Turning interviews into something more menaingful

Blog: How to turn an interview into something meaningful

Uncategorized

How to turn an interview into something meaningful?

Posted By Cathy Bennett

There are many different types of interviews conducted every day; job and university, celebrity and sports personalities, police and legal interviews. Although each of these has different requirements for what the information gathered is going to be used for, each is using same underlying technique which is to ask lots of questions to gather as much information as possible. But there is so much more that can be done to ensure that you are getting the best possible quality answers from the interviewee. This blog post explores the most useful techniques that can be adopted to turn questions and answers into a meaningful conversation.

Our Techniques

  • Use Open-ended Questions – You want to get as much information as possible from the candidate, so avoid yes or no questions “Are you thirsty?” For example as the answer is either going to be “Yes” or “No”. Open-ended questions will elicit longer answers and ensure that the interviewee gives you examples and details, for example: “What else do we need to do to make this a success?”
  • Try not to anticipate answers – There is nothing worse than be interrupted mid conversation or having your sentences finished. Let the interviewee speak and have their opportunity to explain everything for you. 
  • Funnel Questions – This involves using general questions, and then homing in on a point in each answer. This is a common technique used by the police when taking a statement.
    • For example: “How many people were involved in the robbery?” “About four.”
    • “Were they children or adults?” “Mostly adults.”
    • “What sort of ages were they?” “About twenty-one and thirty.”
    • “Were they carrying any weapons or tools?” “Yes, several of them had crow bars and hammers.”
    • By continuing with the funnel technique you can help the interviewee re-live the scenario and focus on the detail that is needed.
  • Listen slowly – This can help you illicit more information from the interviewee, without having to ask any further questions. Try this technique:
    • Ask a question
    • Listen attentively
    • Count to five once they have finished talking before asking the next question. Yes this may feel unnatural at first, but it might illicit additional information and an expansion of the answer from the interviewee.
    • Tip: Pick a few questions that give the interviewee room for introspection, the pause will then give the interviewee the space to fill it with an additional example or a more detailed explanation.

These interview techniques can be applied to any interview situation and will give you even more food for thought.

Your note taking is just as important as the techniques you apply, after all you want to be able to capture and save as much information as possible for you to look back on at a later date. This is where audio recording can help as it will capture everything at source.

At Fingertips Typing Services we offer audio transcription services If you have an interview and feel you would benefit from transcription services, then Fingertips Typing can help.

Written by: Cerri Killworth, Transcriber for Fingertips Typing Services.

Please follow and like us:

Tagged , , ,

19 thoughts on “How to turn an interview into something meaningful?

  1. Hey there! I’m at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone 3gs!

    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog
    and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent
    work!

  2. Hi, just required you to know I he added your site to my Google bookmarks due to your layout. But seriously, I believe your internet site has 1 in the freshest theme I??ve came across. It extremely helps make reading your blog significantly easier.

  3. I’ve been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this information So i am happy to convey that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most certainly will make certain to do not forget this site and give it a glance regularly.

  4. Good post. I learn something more difficult on completely different blogs everyday. It can at all times be stimulating to read content from other writers and practice a little one thing from their store. I’d choose to use some with the content material on my blog whether you don’t mind. Natually I’ll give you a hyperlink on your net blog. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Rose Gold. We currently do not have a e-Newsletter service, but we are working on it. So please pop back to visit us from time to time as the subscription link will soon be live.

  5. I’m extremely pleased to find this website. I wish to
    to thanks for the time exclusively for this wonderful read!!
    I definitely liked every component of it and i also have you book-marked to see new stuff on your website.

  6. I found myself recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m not positive regardless of whether this build is written through him as no person else understand such precise approximately my problem.
    You happen to be incredible! Thank you!

  7. Aw, this was a very nice post. In thought I would like to put in writing like this moreover – taking time and actual effort to make an excellent article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and on no account appear to get something done.

  8. I blog often and I really thank you for your information. Your article has truly peaked my interest.
    I’m going to book mark your site and keep checking for new
    details about once a week. I opted in for your
    RSS feed as well.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Join our team!

Join