For this course, our group decided to create a
program that used Experiential Learning as a
method of teaching.
As a group we decided on helping adults with
interviewing skills so that they can successfully
complete an interview and obtain a career.
With the lack of jobs these days, our group wanted
to ensure that people know the proper way to
interview so that they are more likely to obtain a job.
By the end of the program a client
How to dress for an interview.
What materials to bring to an interview.
How to greet the interviewer.
How to answer questions asked during an interview,
as well as what questions they should ask.
How to follow up after the interview.
Findings: the usefulness of
Kolb and Kolb (2005) say that the “Experiential Learning
Theory defines learning as the process whereby
knowledge is created through the transformation of
experience. Knowledge results from the combination of
grasping and transforming experience”(p.194).
Knowledge is embedded in experience.
Experiential Learning takes place around us all the time.
Reflection is key to the transfer of knowledge to
Conclusion of Findings
Through our literature reviews we found many ways
to incorporate Experiential Learning into our
The main way we are incorporating Experiential
Learning is through simulation with the use of
Johnston and Usher (1997) state,
“experience is conceived as the
foundational „bedrock‟ of knowledge.”
Our program is based on the idea that students learn from
experience; therefore students actually take part in an
interview to gain knowledge.
Experiences are key to learning. Experiences can be formal,
informal, individual, group, etc. Experiences are happening
all around us all the time.
Mezirow (as cited in Michelson,
1999) claims about educating adults
that educators must “facilitate
dialogic communities to enable
learners to engage in rational
discourse and action.”
Dialogue amongst learners and reflection is crucial to student success.
In our program we intentionally built in feedback sessions on interview
skills that allow learners to have necessary discourse.
Program Features applied from FDA Pharmacy Student
Offers choice and differentiation for learners
Recognizes importance of reflection and intentionally
designs space for reflection
Pushes learners outside his/her comfort zone
Program provides authentic experiences to enhance
Program Features applied from American University’s Interview
Training Techniques Program:
Encourages learners by increasing confidence in skills and
Provides scaffolding for necessary skills
Allows time for consultation and feedback from peers and
This program closely mirrors the program
we designed. By incorporating features from
both investigations, our group was able to
create a well-balanced interview skill
building program that is based upon
Evaluations: Lisa Eglen
“In addition to the links to various
websites and discussion cited in the plan,
it would be beneficial to the participants to
be presented with a rubric. Rubrics
present the criteria for a quality
If we developed our program, we would
definitely include rubrics for students to use
to not only reflect on their performance but
allow others to provide feedback as well.
“Clearly define the homework objectives
as the syllabus could bind you to not
having homework when clearly there are
projects and assignments that will require
outside of class work.”
Remembering to clearly define homework
objectives, as well as daily learning objectives,
will strengthen our program. We must remember
to be clear on expectations to ensure student
Confidence in the interview process will “seal the
Each interview builds on the skills and training
The role play interviews are in place to build
confidence and prepare for difficult or awkward
Book work is great, but as we stated, the learning
experience is increased by taking action.
Programs that educate people on how to interview
and how not to interview are vital to increasing the
skills of those who are struggling with basic
Each phase of our training program is designed to
build on each other. This allows each participant to
recognize what they are learning and how to use it.
Understanding each part of the interview process is
Attire – “Dress for Success” & dress to your surroundings
– Show up to interview like you belong.
Questions – answer them honestly and with confidence.
Be prepared to ask pertinent questions.
What to bring – coming unprepared sets up for failure
Follow up – critical to show how you are different than
the other candidates, and shows drive and determination.
Practicing the interviewing process and how to
handle process are a vital step to increasing the
Interview Skill set of each of the participants.
In conclusion, many people talk about what to do in
an interview. Through studies and review it is
obvious that people learn by doing, for the most
part. Programs like this one are the cornerstone to
helping someone achieve their goals.