Kansas FFA Association

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Job Interview Career Development Event

The Kansas FFA Job Interview Career Development Event is designed for FFA members to develop, practice, and demonstrate skills needed in seeking employment in the agricultural industry. Each part of the event simulates "real world" activities that will be used by real world employees.

Event Rules

  1. The Job Intervew CDE will be limited to three participants per district.
  2. The Job Interview CDE will only be for an FFA member enrolled in (a) Secondary Agricultural Education class(es).
  3. Students will be in official dress during the event.
  4. Each participant's cover letter, resume and application will be the result of his or her own efforts.
  5. Participants will also include a signed letter, with the materials mail, that states the information provided reflects his or her current skills and abilities.
  6. Participants shall be ranked in numerical order on the basis of the final score to be determined by each judge without consultation. The judges' ranking of each participant then shall be added and the winner will be that participant whose total ranking is the lowest. Other placings will be determined in the same manner.
  7. The event coordinator will be in charge of the contest.

CDE Format

  1. EQUIPMENT
    1. Students are allowed to bring the following items into the event:
      1. Writing Utensils
      2. Blank paper
      3. Resumes
      4. Cover letter
      5. List of references
      6. Business cards
  2. ACTIVITIES
    1. The event is developed to help participants in their current agricultural related job search (for SAE projects, part-time and full time employment). Therefore, the cover letter, resume, and references submitted by the participant must reflect their current skills and abilities and must be targeted toward a job for which they would like to apply. In other words, participants cannot develop a fictitious resume for a fictitious job. Instead, they are expected to target the resume towards a real job for which they can qualified. The participant will submit the following:
      1. Cover Letter (Points 100)
        1. Five copies of a single-spaced 8 ½" X 11" white standard bond paper letter of intent. This paper is to be single sided, block justified using Times, Times New Roman or Arial 12 point minimum font.
        2. Letter is to be addressed to the event coordinator and dated for the day of the event.
          Mr. Brooks Hetle
          Kansas State University
          110 Umberger Hall
          Manhattan KS 66506
        3. Score from the preliminary round will be transferred to the scorecard for those participants who participate in the final round.
      2. Resume (Points 150)
        1. Five copies of a single-spaced 8 ½" X 11" white standard bond paper (do not use cardstock, color or specialty paper for the event). The resume is to be single sided only, typed not to exceed two pages total. Suggested format can be found in The Gregg Reference Manual.
        2. Resume must be non-fictitious and based upon their work history.
        3. li> Students are to submit three letters of reference.

At the State FFA Career Development Event the following will be completed:

  1. Application (Points - 50)
    1. Students will complete a standard job application on-site prior to the personal interview. Score from the preliminary round will be transferred to the scorecard for those participants who participate in the final round. Twenty minutes will be given.
    2. Personal Interview (Points - 450)
      1. A panel of judges will interview the contestant. Each interview will last no longer than twenty minutes.
      2. Students in the final round will interveiw with three seperate judges.
    3. Follow Up Letter (Points - 100)
      1. Participants will submit a follow up letter after the interview. Students will be provided computers with word processing application (Microsoft Word) to compose and type a follow up letter. If the computers are not available, the follow up letter will be hand written. Thirty minutes will be given.
      2. Letter is to be addressed to the Career Development Event coordinator, and should be a response to their most recent interview.

Awards

Awards will be presented to the top ten individuals as follows: 1st - 10th certificates.

Tiebreakers

Ties will be broken based on the greatest number of low ranks. Participant's low ranks will be counted and the participant with the greatest number of low ranks will be declared the winner. If a tie still exists, then the event superintendent will rank the participant's response to questions. The participant with the greatest number of low ranks from the response to questions will be declared the winner.

References

See National FFA Job Interview rules and format.

Scoring

The event participants are all evaluated in the preliminary round. Those 4 students with the top scores will participate in the final round. The participants will have scores from their cover letter, resume, application and telephone interview carried into the final round.

Preliminary Round Section Points
Cover letter 100
Resume 150
Application 50
Personal Interview 450
Preliminary Follow up Letter 100
TOTAL POSSIBLE 850
 
Final Round Section Points
Cover letter carried over 100
Resume carried over 150
Application carried over 50
Final Round Personal Interview 450
Final Follow up Letter 100
TOTAL POSSIBLE 850