MWL101 – Personal Insight
Trimester 1 2019
Assessment 3 – My Application
DUE DATE AND TIME: Students with Week 11 interviews must submit the written report by Wednesday 29 May 2019 by 10.00am AEST.
Students with Week 12 interviews must submit the written report by Monday 3 June 2019 by 11.59pm AEDT.
PERCENTAGE OF FINAL GRADE: 50%
HURDLE DETAILS: No Hurdle
WORD LIMIT: 2500-3000 (depending on application requirements)
FILE TYPE: Microsoft Word (no PDF)
ASSESSMENT TYPE: Individual Submission / Compulsory Teamwork Component
Learning Outcome Details
Unit Learning Outcome Graduate Learning Outcome
ULO1: Develop a personal action plan within the context of 21st Century career opportunities GLO 6 Self-management
ULO2: Understand the role and importance of communication within organizations GLO 2 Communication
ULO3: Develop skills and attributes to work effectively as a team-member GLO 7 Teamwork
ULO4 Critically review industry trends and the impact on future employment GLO 4 Critical Thinking
This Assessment is your final assessment for this unit. It will be marked during the exam period. Results and feedback will be released when final unit results are released.
Deakin's Bachelor of Commerce and MBA are internationally EPAS accredited.
Deakin Business School is accredited by AACSB.
Description / Requirements
A dynamic, global and technology driven business environment means the way companies recruit is undergoing significant change. Trends in recruitment include; increased automation of the recruitment process, increase demand for a diverse range of candidates and more emphasis on soft (transferrable) skills, amongst others1.
Using the knowledge and skills developed through Assessments 1 and 2, each team member will source a role that matches their desired career path, write a short article on recruitment trends to help other graduates obtain a role, research the company they are applying to, write an application for that position, prepare their interview materials and participate in a mock interview. During this process of applying for a job you will need to reflect on your current learnings, activities and skill development, and on the skills and knowledge you still need to develop to be career ready.
All three assessments in this unit are designed to give students the skills needed to be career ready in a dynamic employment market. This is consistent with the Unit Learning Outcomes and Graduate Learning Outcomes.
Task 1: Mock Interview
Teams remain unchanged from Assessment 2. Students are not permitted to form new teams for this assessment.
Mock Interview times will be finalised in the Week 9 seminars (on campus students) and through the Cloud Discussion Forum (Cloud students).
• Mock Interviews take place in Weeks 11 and 12, the due date for the written part of this assessment is dependent upon when your interview is scheduled. Please see page 1 of this brief.
• The interview panel will include your team members and a member of the MWL101 marking panel.
• For one interview you will be the interviewee. For the other interviews you will be a member of the interviewing panel.
• Whilst the majority of questions to the interviewee will be asked by your team members, the MWL101 marking panel representative will also ask the interviewee a question(s) regarding the organisation they are applying to, to understand what research has been performed prior to the interview.
1Schidman A, Hester L, Plunkte P, Abbot L, Ignatova M, Prior I,. Australian Recruiting Trends 2017,
solutions/resources/pdfs/Australia Recruiting Trends 2017 c.compressed.pdf, accessed 8 June 2018
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• Each team member must provide the interview panel (their team) with a copy of the position they are applying for with the key selection criteria highlighted prior to the interview. This can take the form of an online job advertisement or a detailed position description. Each panel member must then prepare three “behavioral questions” (refer week 10 materials) to ask each interviewee; these should be different (you may not ask other team members the same questions) and must be tailored to the opportunity each applicant is interviewing for. Make sure as many of the key selection criteria are covered in the questions as possible.
• You must arrive 10 minutes early for your interview. You will be invited into the room, as in a real interview. Remember you are being assessed from the moment you enter the room or virtual room. If you are late (as in a real interview situation) you will miss your interview and will be unable to reschedule (except in exceptional circumstances).
• You will have 5 minutes for your interview (per team member) and are required to use the STAR technique to answer the behavioural questions prepared by your team members.
• The interview panel must provide feedback to their team members, including whether based on the application and interview, they would employ the applicant. See Cloud Deakin for a template of peer assessment for use in the report and for giving interview feedback.
In the week 10 seminar you will cover interview skills and providing constructive criticism. Please note that the ability to provide constructive criticism is an essential tool for teamwork and management.
Performance on the day
On the day of the interview make sure you are well prepared, please consider the following:
• Try to appear confident and relaxed – preparation will help. Try to make eye contact with your panel.
• You may not read from notes when you are being interviewed.
• Even though interviews are fairly formal, try to communicate your enthusiasm and let your personality shine through.
• At the end of the interview you may be asked if there is anything you wish to add – this is your opportunity to draw attention to aspects that have not been covered.
• It is quite acceptable to ask for questions to be repeated if you did not hear or understand them. Think about responses carefully without having overly long pauses.
• Avoid ‘yes’ ‘no’ answers.
• Be polite, avoid interrupting and thank interviewers at the end. If your team is attending an on-campus interview you also need to:
• Come dressed for a professional interview and arrive on time (10 minutes before your scheduled interview time).
