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Building Rapport in Interviews

Consider the following questions in an initial counselling session:

What skills did the practitioner use to develop rapport?
Describe the behaviors of the interviewer that established or did not establish rapport.
In what ways did you the practitioner establishing trust?
Describe two attending skills or techniques you were most effective in establishing trust and rapport.
Identify any environmental or structural barriers that may have impacted rapport building.
What were your reactions?

Your post and responses are expected to be substantive in nature and reference the assigned readings, as well as other theoretical, empirical, or professional literature to support your views and writings. Use APA guidelines.

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During an initial counseling session, can you respond to the questions below?

(1) What skills did the practitioner use to develop rapport?

Skills that are utilized to build rapport include: communication's mutual confidence, respect, and acceptance (Sattler, 2002). In brief, the interview is a collaborative dialogue between the interviewee and the interviewer. Sattler asserts that there are several ways to build rapport during the conversation that takes place between interviewee and interviewer. For example, the practitioner may have taken the following steps in efforts to establish a therapeutic relationship and build rapport with the client: (a) listened to the client with undivided attention, (b) openly supported the client, (c) maintained a natural confident posture, and (d) spoke in a slow calming, but expressive tone. In addition, in delivering questions, the interviewer was careful to maintain eye contact, and was considerate of the interviewee's feelings. In addition, according to Sattler, the interviewer should maintained a professional appearance.

According to Sollind (2006), the feelings associated with an interview would be lessened if the interviewer works on developing his or her communication skills. Sommers-Flanagan and R. Sommers-Flanagan discussed a way to build rapport through the relationship variables proposed in the person-centered theory of Carl Rogers such as: (a) congruence, (b) unconditional positive regard, and (c) accurate empathy. Congruence implies spontaneity and honesty, and from a counseling perspective based on the Rogerian concept, the ...

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This solution is focused on essential skills to build rapport in the interview.