CA200 Interviewing Theories & Practice

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CA 200 Interviewing Theories & Practice


F1J 2012 PV


Davison, Eric M.


Adjunct Faculty


MBA - Baylor University, Waco, TX University
MBA - Baylor University, Waco, TX University

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After class or by appointment

Daytime Phone

(816) 513-1063

Other Phone

(816) 728-3660 - cell


Semester Dates

Fall 1 2012

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 10:00 PM

Credit Hours


Stewart and Cash. Interviewing: Principles and Practices. 13th Edition. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill 2006.

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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

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on open, unfettered dialogue, lectures, examiniations, writings and hands-on practice of the skills taught. The instructor will encourage your input and expect you to share and incorporate your previous experiences and thoughts into the discussions.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. To gain an appreciation for the impact that interviewing skills will have on your career.
  2. To develp the ability to utilize interviewing techniques as a powerful management tool in the recruitment/selection process.
  3. To acquire the skill necessary to formulate interview questions that elicit information useful in the decision-making process and to effectively evaluate and assess participants in the interview process.
Class Assessment:
 Exam 1    100 points
Final Exam    200 points
-Exams will generally incorporate the following types of questions: multiple choice, true/false, and short answer
Attendance    100 points
Participation    100 points
--Participation points will be earned by taking an active role in classroom discussions, sharing relevant experiences, asking questions of your instructor and of your peers, taking part in mock interview situations in class, etc.
Homework assignments 100 points
--In addition to the required readings, two homework assignments will be assigned throughout the course of the term - each will be worth fifty points. The first assignment will be to write a resume for yourself that you could use in a job interview. This should be done in a neat, professional manner and thoroughly highlight your work history, educational background, etc. The second assignment will be for each student to watch an interview being conducted in the media - Fox Cable News, C-Span, CNN News, 60 Minutes, etc. You will need to submit a paper of at least two pages in length that gives a brief summary of the interview, what you believe to be the goals of the interview, what worked well in the interview and what could have been done better, i.e. an analysis/ critique of the interview. Each homework assignment will be worth 50 points and will be graded on thoroughness, neatness, grammatical correctness, creative thought, etc.
Mock Employment Interview 100 points
--I will divide the class up into teams of two people. Each team will randomly be given a brief synopsis of a job classification. Each team will be required to present an actual job interview for that particular position - one of the team members acting as interviewer and the other as interviewee. The interview will be presented to the entire class; due to time constraints please keep your presentation to no more than 15 minutes. The team will be graded on the actual presentation and a paper submitted that gives a brief overview of the interview and a list of the interview questions and answers. The presentation and the paper submitted will each be worth 50 points.
Final Interview Project* 300 points

*The final interview project will be a case study that consists of a comprehensive paper as well as a formal mock interview that will be conducted in class. Fifty percent of the project grade will be based on a formal written paper. The other half of the grade will be based on the in-class presentation, including the actual interview.

The paper should include the following components:

-an overview of the organization conducting the interview

-a list of the individuals involved, including a brief overview of their responsibilities within the organization

-a job description or similar document detailing the specific goals/expected outcomes

-any other ancillary goals, expectations or concerns specific to the interview that should be considered within the context of the specific interview

-a list of questions that will be used in the interview

For the in-class presentation, an overview of the project will be presented and the interview will be conducted in class by the members of the group.

The following grading scale will be used:

900 – 1000 points = A

800 – 899 points = B

700 – 799 points = C

600 – 699 points = D
Less than 600 points = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

No assignment will be accepted late without a valid excuse. Late papers or assignments automatically lose 1/10 of the total available point value. If you fail to take the final exam when scheduled or fail to present your final project when assigned, you will receive zero points for that portion of your overall grade. Assignments for extra credit will generally not be assigned nor accepted. If you miss the mid-term exam you will need to make arrangements with the instructor to “make-up” the test. A penalty of one grade level will be assessed.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. Out of courtesy to your peers and to your instructor you are expected to be punctual in arriving to class as well as returning from breaks.
2.  Pagers and cell phones should not be allowed to disturb the class and only used in emergency situations, preferably during breaks. Text messaging during class is not appropriate and will affect your participation grade.
3. To encourage open and meaningful discussion it is important that everyone be respectful of the ideas and comments of their peers and act accordingly.

4. As one of the purposes of your education is to prepare you for your professional career or to enhance your current career, all aspects of your learning experience should be conducted in the appropriate manner. All assignments should be completed in a neat, organized, grammatically correct, professional manner. Failure to do so will affect your grade.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1   Get acquainted Chapters 1-4

     Course overview

      Introduction to interviewing

      The structure of the interview

      Questions in the interview process

2   Overview of the employment interview Chapters 7-8

Discuss behavioral interviewing

Introduce interview project

3   Continuation of employment interviews

Lequal considerations
Submit homework assignment # 1: your personal resume. Bring enough copies for everyone in class.
As a group we will discuss this important document to assist students in improving the resume.

In-class employment interview exercise. - This will not be graded but will count toward your participation grade.

4   Mid Term Exam

Performance management interviews Chapter 9

The probing interview Chapter 5
Discuss the mock interview assignment - teams of two will be formed and the job classifications will be distributed.
5    Work on the mock employment interview assignment.
      The counseling interview Chapter 12
      Return graded mid-term exam
6.    Mock employment interviews will be presented to the class. The accompanying papers will be turned in at this time
      The health care interview Chapter 13
7    The Survey interview Chapter 6
      The Persuasive interview Chapter 10
      Homework assignment #2 - the interview critique - is due at the beginning of this class period.
      Review for final exam, time permitting.

8    Presentation of mock interviews for final project; turn in final paper

      Final exam
This syllabus is tentative and may change at the discretion of the instructor.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

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