How to Create Interview Questions
The interview process is the best way to gain information. What many people don’t know is the question determines the amount and kind of information that can be obtained. In other words, there is a right and wrong way to ask a question if you are expecting to get what you came for. By understanding the process, you will create an atmosphere for a great interview.
Preparing Your Questions
Jot down 10 questions you or your audience may want to know. Avoid asking questions that are common knowledge. Certainly, don’t ask questions that are meaningless. Consider whether the question you are asking has any value to your purpose. Whatever you choose to ask, listen carefully to answers that might serve as a springboard for further questioning. Practice your questions on a family member, or friend. Better yet, have someone ask you. Rewrite any question that does not allow information to flow freely.
Open vs. Closed Questions
A “closed” question is one that the can only be answered with a yes, no, or limited response. An “open” question is one that is based on the 5 W’s-who, what, when, where, why, or how. For more extensive replies, ask the person to explain, recall, or describe. These types of questions result in detail which will keep your audience interested.
Taking time to prepare well for an interview using open ended questions assure a smooth interview. Open ended question create a situation where the interviewee has the responsibility of providing the information. Be in control of the interview, don’t let the interview control you.