Increasing Student Engagement in Human Resource Management Courses Through Informational Interviewing


  • Adam Kanar Brock University


Networking is one of the best ways to find employment and learn about career paths; however, most university students have little work experience and find the process of networking intimidating. The informational-interviewing assignment presented here actively engages students in the process of networking and provides an easy-to-implement experiential learning activity that teaches and reinforces human resource management (HRM) course concepts. Data from students and business professionals provide evidence of student engagement and value for developing students’ social, human, and psychological capital. This assignment is particularly useful for HRM instructors who want to add an experiential component to a course which allows students to gain practical knowledge and experience while also learning course content.