Interview AE Graduate or Building Professional
AE 210


You are to interview an individual who understands the field you are entering, either because they've been through the same curriculum (approximately) that you're entering or because they're active in the building field. By documenting that experience on the web you will allow your classmates to understand what you've learned.

The interview

You are to meet as an entire team with the individual - those unable to attend will not get credit for the assignment. You should prepare for the interview by generating a list of questions starting from the ones suggested below. The intent is not only to learn about their experience but to apply it to your own education and expectations.

Here is a list of potential interviewees who have volunteered to try and meet with you. The team assignment suggests which interviewees you should contact.

Web Page - A Tool

You are asked to document your interview by creating a World Wide Web (WWW) page or site which allows others to see what you have learned and considered. Since this is to be a public page it is important that you be both accurate and considerate - it's highly likely that the individual being interviewed will look at what you say and provide comments to you or me..

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You are first to interview the individual and then create a web page which presents what you learned and what you've thought about your own careers as a result of the interview.

The Interview Logistics

We will provide a list of potential interviewees to the class. It will be your responsibility as a group to organize a mutually convenient time to meet with the individual. Ideally the location will be their office, but it may be elsewhere if that isn't possible. You are to get yourself to and from the interview. Remember that your appearance will make a difference - it's entirely possible that a co-op job might result from this interview.

The Interview - Questions

As can be seen from the criteria the questions suggested below are only a starting point for what you should discuss with your professional. Each group will probably find its own way to ask them and to record the answers. These are included only as a starting point.

The Interview - Reflection

In the web page you are to document what you learned in the interview. You are also, individually and as a group, to make explicit what you learned that you found particularly interesting or valuable as well as what you'd still like to know either because you didn't ask it at the time or because you can only learn it as you go through your education and professional careers.

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This project is to be completed in groups that will be assigned by the instructor. You are welcome to consult with your classmates for suggestions - short of direct copying. The grading is on an absolute scale so mutual assistance can only help each group.

Submit a teamwork evaluation to the Teamwork Submit database.

The Teams for this Assignment are defined on this page.

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You are to deliver a web site which addresses the assignment, ready to be viewed by the class and instructor. Each site should meet the following requirements.

Web Page Identification Requirements

Your assignment site should have at least the following information on it:

Remember to turn in the Assignment to the Submit Assignment database.

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The following will be be used to assess your success in meeting the project's requirements. Note that each project will be "weighted" as shown on the grading page to determine the overall term grade.

General advice - BE SPECIFIC, you'll only get an average grade if you give generalities without specific numbers, details, examples to back up your generality.


Excellent Work = Average Work + Average Work Possible Points

Web Page/Site Exists

Average +

The page is professional in appearance.

The website exists and is submitted to the class database .


Information about the Interviewers exists

Average +

Each individual presents approximately a paragraph on their current career plans and past relevant experience..

Information about the Interviewers defines their name, year, EMail.

Interview is Complete

Average +

The team has formulated additional relevant questions and documented them.

The questions defined above are presented and the answers to them given


Reflections on the Interview

Average +

The group as a whole reflects on their different perceptions of the interview and projects what they expect of their education and careers in consequence.

Each team member presents a (identified) paragraph or more reflecting on what they found most relevant or interesting in the interview and what questions they would now like answered.

Submit a teamwork evaluation to the Teamwork Submit database.


Extra Credit

Additional information relevant to the issues raised in the interview is included explicitly in the web page.


Helpful suggestions for improving the interview process in future.



Total Possible

    100 normal

105 with extra credit

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Updated: 3/31/06