Deconstructing an interview
Value 25 Points
explain, and apply general theoretical principles related to interviewing
including the major types of interviews, the parties involved in interviews,
the roles enacted during interviews, the role of perception in interviews, and
the nature of communication interactions.
the functions and techniques for the three major components of an interview:
the opening, the body, and the closing.
prepare you to construct your own interview schedules through an understanding
of organizational alternatives.
recognize the utility of interviewing skills in our daily lives.
Using an interview of your choice from a magazine, electronic resource or
newspaper, answer the following questions to the best of your ability. If, based
on the information available, you are not certain how to answer a question
explain your uncertainty utilizing knowledge gained through the course and text.
Your goal is to show your understanding of key concepts through your
identification and explanation.
and explain the opening technique(s) used (Chapter four).
and support whether this is a directive or nondirective interview (Chapter
how the interview is organized providing support your answer (Chapter four).
the closing technique(s) used (Chapter four).
any sequence of 5 questions and label them according to the typology provided
in your text in the chapter on questions and their uses (i.e. open/closed,
the list of "common question pitfalls" in your text. Locate a question in your
interview that makes one of these errors. Write out the question and explain
which pitfall the interviewer fell in to then rewrite the question to avoid
the section on "question sequences" in your text. Try to identify how your
interview was sequenced and explain why you think this sequence was used
or what might have worked better.
or relational dimensions: Explain how any two of the interpersonal qualities
of interviewing are emphasized, developed or reinforced through the interview
process. The interpersonal qualities include: similarity, inclusion, control,
affection and trust.
As always, carefully review your work for
correctness in grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Developed by David Bodary, Comments and Suggestions
modified: March 27, 2008