as an independent contractor, and one of my clients had an emergency pop up.  I was asked to work on their issue this morning, which would have conflicted with this interview.  In considering how to deal with this, I chose to stay true to the principal that my first priority is to my commitments.  This interview was not only a commitment to you; it was a commitment to me and my professional growth.  Fortunately, I was already dressed and ready for the interview, and I had an hour before I needed to leave.  In that time, I helped my client think through their issue, and develop a solution to their problem.  We were able to identify a colleague of mine that was able to support their urgent needs, and I was able to stay true to my committed appointment.  When my schedule is interrupted, I make every effort to get back on schedule, and fulfill my commitments.

Rosie – That’s great.  It sounds like you’ve really thought through what’s important to you.  Let’s try another question.  Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty? If so, how?

John – To me, going above and beyond the call of duty means that you’re simply exceeding expectations.  One way that I manage expectations is to never over sell myself.  I’ve seen people brag about their accomplishments, and exaggerate the impact they’ve made to their prior employer.  These people are constantly trying to live up to the inflated expectations that they created.  On the other hand, I’m straight with my employer, I don’t exaggerate my capabilities, and I don’t downplay my strong points either.  By being honest regarding my skills, the natural growth in my job demonstrates my ability to exceed expectations, and rise above the call of duty.

Rosie – Well John, you sound like an honest guy, and someone that is clearly articulate.  When would you be able to start in the position that you’ve applied for?

John – I’m ready to start immediately.  I’ve informed the clients that I’m currently supporting that finding full time employment was my highest priority.

Rosie – Well thank you for your time John, I believe I have everything I need.  Do you have any questions for me?

John – Yes, when will you be making a decision, and how would you like me to follow up with you?  By phone or email?

Rosie – Email would be fine, let’s shoot for next week.

John – I will follow up with you next week then.  Ms Bergin, thank you for your time, I look forward to working with you in the future.

Rosie – Thank you John, it was a pleasure meeting you.

Vignette 2 Script:

Puck – Hey, is Cinda here?

Cinda – Yes, I’m Cinda Meister, you must be Puck. Looks like your running a little late.

Puck – You know how things are. My mom was nagging on me all morning to take out the trash. Whatever. I thought I was gonna be much later though.

Cinda – Well let’s have a seat over hear. Did you bring a copy of your resume?

Puck – (Pulls out a folder paper from his pocket), yep, here you go.

Cinda – Wow, well thank you for taking the time to put this together. Today we’re going to work with a the behavoir based interview. I’ll ask you a few questions about how you may have dealt with situations in your past, and you can just provide an honest answer. Let’s start with the first question. What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? Give an example of how you handle it.

Puck – Pshhh. I don’t really have a schedule, so I don’t have to worry about it being interupted.

Cinda – Do you have anything else to add?

Puck – No, I’m good.

Cinda – (looking frustrated at the lack of engagement). What about your school schedule, how did you manage making up your school work when you were absent?

Puck – Making up schoolwork? What’s the purpose of missin school if you have to make it up?

Cinda – Hmmm. OK, let’s try another one. Have you gone above and beyond the call of duty? If so, how?

Puck – Uhhh. (Awkward silence, as if he’s thinking it through) – I don’t know.

Cinda – Ohhhh Kaayyyyy. Do you understand the question?

Puck – Nope.

Cinda – Ah, what I mean is have you ever worked harder than you boss expected you to work?

Puck – Serious? Hey, I do what I’m asked. I’m not one of those kiss buts.

Cinda – Well, this has been an interesting interview. I think I have everything I need. Do you ave any questoins for me?

Puck – Nope, I’m good.

Cinda – OK then, we’ll keep in touch, thanks for coming by.

Puck – Catch you around. (Goes to shake hands in a casual way).