ERIC Number: ED355862
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
The Employment Interview: Examining Dual Career Couple Issues.
Helmick, Teresa A.; And Others
A study was done to explore interviewers' and interviewees' perceptions of the appropriateness and frequency of initiating dual career issues in the interview process in academic settings. The study included participants from two midwestern universities. A total of 113 department heads received questionnaires through campus mail. Approximately one half received questionnaires indicating that the quesions addressed dual career issues together with a cover letter explaining the nature of the study. The other half received questionnaires that identified the issues only as relevant to the selection interview. Forty questionnaires usable for analysis were returned. In addition, letters and questionnaires were sent to 250 members of dual career couples of whom 117 sent back usable returns. Analysis of the responses found that interview topics viewed as highly appropriate for interviewees to initiate concerned promotions, vacation schedules, and schools for children. Topics viewed as less appropriate included children's issues, spouse's career, and commuter marriages. Information indicated that candidate initiation of child care or maternity issues was considered negative. Most department heads indicated that dual career issues should be raised during the interview by the interviewee especially if the candidate wants assistance for the spouse. The report contains specific recommendations for department heads and candidates. (Contains 28 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (78th, Chicago, IL, October 29-November 1, 1992).