Developing interview questions

Developing interview questions

Core Text Books

Arnold J. (1997) Managing Careers into the 21st Century, London : Paul Chapman Publishing

Baruch Y (2004) Managing Careers: Theory and Practice, London : FT/Prentice Hall

Greenhaus J.H. Callanan G.A. & Godshalk V.M. (2010) Career Management 4th ed., Thousand Oaks : Sage

In addition, many HRM and HRD textbooks have chapters on career management and development


Coursework 1 – c 1500 words (25% of the marks for the module)

Learning Outcomes:

This assignment is assessing your understanding in relation to the following learning outcomes of this module:
•    Critiquing the relevance of theoretical approaches to career development
•    Communication – writing in an appropriate style, referencing correctly
•    Problem solving, research and task management


This assessment offers you the opportunity to demonstrate that you have understood and are able to evaluate some of the key concepts covered within the module. You are required to interview an individual who is at a later life-career stage than you. Write a report of between 1000 and 1500 words in which you address one the following questions:

1.    With reference to either Levinson or Baruch’s integrated ‘age and stage’ model of career development, identify what life-career stage s/he is at.  To what extent are these consistent or inconsistent with the model you refer to?  What might explain these findings?


2.    To what extent and how does his or her experience to date relate to one or more of Schein’s career anchors?  What were the key influences on his or her career choice?

Your work should start with a brief introduction of your interviewee and your approach to the interview.  The discussion should integrate theory and analysis, and must address one of the above questions. Whichever question you choose to address, your assignment should conclude with an evaluation of the usefulness and relevance of the theories you have referred to in understanding an individual’s career.

Grading Criteria:

Your work will be graded with reference to the following criteria:

70% +

Problem solving: An appropriate interviewee, effectively interviewed to produce sufficient substance to sustain the analysis

Knowledge & understanding: The report demonstrates exceptionally good use of knowledge of the relevant theories from a range of sources, including recent research. There is good evidence of wide reading that is integrated within a well developed analysis of the findings.

Application & evaluation of theory: The report uses a range of evidence from research and relevant examples from the interview to consistently to support conclusions. Strengths, weaknesses and utility of theory are evaluated.

Clarity of expression & presentation: Ideas are clearly expressed; the report has a good structure, excellent use of English with a fluent academic writing style. Stays within the word guide, is very well presented, fully and correctly referenced.