6 Interview Techniques

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6 Interview Techniques

  1. 1. Interview techniques Asking the right questions
  2. 2. The main points <ul><li>Ask open-ended questions </li></ul><ul><li>Listen to answers and asks reaching questions </li></ul><ul><li>Redirect questions </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis certain words for effect </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ask open-ended questions <ul><li>These are questions that DO NOT elicit yes/no answers </li></ul><ul><li>A TV interview where the interviewer spends 30 seconds asking aquestion only to receive a ‘yes’ is REALLY annoying! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Open Questions <ul><li>Good: Tell me, why did you depose the King? </li></ul><ul><li>Bad: Did you depose the king? </li></ul><ul><li>Good: What will you do when the English troops arrive? </li></ul><ul><li>Bad: The English troops are coming, are you scared? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Listen and delve deeper <ul><li>A good interviewer LISTENS to the answers. They use guiding question, but in reality the interview is just conversation that will cover certain points. </li></ul><ul><li>A BAD interviewer doesn’t listen and simply asks the question on his list – he misses vital information and the chance to find out more from his subject. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Listen to answers <ul><li>GOOD: Answer: … so I’m not concerned at the English presence, I’ll win easily. </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Easily? How exactly? </li></ul><ul><li>BAD: Answer: … so I’m not concerned at the English presence, I’ll win easily. </li></ul><ul><li>Question: That’s nice, So tell me, why did you Kill Macduff’s family? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Redirect questions <ul><li>Redirecting is really just an example of listening and asking deeper questions, but a redirect will usually have come counter to the former answer. Complex I know </li></ul>
  8. 8. Redirects <ul><li>GOOD: Answer: … so I’m not concerned at the English presence, I’ll win easily. </li></ul><ul><li>Question: Easily? How exactly? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: I’ll ….. </li></ul><ul><li>Redirect: And if that does not happen, what will you do then? </li></ul><ul><li>Answer: Well I’ll be dead, so I suppose I’ll start to smell and decompose slowly. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Emphasise certain words <ul><li>For effect, in TV land you need to place particular emphasis on certain words in a question. </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me, why did you depose the King? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me , why you depose the King? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me, why did you depose the King? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me, why did you depose the King? </li></ul><ul><li>Tell me, why did you depose the King? </li></ul>

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