Writing Interview Requests

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Writing Interview Requests

  1. 1. Your Interview Request* <br />Keeping your request reader-centered<br />* Adapted from Dr. Charlotte Thralls<br />
  2. 2. Who?<br />Tell the reader who you are. <br />Mention your enrollment in this class.<br />
  3. 3. What?<br />What specifically are you asking for?<br />What is the purpose of the interview?<br />What will be the focus of your interview?<br />Will you make your interview questions available before the interview?<br />
  4. 4. When?<br />When will you provide interview questions? (before or during the interview?)<br />When will you conduct the interview?<br />Provide a time frame rather than a specific date.<br />When does the reader need to let you know if he/she can do the interview? <br />The more information you can give the reader in your request, the easier it will be for them to make a decision.<br />
  5. 5. Where?<br />Where will the interview take place?<br />Will you meet face to face or online?<br />
  6. 6. Why?<br />Why are you conducting this interview?<br />Why are you asking this particular reader for a favor (A little bit of sincere flattery doesn’t hurt).<br />Why should the readercomply?<br />
  7. 7. How?<br />How do you want to conduct the interview?<br />Does the reader have any choice in the format?<br />How will you use the information from the interview?<br />Will the reader have access to your final project?<br />How much of the reader’s time will you need?<br />
  8. 8. I <br /> I knew you’d be excited! <br /> Now go forth and request your interviews!!!<br />

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