Courtney N. Johnson
Interviewing principles and practices, with emphasis on information gathering, selection, and persuasive interviews. Purposes and types of interviews, structure of interviews, and influence of communication patterns on interview outcomes.
This five-credit course offers an overview of interviewing practices and techniques. Although we might commonly think of interviewing in a journalistic context, its usefulness as a skill extends far beyond reporting. Having experience as both an interviewer and an interviewee will help you in job interviews, performance reviews, research, or any other situation where you might need to gather information from another person.
Required Text: Charles J. Stewart & William B. Cash, Jr. Interviewing: Principles and Practices, 13th Ed. (2011).
Student learning goals
Describe an interview as a communicative event
Construct clear and effective interview questions for a variety of interviewing situations
Provide clear and informative answers to interviewer questions
Remain confident, composed, and respectful during an interview
Adapt to the changing dynamics that occur during an interview
Craft a professional résumé and cover letter
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading