TITLE

Building rapport through sequentially linked joke-serious responses in second language job interviews

AUTHOR(S)
Yusuke Okada
PUB. DATE
December 2015
SOURCE
Pragmatics & Society;2015, Vol. 6 Issue 4, p593
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study aims to explicate interviewer and candidate conversational practices in L2 job interviews as they relate to the assessment of a candidate's qualification for a particular position. The data consisted of 27 audio-recorded job interviews for the position of student assistant in English classes at a Japanese university. The analysis of these interactional data, conducted using conversational analysis methodology, revealed that the inadequacy of a candidate's response is constructed by means of the interviewer's subsequent pursuit of a relevant answer from the candidate. In addition, a candidate's ability to build rapport by providing sequentially linked joke-serious responses evoked a positive evaluation from the interviewer. The findings indicate that a candidate's understanding of expected behaviors and ability to accommodate his or her behaviors in a manner relevant to the interaction result in a positive assessment.
ACCESSION #
111482150

 

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