A proposed set of interviewing guidelines for the Northern Illinois University student
Alvey, James H.
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The problem was a study of the techniques and skills involved in a successful interview. Through an analysis of two separate questionnaires and discussion periods the important techniques and skills were noted. The three methods used proved successful in discovering the important techniques and skills desired by the interviewers at Northern Illinois University. The study was conceived because of the employment crisis which had confronted the student at this time. The employment crisis was elaborated on in the purpose and significance of the study. The study covered a duration of nine months from September of 1969 to April of 1970; and it was not intended to reflect the more affluent period for job employment of 1968 and early 1969. The first method that was used to discover an answer for the problem was a questionnaire given to the interviewer. The questionnaire covered three areas: (1) overall evaluation, (2) student strong points, and (3) student weak points. The second method was another questionnaire. This time, the questionnaire was given to the student. The interviewee was then asked to evaluate four areas: (1) the interviewer as a person, (2) the interview, (3) the company image, and (4) the total picture. The third method was a discussion period with selected interviewers. Each discussion period lasted from thirty minutes to an hour. The discussion period asked a total of fourteen questions which covered the following areas: (1) the interviewer, (2) the interviewee, and (3) conditions of the interview. In the summary, a set of guidelines for interviewing were proposed for the Northern Illinois University Student. The merit of the application of these guidelines was dependent upon the student's motivation, intuitive adaptability, and his own self-analysis.