For many professionals, interviewing forms a big part of their job. Of course, nearly everyone at some point has experienced a job interview – where you’re on the receiving end of some very tricky questions. But actually being able to ask questions and get the answers you want can be a lot of hard work.
If you have ever found yourself on the receiving end to ‘yes’, ‘no’ answers, you’ll know exactly what I mean. SO how can you get more out of your interview? Firstly think about how relaxed your interviewee is. It’s very common to freeze up if you feel anxious or nervous. Try to make them feel comfortable and relaxed as possible and they’re more likely to open up.
Then it’s time to think about your questions.
Asking closed questions such as ‘ Is the sky blue?’ or ‘Is your name John?’ is begging for a one word answer. Instead ask open questions which need explaining. These type of questions open up the discussion and easily lead to other interesting questions.
Finally, remember you can always go back to your interviewee if you don’t get all the information in one sitting. It;’s easy to feel pressured into fitting everything in to the first meeting, but most people are perfectly happy to answer additional questions either in person or over the phone.
With a little practice, there’s no reason why you can’t get all the information you need and conduct the perfect interview.
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