CA200 Interviewing Theories & Practice

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CA 200 Interviewing Theories & Practice


SP 2010 HO


Norris, Virgil "Rusty"


Senior Instructor of Communication Arts/Adjunct Faculty


MA: Communication & Leadership (in progress), Park University
MLA: Social Science concentration, Baker University
BA: Liberal Arts, Park University

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Office Hours

Before and after class or by appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

1/11/10 - 5/7/10

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours


Powell, L & Amsbary, J. (2006). Interviewing: Situations and Contexts, 1st ed. Boston: Allyn & Bacon (Pearson). ISBN: 6205401953. ISBN-13: 9780205401956.

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Course Description:
CA200 - Interviewing Theories and Practice.
Development and analysis of the interviewing process from the viewpoints of the interviewer and the interviewee. Consideration is given to strategies, ethics, the interview as a management tool, and a broad understanding of the communication variables involved in the interviewing context. Both practical and theoretical perspectives are examined. 3:0:3

Class Assessment:
Self-evaluation, resume, and cover letter. 50 points. 5% of course grade
Includes completion of a personal skills/goals inventory, a current resume, and a cover letter for a specific job (real or imagined). Resume and cover letter must follow the latest recommendations for success as presented in class. Resume and cover letter will later be used for mock employment interview.

Employment interview: applicant. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Student will be interviewed by another student in a mock job interview. Applicant will be responsible for providing a prep sheet to the recruiter which incorporates a variety of information about the specific job, company, and field. Form will be provided in class. Student will be expected to dress and behave as for a real job interview.

Employment interview: recruiter. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Student will conduct a mock job interview of another student. Recruiter will be responsible for following     
EEOC guidelines, incorporating job specific information provided by applicant, and selecting appropriate
challenge questions for the applicant. Student will be expected to dress and behave as for a real job interview.

Research interview and report. 200 points. 20% of course grade
Student will be responsible for conducting a research interview. A written report of the interview experience and the information gained will be required. Research topic, primary questions, and focus of the interview must be pre-approved by the instructor.

Journalistic interview & submission of article for Stylus. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Student will be responsible for conducting an appropriate journalistic interview and submitting an article for the Stylus based on the interview. Topic should be of interest to the Park student population. Article need not be accepted for publication, but it will be submitted for publication.

Guest interview questions. 50 points. 5% of course grade
Student will prepare appropriate interview questions for one of the guest speakers.

Quizzes. 100 points. 10% of course grade
Weekly quizzes on chapters and other learning assignments.

Final Exam. 100 points. 10% of course grade
This will be a comprehensive exam.

Participation. 200 points. 20% of course grade
This is a highly interactive class, requiring significant participation in role plays, mock interviews, group discussions, etc. Students are expected to be prepared to discuss assigned reading material and to be involved with all other activities.


 Self-evaluation, resume, and cover letter  50  5
 Job interview: Applicant
 100  10
 Job interview: Recruiter
 100  10
 Research interview report
 200  20
 Journalistic interview & submission of article for Stylus  100  10
 Guest interview questions  50  5
 Quizzes  100  10
 Final Exam  100  10
 Participation  200  20
 TOTAL  1000  100

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Contact the instructor in advance about any late submissions. The instructor reserves the right to accept no late submissions for credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Communication Devices
All communication devices must be turned off, or set on silent, during the class session. No phone calls or text messages are to be sent or received without the instructor's permission.

If you are expecting an important message, notify the instructor in advance. You must have permission from the instructor to answer messages during class.

CAUTION: If I see a cell phone in your hand during class, without prior permission from me, you will lose all participation points for the day.

Computer Use
The use of your computer for taking notes during class sessions is encouraged. Online research directly related to the class discussion is acceptable within reason. Communicating with friends, playing games, or randomly surfing the net is NOT permitted. If I suspect your activity is not class related, I may request that you sit at the front of the class where I can monitor your computer usage.
Respect for every member of the class must be maintained at all times. Disagreements are natural and may occur, but respect must still be maintained.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

 1  1/12  Course Introduction & Basics of Interviewing
 Read: Chapter 1
   1/14      Quiz
 2  1/19  Interpersonal Communication & Interviewing
  Read: Chapter 2  
   1/21      Quiz
 3  1/26  Employment Interviews: Recruiting and Hiring
  Read: Chapter 3  
   1/28      Guest: Layne Prenger

 4  2/2  Employment Interviews: Applying and Being Interviewed
  Read: Chapter 4 Guest: Layne Prenger
   2/4   Employment mock interviews.
 Due: Self-eval, resume, & cover letter.

 5  2/9     Read: Chapter 5
Employment mock interviews.
   2/11  Negotiation  Employment mock interviews.  Quiz
 6  2/16  Radio & Television Interviews
  Read: Chapter 7
Employment mock interviews.
   2/18      Guest: Steve Youngblood

 7  2/23  Newspaper Interviews
  Read: Chapter 8  Guest
 8  3/2  Political Interviews
 Read: Chapter  9
   3/4      Journalistic interview & Stylus article.

 BREAK  3/9
 9  3/16  Research Interviews
  Read: Chapters 10-11  
   3/18      Guest: Lora Cohn

 10  3/23  Oral History Interviews
  Read: Chapter 12  
   3/25      Quiz
 11  3/30  Police Interviews
  Read: Chapter 13
 Guest: Steve Topi
   4/1      Quiz
 12  4/6  Legal Interviews
  Read: Chapter 14
   4/8      Quiz
 13  4/13  Medical Interviews
  Read: Chapter 15
   4/15  NO CLASS
 Out of class assignment TBA
 14  4/20  Counseling Interviews
  Read: Chapter 16
 Research Interview Report
   4/22      Quiz
 15  4/27  Catch-up    
   4/29   Review for Final

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

NOTE: All suspected incidents of academic dishonesty will be examined closely. Penalties will reflect the severity of the infraction, including the potential for failing the course.

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

NOTE: All suspected incidents of plagiarism will be examined closely. Penalties will reflect the severity of the infraction, including the potential for failing the course.

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Disability Guidelines:
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