Date of Award

1979

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Ted Ivarie

Abstract

The interview has been the "nerve center" in the hiring process for many years. The job interview has been defined by Heck and O'Neil (1976) as "A process of mutual inquiry between two individuals involving transmission and evaluation of information. Thus, the interview is a direct and mutual process of sharing and evaluating information" (p. 10).

Efficient utilization of an employment interview requires a clear definition of the specific purposes of the interview. First, the interview process is used as a preliminary screening to determine whether a more extensive interview is needed. Second, the interview is used as a primary selection device to dwell further on the characteristics and qualifications of the applicant (Kenter, Lipsett, 1964).

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