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Developing Interview questions. The better the question, the better the answer. Interviews aren’t easy!. https://youtu.be/q8qvZgQY1O4. Open-ended questions. Not answered with simple “yes” or “no”
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Developing Interview questions The better the question, the better the answer
Interviews aren’t easy! https://youtu.be/q8qvZgQY1O4
Open-ended questions • Not answered with simple “yes” or “no” • Designed to gather information through elaboration and explanation and the responses are not simple • Draw out explicit responses from a person’s knowledge or feelings • Generally start with “what”, “how”, “why” and trigger phrases like “tell me about” They enable better conversation because the interview subject does the talking!
Open-ended questions • Useful in problem solving, creative thinking, and information gathering • Makes better conversations • Promotes a stronger bond as it allows for a more open and comfortable manner of communication They elicit a wider range of responses and elaborate explanation.
Open-ended questions • “Could you help me understand the differences between flag football and tackle football?” • “What’s the next thing you normally do after you take your customer’s order?” • “When you go to Young Life on Monday nights, what is the first activity you generally do?” • “How do you plan to improve your Lincoln-Douglas debate scores for the upcoming UIL competition?”
Some questions are good… https://youtu.be/dliGbGc8iZU
Open-ended questions • Ask the class a question about our cafeteria dining options • …about our dress code • …about our main street traffic patterns • …about our digital citizenship program • …about our ID policy • …about the volleyball win over Bush • …about plans to play post-HS athletics • …about the CCR Center
Open-ended questions • …about the book club • …about the SAT • …about ProwlerTV • …about being crowned HC queen • …about FBISD band night • …about boys basketball tryouts • …about HC fireworks
Close-ended questions • Answered with simple “yes” or “no” • Can help you verify details • “Was the final score 52-42?” • Can help you figure stuff out and ask a followup specific question • “Did you enjoy the play?” “No.” • “Why not?” “The air conditioning wasn’t working and it was so hot in the theatre.” Close-ended questions always require follow-ups!
Close-ended questions • Generally start with “would”, “should”, or “could” or contractions such as “aren’t”, “can’t”or “won’t” • “Would you say the Aggies are your favorite team” • “Won’t this be the last time you try out for mascot?” • Can be conversation starters to develop follow-up questions Do not ever start with a close-ended question
Close-ended questions • “Do you like flag football better than tackle football?”” • “Do you take the customer’s order first?” • “Do you like going to Young Life on Monday nights?” • “Is it hard competing in the Lincoln-Douglas debate?”
Close-ended questions • Ask the class a question about our cafeteria dining options • …about our dress code • …about our main street traffic patterns • …about our digital citizenship program • …about our ID policy • …about the volleyball win over Bush • …about plans to play post-HS athletics
Close-ended questions • …about the book club • …about the SAT • …about ProwlerTV • …about being crowned HC queen • …about FBISD band night • …about boys basketball tryouts
not all questions are good ones… https://youtu.be/p8bPfzIF8Qg
Question must-dos • Do NOT ask questions you already know the answer to. Be creative and ask better ones: • DO NOT ASK: “How did it feel to be crowned Homecoming Queen?” • Do you really think she will say “It was the worst experience of my life.” NO! • ASK INSTEAD: “What other experience in your life can you compare to being named Homecoming Queen?”
Question must-dos • Do NOT ask questions intended to stir drama • Be creative and ask better ones, else you may lose your credibility with that interview subject • Do NOT start an interview with a close-ended question • DO NOT ASK: “Did the football team play last night”? You had better already know the answer to that before you start the interview! • ASK AN OPEN-ENDED QUESTION INSTEAD: “What did the defense do differently this week to prepare to shut out Stratford?”
Assignment: Question Generation • Write five open-ended questions that you would ask Principal Brogan about the changes he’s making to the school this year • Questions should be saved as a Google Doc on your Google Drive as [your last name] Brogan Interview Questions • Turn in to Mrs. J on Google Drive by the end of class on Friday, September 22, 2017
Assignment 2: Question Generation (Monday) • In this assignment, you will review and critique peer interview questions and discern which question in your group is the most thought-provoking one • Review the “Mr. Brogan” questions you wrote Friday • In groups of three, discuss the questions you came up with for 15 minutes • In your groups, determine which question of all 15 written is the most creative, thought-provoking question • Share your group’s best question with the class • Each group’s best question will be displayed on the projector • All students will vote on the best question, and all three students in that small group will earn a PINK Scoop Score ticket
Assignment 3: Q&A (Tuesday) • In this assignment, you will pair up and role play. One of you will be the journalist and the other will be the source. You will prepare questions and answers accordingly. • Journalists are writers for the RPHS online publication theProwler • Your area of expertise will be determined by a drawing • On the next slide are some reminders for the “journalist” and the “source” to best prepare you for your interview • You will do your research and then each group’s interview will be done in front of the class on Wednesday and Thursday, September 27 and 28
Assignment 3: Q&A Journalist Source • Be the expert • Make sure you sound like an expert before you talk to the journalist • Gather some key facts you think they should know • No jargon • Make sure the information you communicate is simple to understand • Stay calm and confident • You are the expert here! • Don’t be nervous! • Have some vivid examples • Make your answers come alive with examples and specifics • Be short and sweet • Don’t drag on. Droning on sounds much less intelligent than being specific and succinct. • Do your homework • Do some research on your topic • Learn about the issue before the interview • Explain your reason for asking the questions • State your purpose for the interview • Flatter your source • Why do you consider them a valuable source? • Show that you care about the topic • Plan several open-ended questions in advance • Write them down before the interview! • Listen and take notes • Be an active listener and ask questions if you don’t understand something • Be prepared to ask follow up questions