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Kristin Louise Gustafson
COM 351
Seattle Campus

Interviewing Principles and Practices

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.

Class description

The educational mission of the Department of Communicationís undergraduate study is to prepare students for the challenges of a society that is informed, entertained, persuaded, and shaped by communication. The Interviewing Principles & Practices course advances the departmentís mission to nurture socially responsible, literate citizens who can interpret and evaluate the images and messages they create and receive. It offers a venue where students can learn to think critically, respect diversity, communicate effectively, and develop the skills needed for the life-long learning that is central to successful careers and rewarding lives. COM 351 is a 5-credit course designed to provide an overview of interview principles, methods, roles, and types. By the end of the quarter, you should be able to:

Student learning goals

Explain the interview situation as a communicative event

Determine what interview questions and responses are best for various interview types

Critically examine the interviewing process

Effectively perform as an interviewer and an interviewee

Develop tools that contribute to interviewing, including a job-specific resume and cover letter

Recognize and respond to ethical aspects of interviewing.

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kristin Louise Gustafson
Date: 10/12/2007