• Bring your position description and your resume with you. These are to be handed to the MWL101 marking panel member.
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• Consider bringing a recording device (i.e. digital recorder, smart phone) – a recording will help you self-evaluate your interview responses. Ensure your storage is adequate!
If your team is attending a Cloud interview, please refer to the Cloud discussion forums for further information.
Assessment 3: My Application
The written part of Assessment 3 is comprised of five (5) key sections of content that must be addressed. In addition, this is a business report and therefore must be formatted according to the criteria set out in Section 6 of this report.
A separate introduction is not required in Assessment 3.
Section 1: Recruitment Trends
Suggested word count: 400 words. References 3 minimum
Given the increased role of artificial intelligence (AI) in the recruitment process, you are required to write a short article suitable for a platform such as LinkedIn. In your article discuss how and why AI is used in recruitment (at what stages and for what purpose), and give tips and advice to students that will help them achieve their desired graduate role.
One of your tips must be from one of the recruiters who presented at the Week 8 event.
Section 2: My Role and Organisation
Find a work experience role, internship or job opportunity that closely matches your desired employment or career path in your selected industry. Please include a copy of your job description or job advertisement in this section.
You must identify, why you believe this role is suitable for you and why you want to work for this organisation in the following two sections. You must demonstrate that you have researched the organisation and role.
Please note: Suitable positions to apply for will be discussed in the Week 8 seminar and with the Week 8 resources.
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Section 2a: Why this role?
Suggested word count: 200 words (approximately)
You must explain:
1. How this role matches your desired employment or career path and your values and capabilities.
2. Why you are a suitable candidate for this role, you must answer, ‘why should we employ you’ question.
Section 2b: Why this organisation?
Suggested word count: 300 words (approximately) References 3 minimum
You must explain, why you want to work for this organisation, that is you must answer the ‘why do you want to work for us’ question.
To answer this question you are required to show evidence that you have:
1) Researched the organisation you are applying to and have considered:
a) The organisation’s market offering, location of operations, plans for the future and the relevant leaders of the organisation and the position you are applying for.
b) The organisation’s culture and values: for example, their mission/vision, corporate culture and values (internal), their reputation (external)
2) Related this specifically to you, think about your values, strengths, skills and capabilities (professional dashboard) and desired career path.
Please note: Suggestions on where to find this information will be discussed in the Week 8 seminar and with the Week 8 resources.
Section 3: My Application
Suggested word count: 800-1000 words (approximately). As application requirements vary across jobs, we allow flexibility in the word count in this section. Please note: you must write succinctly and will be penalised if you do not do so.
Prepare a tailored application for your role that includes the following elements:
• A customised covering letter or statement of interest (suggested 1 page). Please start your covering letter/statement of interest on a new page.
• A resume, or equivalent like the questions from an online application (maximum of 3 pages). Please start your resume on a new page.
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Your application must:
• Address the selection criteria.
• Fulfil the application process requirements
• Be free from spelling and grammatical errors. Applications will not be considered for the next round in the application process if they have errors.
In addition, you must consider that your application may go through an Applicant Tracking System (artificial intelligence scanner) when writing and formatting your application.
Please note: Applications will be discussed in the Weeks 8 and 9 seminars and with the Week 8 and
Section 4: My Interview Preparation
Suggested word count: 500 words (approximately).
Section 4a: My Interview Responses
Highlight three selection criteria from your role that you consider are your strengths. Prepare examples which highlight your competence in these three areas using the STAR framework (see below)
Situation (Briefly) describe a challenge you were faced with.
Task What were you asked to do to overcome this challenge?
Action What did you do? Logically explain the steps you took.
Result What did you achieve? How was the challenge met? What did you learn? What would you do differently in the future?
Section 4b: My Interview Questions
You are required to prepare three behaviour questions to ask of each of your team members.
• What three behavioural questions did you prepare to ask of each of your team members?
• Why did you select these questions?
Please note: Interview preparation will be discussed in the Week 10 seminar and with the Week
10 resources. STAR responses are discussed in the Week 8 resources.
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Section 5: Reflection
Suggested word count: 500 words (250 words each) (approximately).
5a. My Interview - Reflection
Reflect on your experience with the mock interviews. What did you do well, what areas could you have done better? Why do you think this happened? What would you do differently in future interviews?
5b. My Personal Insight Journey - Reflection
Reflect on this unit and what you have learned about yourself and how this has influenced your career planning. What has changed since the start of the trimester? Consider what you have already done towards becoming job or career ready as a result of this unit.
A separate conclusion is not required for this report.
This is the end of the written part of this assessment item. The information you have gathered and analysed in this report will form the basis for Assessment 3, My Application. Please see Section 6 for important presentation and formatting instructions.
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Section 6: Presentation and Formatting
Assignments must be submitted as WORD documents only. Assignments submitted using other file types WILL NOT BE MARKED. Microsoft Word is available to students free of charge, please see: http://software.deakin.edu.au/
The assessment must be presented in a Business report format. Tips on how to structure a business report can be found here: http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/studying/study-support/academic-skills/report-writing. As a business report, it is expected that your work will be free from errors (spelling and grammatical). It is strongly recommended that you proof read your work and use a grammar and spell check application prior to submission.
