Speaking IV: Interviews

8 May

Next Week’s Assignment: Speaking IV Job Interview Directions

Interviewing is a great skill to have to practice communication. Open, clear communication is important for both qualitative research and teaching.

Role of Interviewer:

  • Ask questions. Challenge them, but don’t scare them
  • React. Ask follow up questions and go with the flow
  • Limit closed ended questions, use open ended questions
    • “Do you agree?” “Yes” = Closed ended question
    • “How do you feel about…?” = Open ended question
  • Great interviewers are great listeners

Role of Interviewee:

  • Prepare an idea, but don’t memorize. Speak naturally
  • Use gestures and body language to interest your interviewer and audience
  • Be conversational and relaxed, but keep your answers focused

4 Principles:

1. Prepare carefully, familiarize yourself with the interviewee

2. Establish a good relationship with the interviewee

3. Ask questions that are relevant and will make the interviewee want to talk

4. Listen and respond. Pay attention to what your interviewee has to say

 

Remember: Body language can be just as important as verbal language. Look at your interviewee. Does s/he look uncomfortable? Sad? Nervous? Angry? Confident? Adapt the interview accordingly.

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