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Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Business Resources

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University website offers information, games and simulations on a variety of subjects, including business (although this is limited).  The main two resources from this website that would be fit into the Business curriculum are a video with Ms. Sandra Asnani and the interview simulation page.

1. What is the Ms. Sandra Asnani Video?

This is an interview with Sandra Asnani in which she provides the listeners with tips and advice for those who are being interviewed for jobs.

What do I like about it?

  • Sandra discusses many key points for preparing for an interview and going into an interview.
  • Audio file so students can hear it.
  • Wording is fairly easy to understand.

What don’t I like about it?

  • no visual so students do not have anything to look at and may get distracted by everything else in the room.

2. What is the Interview Simulation Page?

This is an interview game where you get to play as the person being interviewed.  You choose whether you want to be a male or female and then the game proceeds to ask questions often asked in an interview.  You can choose one of the answers provided (multiple choice) and the game gives you feedback on what the interviewer might be thinking and how they would actually respond.

What do I like about it?

  • Multiple choice answers.
  • Engaging.
  • Provides feedback on the answer that you picked (on what they thought and what they would have actually responded with in an actual interview).
  • Causes students to think before they answer.
  • Causes students to think about the more professional type of answer.
  • If you want to change your answer or skip ahead, you can click on the progress number and skip forward/backward to different steps.
  • If you choose an answer that isn’t how you should reply, the interviewer will have a thought bubble explaining an alternative way to answer (usually).  Also, the progress bar will turn red at that step.
  • Questions start off easy then progressively get more difficult.
  • Questions start general and progress to more specific questions.
  • Gives you a score out of 29 at the end of the “interview.”
  • User friendly.
  • If you answer the questions all green, this could provide an example of how to act and respond in an interview (model appropriate behavior and responses).
  • Doesn’t discriminate between gender.  You have the same job options and questions whether you choose to be a male or female.

What don’t I like about it?

  • On progress step 8, no matter how you answer the question, the female interviewer doesn’t appear to be all that happy with the answer (thought bubble).
  • Sometimes the answers you could pick from only focused on wording rather than choosing the best option of multiple answers.
  • Students might try to answer all bad questions to see what the reactions are. (I even tried it!)

Where do these fit into the curriculum and how would I use them?

In Module 17 of the Career and Work Exploration 10/20/30 curriculum, outcome 17.1 (pg 51) states: “to explore and discuss job search techniques.”  This includes discussing strategies and techniques for interviews.  Both the Asnani interview and the interview simulation game could help to achieve this learning objective.  The Asnani interview provides strategies and tips on preparing for and participating in an interview and the interview simulation game provides strategies on how to respond and act in an interview and could provide students with questions to review when preparing for an interview.

As well in Module 17, learning objective 17.5 (pg 52) states: “to prepare for and experience a job interview.”  Before doing an actual mock interview with your students, they could practice and prepare for this by reviewing the audio video file, making jot notes on key strategies and tips, and as well as reviewing how the individual being interviewed responded to the questions that received positive thoughts from the interviewer.  This is also a resource that students could use to practice/review on their own time.

Evaluation of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University website.

Overall, trying to find these two resources was quite difficult.  I found the interview simulation game via Google and then found the audio video when trying to find this game from the home page.  These resources are not listed under a clear category and I had to try a few categories before I actually found the right ones.  The actual resources themselves I find would be very useful in preparing students for interviews and provides many great tips, examples, and strategies for this.  I thought that these were very engaging and could be a very useful way in getting students to become more aware of and think critically about speaking professionally and behaving and responding in interviews.

If I were to give this site a numerical value, I would give it a 4/10 and the resource itself a 9/10.