You must include the following sections in your report:
• Title page
• Table of Contents
• 1. Recruitment Trends
• 2. My Role & Organisation
• 3. My Application
• 4. My Interview Preparation
• 5. Reflection
• 6. References
Please note, an Executive Summary is not required for this assessment item.
Use clear, precise language for all sections. Business writing requires the author to write for a business audience.
How do I create a Table of Contents?
Please see the Assessment 1 Brief.
Although not typical for business reports, as this report is a personal review it is appropriate to write in the first person (e.g. ‘I’, ‘me’).
Font and Line Spacing
Use a clear font such as Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri or Tahoma. Text font size should be 12 pt. Any tables or diagrams should be 10 pt.
All reports must use 1.5 or double line spacing.
Headings and subheadings must be bold.
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The word limit for this assessment is 2500-3000 words. This does not include Cover Page, Table of Contents, all tables and figures, the Reference List and any appendices. The word limit does include all headings within the report and all in-text citations.
Students must correctly use the Harvard style of referencing. A minimum of 6 (six) good quality references are required in this assessment. Please make sure that the references are current. News articles, industry websites, industry publications and academic journal articles from the last 24 months are recommended.
Your work must be submitted as a MS Word document (no PDF).
You must keep a backup copy of every assessment you submit, until the marked assessment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assessments is misplaced, you will need to submit your backup copy.
Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism.
When you are required to submit an assessment through your CloudDeakin unit site, you will receive an email to your Deakin email address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that you can see your assessment in the Submissions view of the Assignment dropbox folder after upload, and check for, and keep, the email receipt for the submission.
Please note: when your submission is being marked, the Assignment dropbox will be hidden. You will not be able to view your submission during this time.
Extensions to the dates for submission of this Assessment will be considered only if a written request with supporting documentation is submitted and negotiated with the Unit Chair. Extensions can be granted for documented serious illness (not just on the day the assignment is due!) or for compassionate reasons under special circumstances. The Unit Chair can ask to see how much work has been completed before granting an extension. You will be asked to provide evidence to support your request.
Work or holiday reasons or other assessments are NOT grounds for an extension – you are expected to manage these issues as part of your studies. You are strongly encouraged to start early and to continually backup your assessment as you progress. Computer crashes or corrupted files will NOT be accepted as valid reasons for an extension of any length.
You may find further information about this at the Special Consideration webpage. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an extension/late submission query.
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There is no separate Turnitin link in the MWL101 Assessment area. You can submit your draft Assessment to the practice Turnitin dropbox on the UniStart CloudDeakin site to check your originality percentage as many times as you like prior to the actual submission date and time.
Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious breaches of academic integrity. They are forms of cheating, and severe penalties are associated with them, including cancellation of marks for a specific assessment, for a specific unit or even exclusion from the course. If you are ever in doubt about how to properly use and cite a source of information, consult your lecturer or Study Support
• Plagiarism occurs when a student passes off as the student’s own work, or copies without acknowledgement as to its authorship, the work of any other person or resubmits their own work from a previous assessment task.
• Collusion occurs when a student obtains the agreement of another person for a fraudulent purpose, with the intent of obtaining an advantage in submitting an assessment or other work.
Work submitted may be reproduced and/or communicated by the University for the purpose of assuring academic integrity of submissions.
For more information about academic misconduct, special consideration, extensions, and assessment feedback, please refer to the document Your rights and responsibilities as a student in this Unit in the first folder next to the Unit Guide of the Resources area in the CloudDeakin unit site.
Can I recycle my own work?
Students are not permitted to recycle their assessment work, or parts of assessment work, without the approval of the Unit Chair of their current Unit. This includes work submitted for assessment at another academic institution. If students wish to reuse or extend parts of previously submitted work, then they should discuss this with the Unit Chair prior to the submission date. Depending on the nature of the task, the Unit Chair may permit or decline the request.
Note that for Assessment 3, you will rely on information developed for Assessment 1 and 2. Notes
• For more information about academic misconduct, special consideration, extensions, and assessment feedback, please refer to the document Your rights and responsibilities as a student in this Unit in the first folder next to the Unit Guide of the Resources area in the CloudDeakin unit site.
• Building evidence of your experiences, skills and knowledge (Portfolio) - Building a portfolio that evidences your skills, knowledge and experience will provide you with a valuable tool to help you prepare for interviews and to showcase to potential employers. There are a number of tools that you can use to build a portfolio. You are provided with cloud space through OneDrive, or through the Portfolio tool in the Cloud Unit Site, but you can use any storage
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repository system that you like. Remember that a Portfolio is YOUR tool. You should be able to store your assessment work, reflections, achievements and artefacts in YOUR Portfolio. Once you have completed this assessment piece, add it to your personal Portfolio to use and showcase your learning later, when applying for jobs, or further studies. Curate your work by adding meaningful tags to your artefacts that describe what the artefact represents.
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