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Old 19th July 2018, 11:22 AM   #1
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I Need a Professional to Interview for a School Project, Would Anyone Be Interested?

Good day,

I've got a doozy of a project in my Human Resources class this week. Basically, I have to find someone in any professional position related to my major (which is Business Management) and interview him/her in order to create a job analysis. I'm placing the full text of the assignment here in spoiler tags.


1.) Select a job in your chosen field or area of study. You should not pick semi-skilled (Administrative Assistant; Carpenter) or non-skilled (short order cook; restaurant dishwasher) jobs. Choose a professional job such as Manager, Financial Analyst, Project Manager, Customer Service Representative, or generalist or specialist in human resource management (HRM), etc.

2.) Select at least two methods to conduct your job analysis.
Questionnaire and interview or observation and interview are the two most common. [I, isissxn, will obviously be going with interview and questionnaire.]

3.) Select a person to interview, observe, etc. You will need to contact a person who works in the type of job you have selected. Make sure the job you analyze is a professional position. You may select a position in which a family member or friend is employed.

4.) Conduct your Job Analysis using the methods you have chosen. You should include copies of the methods you used in the final project. If you use an interview, include the interview questions; a survey, include the survey, etc.

5.) Document a complete job description for the position. Prioritize the job duties in order of their importance (use a scale that shows the level of importance of the task), and indicate the amount of time spent on each task. Also, indicate the criticality of error if this task is performed incorrectly.
You will need to describe the job duties in some detail. Simply listing a duty using one or two words is definitely not sufficient.

Consider grouping duties together according to functions or broader categories of duties. Each description should begin with a job summary and then detail the job duties and responsibilities.

6.) Prepare an abbreviated job specification specifically focusing on the knowledge, skills and abilities important to success in the job.
Please identify and give the telephone number of the individual(s) you interviewed; I may want to follow up.

7.) Write a memo (formal memo addressed to me; the HR Director) of explaining the methods of job analysis you used, why you chose them, and describe their strengths and weaknesses.


Holy hell, right? It's a lot of work on my end, but the interview portion should be fairly painless if anyone wants to volunteer. We could just email back and forth or PM on here, at your convenience.

I know some people might balk at the caveat my professor attached to Point #6 - identify and give the telephone number of the individual interviewed, as my (clearly insane) prof might want to follow up. I'm pretty uncomfortable asking anybody to do that. I can try contacting him and asking if an email address would be sufficient, if need be. "See, Dr. H, the guy I interviewed lives in Finland, so..." Hey, he never said it had to be anyone local.

My RL friends aren't professionals. They're professional asshats, at best. So I thought I might probe the crowd here before I resort to using my father. (He's retired, but I'm sure he could still describe his former job thoroughly.) I think the idea of the assignment is to branch out a bit, if possible.

Thanks for reading!
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Old 19th July 2018, 11:45 AM   #2
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Eh, I'd be willing, but I think I'm in the wrong field. I'm a Systems Administrator (tech job). That being said, I do lead some of our IT projects and interface with internal customers (other departments, etc.).

Doesn't sound like that would count, but figured I'd make the offer.
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Old 20th July 2018, 06:35 PM   #3
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Hmm...

Interesting. Once apon a time, professional meant "requires a degree" but the meaning is much looser now.

I'll happily volunteer if I meet your requirements. I'm a Business Analyst/Systems Analyst with a master's degree in public sector management and a bachelor's degree in management (MIS major).

I've been doing this kind of work for about 15 years.

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Old 20th July 2018, 06:43 PM   #4
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Probably the best part of being a lawyer in private practice was that I had to answer to nobody, justify my decisions in no way, and hire only very rarely.

Thus, I think I'd be a terrible candidate.

Also, after almost 20 years, I still have very little idea what lawyers actually do. I know I yelled at people on the phone pretty regularly.
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Old 20th July 2018, 08:37 PM   #5
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I'm like Loss Leader, self employed/private practice 25+ years as a nurse practitioner. My practice is unique, I'm and entrepreneur, but I don't have any employees.

I'd volunteer if you decide a self employed nurse entrepreneur fits the bill but it doesn't look like I do.
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Old 20th July 2018, 08:41 PM   #6
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You should not pick semi-skilled (Administrative Assistant; Carpenter) or non-skilled (short order cook....
Instructors' biases are showing. Such a person must know how to correctly cook a wide variety of foods, manage time so that orders come out at the same time, and comply with fairly stringent government regulations. I'd place them above a majority of the "managers" I've worked for. Carpenters are probably even more highly skilled. This attitude is one of the things that has destroyed manufacturing in the USA.
Find yourself a machinist, or a welder. I spent 40 years as an engineer and am in awe of those guys.
"Administrative Assistant" is of course, modern biz-speak for "secretary". You know, the woman who does most of the boss's work for him for 10% of his salary.
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Old 21st July 2018, 01:59 PM   #7
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Thanks for your responses, guys. I've PM'd with a few people.

I'd be interested in talking to you entrepreneurs too. I don't think I could really make that sort of work fit this project, but I hope we do another one more befitting that subject.

And Trebuchet, good points!

Thanks again.
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Old 21st July 2018, 03:05 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
Instructors' biases are showing. Such a person must know how to correctly cook a wide variety of foods, manage time so that orders come out at the same time, and comply with fairly stringent government regulations. I'd place them above a majority of the "managers" I've worked for. Carpenters are probably even more highly skilled. This attitude is one of the things that has destroyed manufacturing in the USA.

I think the instructor's wording was unfortunate. The general gist seems to be that the subject individual should have employees.
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Old 21st July 2018, 03:23 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Loss Leader View Post
I think the instructor's wording was unfortunate. The general gist seems to be that the subject individual should have employees.
You should have seen this prof's syllabus. It was basically a list of threats, lol.

Unfortunate wording seems to be a specialty of his. He's all right though, so far. Just a bit of a... stickler, I guess.
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Old 22nd July 2018, 03:53 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by isissxn View Post
I'd be interested in talking to you entrepreneurs too. I don't think I could really make that sort of work fit this project, but I hope we do another one more befitting that subject.
Let me know when you get a project that involves talking to nobodies. I fit the bill perfectly.
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Does a CSR mean something different in the USA? Here it's a minimum wage role in a call centre.
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