Cebu Normal University (CNU) will conduct phone or online interviews for the first year qualifiers of AY 2020-2021 as the new normal calls for it to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
The phone or online interviews will take place from May 18 – June 12, 2020. The pre-enrollment period will follow afterward from July 27 – August 13, 2020 where qualifiers are asked to submit their requirements in the University.
Faculty members from different colleges will conduct the interview through the phone. The qualifiers are advised to keep their lines open during the interview schedule.
Those who would like to change or update their mobile numbers are advised to contact the respective college department where they submitted their application or send them an email. The contact information can be found on the results posted at the CNU Public Information Office (PIO) Facebook account.
According to Mr. James Louies Un, Psychology department faculty, the interview is a way to confirm the qualifiers’ intent to enroll and gauge how interested they are in doing so. At the same time, it is a way to give the list of pre-enrollment requirements to the qualifiers.
The interview is also a chance for applicants to meet their future professors. Further, it is an avenue for applicants to decide if they really wish to proceed with their chosen degree program or consider pursuing something else.
Mr. Louiechi Von Mendoza, Public Governance department faculty, cited possible drawbacks of phone interviews and said that there might be a possibility that the students may not be reached or a loss of signal may take place.
He said that inaccurate or outdated contact numbers of the qualifiers may be a minor risk too. He also said that the phone interview will likely lessen the chance of really knowing the qualifiers. According to him, there are times when interviewers look into aspects such as the qualifiers’ composure and other nonverbal cues which other degree programs require, and the qualifiers’ eager interest with the limited slots.
“We are left with no [other] option at this time of pandemic,” Mendoza said.
He said that he is in favor of conducting phone interviews despite its setbacks rather than having no interviews at all.
The qualifiers and the public are strongly advised to follow the general guidelines when visiting the University as stipulated in the CNU Strategic Actions Amid COVID-19 once the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) is lifted.