You're Hired! helps students learn important skills in the job search process, especially filling out applications and interviewing. Players in the game play the role of the employer. They evaluate job applications and interview the job candidates. In order to win the game, players have to think critically and evaluate each candidate's strengths and limitations in relation to the demands of the job.
In the process of making these decisions, players will look for and find positive actions, as well as problems and mistakes that applicants make, both in filling out the application and in the interview. The players will then reject the applicants who have made the mistakes or who have serious limitations. In the post-game discussion, the teacher encourages the students to explain why they hired or rejected the various applicants. In this way the students come up with the important points. The students realize that if they, as employers, wouldn't hire someone for a certain reason, then they are likely not to be hired if they, themselves, make the same mistake! You're Hired! is a great opportunity for students to learn important concepts for themselves. It is an effective and cost efficient way to learn vital job search skills, and it’s FUN.
SCANS Skills Addressed:
- Foundation Skills: Thinking Skills, Personal Qualities, Basic Skills
- Workplace Competencies: Interpersonal Skills, Information, Systems
- Learn basic information about the selection process.
- Learn some commonly used terms in business and applying for a job.
- Develop insight into how the applications affect the chances of being asked for an interview.
- Develop insight into how the answers to interview questions affect the chances of being hired for a job.
- Develop empathy for the position of the "employer" and understand how applicant actions affect his/her decision on whom to hire.