Ice Breaker Interviews

This interview experience provides an opportunity to meet your classmates, participate in a minimally prepared interview as interviewee, interviewer and observer. You should include an opening, questions, and closing.

The class will be divided into trios with one student designated A, one designated B, and one designated C. This activity will include three rounds, with A, B, and C exchanging roles.


Round #1 Round #2 Round #3



A = interviewer A = interviewee A = observer
B = observer B = interviewer B = interviewee
C = interviewee C = observer C = interviewer

Instruction for interviewers:
  1. Open and close the interview in a friendly way.
  2. Find out everything you can about your interviewee, such as their name, hometown, family, major, year in school, courses taken, internships, experiences, future plans, interests, organizational memberships, and hobbies.
  3. Follow any additional instruction offered by the instructor.
  4. You have five minutes only.
  5. Begin the interview when the instructor says to start and close the interview when the instructor says stop.

Instruction for interviewees:
  1. Answer all questions posed to you.
  2. Follow any additional instruction offered by the instructor.
  3. You may tactfully refuse to answer any question you feel is irrelevant or potentially embarrassing to you.
  4. Start when the instructor says to start and stop when the instructor indicates to stop.

Instruction for observer:
  1. Do not interrupt or distract the interviewer or interviewee.
  2. Observe the entire interviewing process, especially language, nonverbal communication, questions, answers, listening, and role switches.
  3. Start when the instructor says to start and stop when the instructor indicates to stop.






    Materials are borrowed from Interviewing Principles and Practices, by Stewart and Cash.
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    Last modified: August 28, 2000