Job-seeking interview skills training: A comparison of four instructional techniques

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56 prison inmates aged 18-47 yrs in 3 prerelease training cycles were randomly assigned to 1 of 4 treatment conditions or to a waiting-list control condition. The 4 instructional techniques were model exposure (MOD), role playing (RP), model exposure plus role playing (MRP), and model exposure and role playing with videotape feedback (VIDEO). Judges' ratings of videotaped simulated pre- and posttreatment interviews and personnel interviewers' ratings of follow-up interviews served as criterion measures. Posttest results indicate that both the MRP and VIDEO treatments were significantly more effective than the control procedure on all dependent variables; the RP treatment was more effective than the control on 2 criteria, and the MOD group was inferior to the MRP group on 1 criterion. On follow-up ratings, the MRP group differed significantly from the control group on 1 variable, while the VIDEO group differed significantly on 3 areas of behavior and on probability of hire. The use of numerous types of training components is superior to the use of single components in developing complex types of abilities and behavior. (15 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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