Jennifer R. Mcclearen
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.
Interviewing is a communicative process that requires thoughtful preparation, strong interpersonal skills, flexibility, and critical thinking skills in order to be effective. All of these attributes may be applied to a variety of interview situations within various career fields, such as journalism, healthcare, academic research, sales, etc. Moreover, well-developed interviewing skills as an interviewee can give a candidate a distinct advantage in the job search. Through the development of a theoretical foundation and the in-class practice of the art of interviewing, this course will help you cultivate interviewing skills that will be valuable for a variety of purposes in your chosen careers.
COM 351 is a 5-credit course designed to provide an overview of interview principles, methods, roles, and types. In successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
Student learning goals
Describe an interview as a communicative event
Construct clear and effective interview questions for a variety of interview situations
Provide clear and informative answers to interviewer questions
Adapt to the changing dynamics that occur during an interview
Construct a professional, job-specific resume and cover letter
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading