How To Interview


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How To Interview

  1. 1. How to Interview Making Your Place TESC at GHC October 2009
  2. 2. Part I: What can we learn from observation and analysis of others’ interviews? <ul><li>Work in your interview groups; groups of two double up and form a group of four. </li></ul><ul><li>Share the printed interviews you brought to class: pass around and read silently all the interviews in your group. </li></ul>
  3. 3. After you’ve read all the interviews, discuss as a group: <ul><li>In what context is each interview occurring? </li></ul><ul><li>How/where was the interview published? What are the publisher’s purposes? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the interviewer’s purposes and goals? How well are they accomplished? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the interview subject’s goals? How well are they accomplished? </li></ul><ul><li>How do the needs of the publisher, interviewer, and subject affect the style and substance of the interview? </li></ul><ul><li>In each interview, what seems prepared and what seems spontaneous? How can you tell? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How do the spontaneous parts arise? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How do the interviewer and subject respond to the spontaneous parts? </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What can we learn from looking at the questions? <ul><li>What are the similarities among the questions in different interviews? </li></ul><ul><li>How are the questions different in different interviews? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you describe each interviewer’s style? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you categorize the questions? </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of questions get what kinds of answers? </li></ul>Report out : One person from your group should briefly summarize your discussion and conclusions to the full class.
  5. 5. Part II: How do you want to be interviewed? <ul><li>Write for a few minutes to yourself: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What story do you want to tell? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What context does the listener need in order to understand your story? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the most important points you want communicate? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What would make it hard for you to tell your story? What would make it easier? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Share your answers with your small group. What do your answers have in common? What are the differences? </li></ul><ul><li>Report out: One person from your group should briefly summarize your discussion and conclusions to the full class. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Part III: Developing your plan as an interviewer: <ul><li>Write for a few minutes to yourself: </li></ul><ul><li>What background information do you need in order to conduct your interview? How will you acquire that knowledge? </li></ul><ul><li>What should you do to put your subject at ease and establish trust? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where should the interview be conducted? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is important about the place? The time? The environment? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How should the furniture be placed? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What other people or things should be present or absent? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What questions do you want to be sure to ask? How should they be phrased? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What follow-up questions should you ask? How should you ask them? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can you guide the conversation if it goes in a direction you don’t want? </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>If you haven’t yet drafted some questions for your interview, write some now. If you’ve already written some of your interview questions, review and edit them. </li></ul><ul><li>Give your written questions to someone outside your group and let them suggest editorial changes. </li></ul><ul><li>Report out: briefly summarize your discussion and conclusions to the full class. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Part IV: Full class discussion, summary, and conclusion. <ul><li>How have we made new knowledge together today? </li></ul><ul><li>What questions do we still have about the interview process? </li></ul>