You can’t escape it. You’ll have to do an interview for school.
If you want to continue studying after school, it is useful to know how to conduct an interview. You learn that by doing it.
Be well prepared
No interview goes well without good preparation. Think about what you want to know and write down the questions. Start with simple questions, so that the interviewee feels at ease. Act as a neutral person and don’t criticize the answers. In this way, you avoid closing during the interview. Also immerse yourself in the subject.
Ask open questions so that the interviewee plays an active role and has to speak a lot.
Make an appointment
Choose a quiet place where you can talk to each other undisturbed. Indicate in advance how long the interview will last and ask if you can record the interview. You can also take pictures of the interview.
The interview itself
Show the interviewee that you are really listening by, for example, nodding. If necessary, summarize part of the answer to link a follow-up question to it. Finish the interview and have a chat afterwards. Ask what the interviewee thought of it and repeat parts to check whether you understood it correctly.
Processing the interview
You always do this right after the interview. Your impressions are still fresh.
Time to design
In Jilster you will find several examples of pages that have been designed as an interview section. These can be used to format the text and photos.
Just a few tips in a row!
- Bring variation to the type of questions.
- Put the questions in a logical order.
- Pay attention to the amount of questions, more is not always better.
- Don’t ask the obvious questions.
- Make a neat list of the questions and discuss them with your teacher if you have any doubts.
- Read through your questionnaire and memorize the most important questions.
- Record the conversation on your phone, but ask permission first.
- Choose a quiet place for the interview.
- Don’t forget to take pictures.
- Use templates to shape the interview on the page(s).