05 Feb For this assignment you are to complete an occupational Interview on an employee in a chosen human service field. (ATTACHED IS A SAMPLE INTERVIEW, THAT CAN BE USED). ?The atta
For this assignment you are to complete an occupational Interview on an employee in a chosen human service field. (ATTACHED IS A SAMPLE INTERVIEW, THAT CAN BE USED). The attachment is examples of interview questions other students have used. You should NOT use the same questions (I encourage you to develop your own interview questions). MINIMUM OF 4 PAGES.
Running Head: INTERVIEW (1)
FT7381 Human Services Occupational Competency
Dr. Jerry Martin
[Conducted: June 5, 2014]
June 6, 2014
Submitted by: JW9726
Anonymous, personal communication, June 5, 2014 2
A series of interviews is being conducted in support of a thesis to be brought forth for consideration to the
School of Human Services at Amridge University in the Summer of 2014. The purpose of the interviews
is to assess the viability of the occupation of Professional Coaching. The interviewees will consist of
employees and employers related to Human Services occupations and specifically the occupations related
to Professional Coaching.
Human Resources Director
The initial interview, considered an informal interview, occurred in the interviewee’s office
setting. The interview lasted approximately thirty-five minutes, and was centered on the preparedness of
the interviewer for employment in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy and Life Coaching. The
interviewer offered his resume for review and explained his education and employment background.
There were no predetermined questions for the interviewee; however, the free flow of information was
attributable to the atmosphere set by the personalities of the interviewer and the interviewee.
The comments and reflections shared by the interviewee came with the assurance of sixteen years
of experience in Human Resources. The interviewee’s role consists of providing employment
information to the public, including opportunities for employment. The interviewee is responsible for
assisting individuals with a variety of occupational circumstances, including employee rights and
obligations. The interviewee is committed to recruiting, developing, rewarding and retaining members of
the workforce in a specified region. The interviewee’s role is administrative and customer service
oriented and includes advisement to supervisors and peers.
The interviewer determined from the interview that his resume is structured appropriately, and
furthermore that the information contained therein is considered impressive. The interviewee was able to
provide contact information for an occupational opportunity based on the interviewer’s interests. The
interviewer was encouraged to seek desired positions and “be in demand” versus settling for occupations
Anonymous, personal communication, June 5, 2014 3
with less potential for advancement and professional growth. When asked specifically about Life
Coaching, the interviewee’s opinion included the immature nature of the profession. The interviewee’s
statements regarding Life Coaching indicated a sense of uncertainty concerning the profession. The
interviewee vaguely cautioned the interviewer against investing a great deal of faith in the potential
success of such a venture. The interviewee seemed a bit more accepting of the idea of Executive
Coaching, but the interviewer did not probe these sentiments.
In part, this interview was purposed with gaining an understanding of the employee-employer
atmosphere in an area of close proximity to where the interviewer desires to seek employment. The
interviewer concluded that there are few opportunities for employment (i.e. being hired by an
organization or business) in the occupation of Professional Coaching within the geographical context of
the particular interviewee; however, the absence of employment opportunity may indicate the opportunity
for the establishment of such roles in an entrepreneurial or proprietary sense. Through this interview, the
interviewer has created a professional connection, obtained a lead to an employer and gained a sense of
the potential for establishing a niche in an area where such does not exist.