Sinclair Community College
Communication Arts Department

Policies and Procedures

COM-235 - Fall 2007
Principles of Interviewing

David Bodary, Ph.D.       Phone: 512-2572         Faculty office: 2-222B


Office Hours: Monday Wednesday & Friday 11:00-12:00; TuTh 10:00-11:00 and by appointment

Description of the Course:

This course focuses on the development of effective interviewing skills for both interviewer and interviewee. Learners will participate in numerous in-class graded interviews, including: information-gathering/probing, recruitment/employment, and performance appraisal. Guest speakers when possible will be utilized to illuminate the role of interviewing in organizations. Assessment includes three interviews, two examinations and classroom exercises/discussions. Students will gain feedback for improvement from self-, peer- and faculty critiques (3 semester hours).

Purpose of the Course:

To prepare you to become a competent communicator in interviewing situations professionally and socially through exposure to relevant theory, personal application, and self, peer and instructor assessment.

Objectives of the Course:

         Identify, explain, and apply general theoretical principles related to interviewing including the major types of interviews, the parties involved in interviews, the roles enacted during interviews, the role of perception in interviews, and the nature of communication interactions.

         Identify the functions and techniques for the three major components of an interview: the opening, the body, and the closing.

         Construct an interview guide containing a variety of primary and secondary questions following a sequence appropriate for the purpose of the interview.

         With partner(s), engage in the following specialized interviews: journalistic/probing interview, an employment interview and a performance appraisal interview.

         Prepare a job description, cover letter, and resume for a position defined in-class.

         Answer questions during an employment interview based on the job description, cover letter, and resume you create.

         Prepare a selection interview guide based on a job description you create along with a cover letter, and resume constructed by one of your peers.

         Conduct a selection interview following appropriate EEO laws and interviewing principles discussed in the course.

         Provide feedback to a classmate regarding their interview skills following appropriate guidelines for performance appraisal interviewing.


Stewart, C. J. & Cash, W. B. (2006). Interviewing: Principles and Practices, 11th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN-13 9780072987768

Assignment Expectations:

         Three interviews are required including informational/probing, recruitment/employment and performance appraisal.

         Two exams utilizing primarily multiple choice and essay questions to assess progress toward content mastery.

         Type written material including self-critiques and interview schedules for all major interviews.

         In class assignments as deemed necessary.

         Late assignments will receive a full letter grade decrease for each class period late. Materials are no longer accepted when one week past due date.

         Late or no show/no call scheduled interviews will receive point deductions of at least 10%.

         Interviews in this class will be recorded. The purchase of a writable CD is required. You will be expected to critique your own and others’ interview skills.

General education:

This course views communication (both oral and written), thinking, values, community and citizenship as essential life skills. You will be expected to submit written materials in a professional format, including appropriate consideration toward ethics, organization, punctuation, spelling and critical thinking. You are encouraged to recognize values inherent in the interviewing process, as well as, your ethical responsibilities for what and how you communicate.


As a learner in this course you are expected to submit your best work. Any student engaging in plagiarism will be failed for the course. This simply means your work must be your own, take pride in it. Document borrowed material according to appropriate style guides as taught in English composition. Resumes, interview schedules, papers and self-critiques must be your own original work and should reference borrowed materials as appropriate.

Grading Scale:

I use a standard scale for this course. To determine your grade at any point in the quarter simply divide the number of points you've earned by the number of points possible so far. For instance 400/500 = an 80%.

A = 90 - 100%; B = 80 - 89%; C = 70 - 79%; D = 60 - 69 % and below a 60 is an F.



         We will learn by doing in this class. Your attendance is essential to your learning. Contact me via e-mail before class if you are unable to attend. Missing class will result in the loss of 8 points from you attendance grade. There are fifty attendance points possible.

         If you miss more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the class meetings without adequate medical documentation you can be failed for the course. This equates to missing no more than 6 classes for this class which meets three times a week. Students can be administratively withdrawn for failing to attend class regardless of the reason. Excessive absenses or tardiness will impact your final grade. Serious learners come to class prepared and on-time.

         The student is responsible to identify missed material and be prepared for the next class. Call a classmate for material.

Educational Support:

         I will make every effort to help students before, and during class, additional assistance is available by appointment. Use of e-mail ( is highly encouraged.

         Students are responsible for informing the instructor of their learning needs.


Research has revealed that the more people are involved in their education the more they get out of it. This means that when students ask questions, and actively engage in classroom discussions they learn more and retain what they learn longer. So ask and answer, you will find the time spent extremely valuable.


In this unlikely instance of an accident or serious medical illness the grade of "I" (Incomplete) can be given. The unfinished exam or assignment must be completed within the first thirty (30) days of the next term. Incompletes are not given out often, the circumstances must be extraordinarily serious. An agreement of the terms of the incomplete must be signed by both the student and instructor and on file before semester end in order for an incomplete to be granted.

Campus police and security:

The Sinclair Campus Police officers are members of a fully certified police department. This means they are fully authorized to enforce all federal, state and local laws. The most common campus crime relates to theft of unattended property. You are reminded to keep your belongings with you at all times or lock them in lockers available through the Student Government office. If you need to report a crime or locate lost items you should contact the Sinclair Campus Police Department at 512-2700.


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