Elyse Hayes

Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

Biological Sciences BS


Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Jerry R. Alliston, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Studies


This study used a between-subjects repeated measures design to determine the efficacy of virtual reality job interview training (VR-JIT) as an instrument for providing workplace readiness training under pre-ETS when compared to current real-world methods. Of the total participants (N=19), 57.89% were male and 42.11% were female, and autism (36.84%) and cognitive impairment (47.37%) were the most frequently reported diagnoses. The results of a paired samples T-test were non-significant with t (8) = 0.13, p = 0.9029 with the use of mock interviews and t (9) = 0.68, p = .5156 with the use of virtual reality. The results of an independent samples T-test of posttest VR-JIT and traditional methods scores were non-significant with t (17) = -0.13, p = 0.9002. Therefore, we conclude that neither traditional mock-interview methods nor VR-JIT produce significant differences between pre- and post-test evaluations, and there is no significant difference between results of VR-JIT and traditional methods. Despite these findings, student engagement and positive feedback within the VR-JIT group were notably increased compared to traditional methods. Future research of VR-JIT across a longer period and within alternative settings is warranted.