ERIC Number: ED300744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Perceptions of Preparedness of NIU Students for On-Campus Interviewing and the Factors Identified as Significant in Their Preparation. An Evaluative Research Study.
Mosser, John W.
Preparation for employment beyond the academic training colleges provide is an area of essential skills most students need to develop. This study sought to determine student perceptions of the factors that were significant in their preparation for on-campus interviews and of the helpfulness of the Northern Illinois University's Career Planning and Placement Center (CPPC) services they received. Student subjects (N=46) who were selected by recruiting organizations to interview filled out a questionnaire assessing background data, career preparation services used, preparedness for interviewing, and suggestions for improving placement center services. Results implied the following: (1) students who had used CPPC felt it had a positive effect on their feeling of preparedness for interviewing; (2) resume workshops were perceived as helpful, but students may not have been able to apply the concepts taught; (3) the CPPC interviewing techniques workshop was perceived as an effective aid; (4) counseling by CPPC appeared to be responsive to student needs; (5) students using five or more CPPC services appeared to feel better prepared for interviews than those who did not; (6) no association between grade point average and level of CPPC use was found; (7) students with at least one previous on-campus interview appeared to perceive themselves as better prepared because of the experience gained; and (8) factors other than direct services of CPPC appeared to influence students' perceptions of preparation for interviews. (The questionnaire is appended.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., DeKalb. Career Planning and Placement Center.