chapter  14
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Teaching Interviewing

The interviewing course has become commonplace in the curricula of colleges and universities. Interviewing is a practical course that attracts students and is fun to teach. It is easy to motivate students, most of whom are juniors and seniors with some relevant interviewing experiences, and to generate insightful and lively class discussions. Unfortunately, students often enroll in interviewing courses expecting to be transformed quickly and easily into effective job applicants. Interviewing to them means employment interviewing and “being interviewed.” They yearn for simple steps and correct answers to frequently asked questions and are eager to get into interviews with little or no reading and study of theory that is not real world. Students object to written examinations in interviewing courses because they believe firmly that practice makes perfect, even when they do not know what they should be practicing.