Date of Award

Spring 5-11-2018

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Psychology

Committee Chair

Dr. Joe Olmi

Committee Chair Department

Psychology

Committee Member 2

Dr. James Moore

Committee Member 2 Department

Psychology

Committee Member 3

Kyle Rowsey

Committee Member 3 Department

Psychology

Abstract

Successful interviewing skills help maximize the probability that a job candidate will make a positive impression upon a prospective employer. An area of continued concern related to potential employee readiness involves performance in interviews. Questions remain regarding the effectiveness of higher educational systems to develop the variety of efficient skills necessary for students to showcase the full array of their qualifications within an interview. Behavioral Skills Training (BST) is a behavior analytic training package that has been shown to increase appropriate interview skills. In situ training (IST), also known as in-the-moment-training, has been offered as a method to improve the effectiveness of BST. The purpose of the present study aimed to extend the results of Stocco, Thompson, Hart, and Soriano (2017) in using BST to improve interview skills of college students by adding in situ training as an additional training component. Across all participant there was an improvement in interview skills. More specifically, BST with IST showed greater acquisition, maintenance, and generalization compared to BST only.

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