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Title: Interview Skills Training in the Chemical Engineering Laboratory: Transporting a Pilot Project PDF
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Creator: Sharp, Julie
Publisher: American Society for Engineering Education
Description: Engineering students entering the workforce must be prepared with excellent technical communication skills. Obtaining a desirable job requires certain skills in job search communication, one subset of which is interviewing. In addition to being prepared for the standard face-to-face interview, graduates need, now more than ever, to be prepared for the telephone interview. Companies have increased their use of the telephone interview, particularly as a first screening to select job candidates. For the last six years, job search communication has been a part of technical communication instruction in a senior chemical engineering laboratory (ChE 229w). A new project was recently initiated to improve students interviewing skills, providing a transition from school to the workplace. While engineering educators have devised several ways for tapping the resource of industry, 1- 3 this project, a mock telephone interview, paired engineering students with engineering alumni in the workforce to prepare students for the job search. This newly initiated project, conducted for two semesters currently, was adapted from a pilot project in a technical communication course (ES 210w) for all engineering majors, composed of students at all levels with the majority being juniors and seniors. The purpose was to train students in the interview process and to give them practical experience, particularly in answering behavioral interview questions by telephone. A secondary purpose was to provide opportunity for future networking with alumni should the students so desire. This paper describes the ChE 229w mock interview project and briefly compares the current two-semester pilot project to results from four semesters of the ongoing ES210w project. The project includes students e-mail correspondence with alumni, an interview training workshop, an interview chart assignment for skills analysis, the telephone interview including questions and a critique, a memo summary of the interview (first semester only), and the students thank-you note to the mentor. The following report describes the partial results currently available: participants ratings and the students self-assessment of instructional objectives, specifically those pertaining to interviewing skills.
LC Classification: Bibliography. Library science. Information resources (General) -- Subject bibliography -- Education -- Special topics, A-Z -- Engineering education
Technology -- Chemical technology -- Chemical engineering
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Vocational Education -- Trade and industrial
Date Issued: 2008
Resource Type: Instructional Materials
Reading Materials
Science Materials
Format: pdf
Audience: College/University Instructors
Higher Education
Secondary Education
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
University Second Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: American Society for Engineering Education
Access Rights: Free access
Date Of Record Release: 2009-08-18 03:00:02 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2012-06-05 15:40:24 (W3C-DTF)
Source Type: ATE Center
Source: National Center for Manufacturing Education
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