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Jennifer R. Mcclearen
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

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

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 Jennifer R. Mcclearen
Date: 09/23/2012