Application: Conducting an Interview
How are questions constructed?
How should they be sequenced?
How should questions be phrased?
Should open-ended questions be used?
What is active listening?
Is paraphrasing beneficial?
What if there are distractions in the interview location?
When a law enforcement agent interviews a suspect about a crime that has occurred, one effective interview technique is to build rapport with the suspect by asking relatively benign questions. After “befriending” the suspect, the agent then confronts the suspect head-on about the crime or, in some cases, the suspect may confess his or her guilt. Had the law enforcement agent not used effective interview techniques, the confession may never have occurred.
There are multiple interviewing techniques, just like this one, that can and should be used in order to gather as much accurate information as possible.
For this assignment, review the three video interviews comparing strengths and limitations of interviewer and interviewee skills in this week’s Learning Resources. Consider how interviewing techniques could be used to interview a person you might be interested in interviewing. Create a list of questions and conduct an interview with a family member or a friend. Take notes on the responses given by the interviewee. Do not submit the interviewee’s responses. You must, however, analyze the responses in order to complete the assignment.
The Assignment (1–2 pages)
- Submit the list of interview questions you developed. Be sure to omit any interviewee responses.
- Explain the purpose of each question
- Based on the interviewee’s responses, explain whether or not the questions were interpreted by the interviewee as you intended them to be interpreted
- Explain any revisions you may make to the interviewing questions to make them clearer and more effective. If no revisions are necessary, explain why.
- Explain any interview techniques you used during the interview and explain whether or not they were effective
- Colwell, K., Hiscock, C. K., & Memon, A. (2002). Interviewing techniques and the assessment of statement credibility. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 16(3), 287–300.
- Martin, E. (2006). Survey questionnaire construction. Research Report Series, US Census Bureau. Retrieved from http://www.census.gov/srd/papers/pdf/rsm2006-13.pdf
- Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2011). The art of interviewing. Baltimore: Author.
Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 9 minutes.
Two pages with at least three references….
It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the readings.
To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create SUBHEADINGS to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.
REMEMBER IN APA FORMAT JOURNAL TITLES AND VOLUME NUMBERS ARE ITALICIZED.
MULTIPLE USE OF INTEXT CITATION