Virtual Interview Contest

The Interview Contest is a popular event that gives 4-H members an opportunity to practice the real-life skills needed to apply for a job. Participants prepare a resumé and cover letter for a job they choose from the Interview Contest Job Descriptions. Evaluators review their performance during a mock interview and give constructive feedback using a standard evaluation rubric.


  1. Specific time slots will be decided jointly by youth & contest coordinators after the registration deadline, between May 18-31. 
  2. Evaluation forms will be emailed by June 12 by the contest coordinator. Certificates and pins will be mailed to UCCE 4-H county offices by June 30 (depending on shelter-in-place restrictions).

Eligibility: All 4-H members (age 9 to 18); no qualification is needed.

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Register by May 13, 2020 by 5:00pm

California 4-H Interview Contest Manual

This manual is a complete guidebook containing rules, procedures and helpful hints for a successful interview. It also contains sample interview questions, sample job descriptions, judging rubrics and supporting materials for preparing for an interview. 

Participants are encouraged to review the tips, interview questions, judging rubrics and supporting materials provided in the California 4-H Interview Contest Manual.

Interview Contest

Interview Contest (2018)
Step 1: Choose a job

Choose one of the three jobs listed in your age category. Make sure to review the full job descriptions.

2020 Integrated File - Interview Contest Job Descriptions

Step 2: Develop a resumé

Include real-life experiences (education, work, activities, etc.) that demonstrate your qualifications for the job selected.

Step 3: Write a cover letter

Your cover letter should explain why you should be considered for the job selected.

Step 4: Register for the contest and upload resume and cover letter.

Register by May 13, 2020 by 5:00pm

Step 5: Show-up for your interview. Dress appropriately to the interview

Appropriate dress includes 4-H uniform or attire appropriate for a job interview as outlined in the Interview Contest Manual.

Interview Technology

After registering, youth will receive a confirmation for their time block with a virtual meeting platform link. Youth are encouraged to log in 15-minutes in advance to ensure their webcam, mic, and speakers are working. During their scheduled time block, youth will log on with a computer/tablet or smart phone and present in front of a camera/webcam. 

Required equipment:

  • Computer/Tablet with webcam, microphone, and speakers and wifi connection
  • Or ¨ smart phone with camera

The Zoom app should be installed on the computer/tablet or smart phone. Download the software at Video tutorials are available at

HINT: Youth may want to sign-up for a free Zoom account to practice at home!

Check Your Tech Prepare to Participate
  1. Connect and test your Zoom audio.
  2. If you’re calling in, enter your participant ID number to link your computer and phone. Find it next to your name in the “Participants” sidebar.  On your phone, press # [number] # to connect.
  3. Activate your camera.
  4. Use Zoom’s Gallery View to see the whole group.
  5. If you need tech help, type [Room Host Name] in the Zoom chat box for assistance.
  • Remain on-camera at all times (Except if you are experiencing Internet bandwidth issues).
  • Remain available-to-be-on-mic. Mute while others are speaking/presenting, but be ready to participate.
  • Turn devices to airplane mode and close other windows on your computer to avoid distractions.
  • Use the phrase “I’m complete…” or “I’m done…” when done speaking.
  • Use nonverbal tools in Zoom to raise your hand.

Helpful Zoom tips

ZORMS (Zoom meeting norms and good practices)  

  • Zoom allows for connection through computer/table where audio (mic & speakers) are connected to the computer. Zoom also allows for hybrid connections where the computer/table captures video but one can call-in over traditional phone network for audio. This is useful in situations where the Internet speed/bandwidth is slow; users can have higher quality sound by calling in on a phone but continue to see and share video through their computer/tablet.
  • Those who call in through their phone need to press *6 to mute or unmute.
  • Those connecting via computer/tablet need to know how to adjust their mic and sound. There are two sets of controls for mic and speaker settings: (1) those in the computer setting itself, and (2) another setting in the zoom meeting room. The zoom meeting room settings are found in the lower left corner of the screen. Make sure the correct microphone and speaker are selected for your device.
Competition Coordinators
Vera Bullard 
Stephanie Barrett