At some point in life, we get interviewed, either formally or informally. Why? This is because it is an essential tool for determining the growth of your business. Mind you, we are not referring to a job interview alone. Rather, it is the kind of questioning conversation that reels out uniqueness and test of knowledge.
But then, how do we define an interview as good enough?
Actually, it isn’t really about publishing in a Q&A format. It is instead a meaningful dialogue that helps propel you to achieving solid, and constructive opinions. In this case, every one of the parties is important. The interviewer is not less important than the person being interviewed, neither is the latter inferior to the former.
So, how can we achieve this?
Well, just as aforementioned, the interviewing questions have to be one that spikes a worthy and interesting conversation. I mean, who would want something to do with a boring questioner? Obviously, not many people can condone to this! And since the major purpose is to attract the audience to the platform, then you need to be able to give them more than what they are seeking. You need to have their attention and keep it glued to your platform. Never mind, I’ll take you through what you need to know to effortlessly write and ask the perfect questions for an interview.
Focus on Explanation.
First on this list is focusing on explanation. For every of your question, you need to be able to visualize whether the individual you’re interviewing understand the question and the concept behind it. Don’t get this wrong! You don’t have to literally answer the question. Instead, you should focus on making sure that you carry the person along in such a way that he/she feels the excitement in the question.
In simpler words, you have to find the trigger of that conversation and inculcate into the question. Only then would you have succeeded in the first phase of writing a dialogue-fitting question.
Proper Preparation is a must.
You have to be able to grasp the original concept of every question, you should do your research about them to familiarize yourself with as much related setting as possible.
Just like the first point, getting familiar with the questions you’re spewing makes it much easier for you and the person being interviewed more comfortable around each other. You’ll make him/her strongly have that feeling that he/she has to give their best shot answer every time. As expected, it would be very much like an interesting discussion where both parties learn.
Avoid being passive
For every question, your pen down, make sure that you keep the rule of “listen and observe” in mind. Ensure that every question carries the tone of activeness in them. Don’t be a passive interviewer, rather you should be an active participant, and that should begin straight from the questions you craft. Even if you’d have to throw in some boring questions in-between, you can still twist it to become more of a conversation that keeps you both going on an on. Apparently, you are already a master at crafting out your questions if you’re able to indulge the first two steps, inducing this part actually makes you more flexible and vast.
Understandable that you’ve done your research, and you’re coming in well prepared but then, you have to prove to the other person involved that you’ve taken out the time to understand everything you churned out. Your activeness is what sells you out at this point. Make sure it happens to begin with your question.
You can’t ask every question in an interview.
Take it from me – You can’t write down or ask every question that pops in your mind. No, that would be limiting you to the level of just another “ordinary” interviewer. Since that is not the plan, it is your responsibility to be cautious of the kind the question you write and make sure it doesn’t dent the “perfect” atmosphere you’ve built.
Highlighted below are the kind of questions you’re allowed to pen down.
- Direct Questions – Yes, you are allowed to ask the interviewee questions that hit the original concept of the interview. However, the questions should be directly active and might have the potentials of leading to another question.
- Open and Closed Questions – Usually, this kind of question is somewhat related to direct questions but they are quite different. It should be straight to the point. One answer, it doesn’t lead to another question.
- Intrusive questions – As an interviewer, you’re somehow permitted to be nosy. This is not to satisfy your curiosity overly but it is basically to suit the questioning mind of the audience. While this style of questioning isn’t really a bad idea, it would be better if you avoid it if you are not sure of what the interviewee’s response would seem like. To be on a more cautious side, it is best to get the person being interviewed to agree to certain private terms before questioning.
So, those are the three types of questions you’re allowed to write down when planning to have a master-blaster interview. Whichever you chose to accept isn’t a problem but you have to make sure you’re not cajoling the other party to answer what they wouldn’t be comfortable answering and ensure that everything falls accordingly to the concept of the original outline.
The Importance of an outline in an interview
The last phase we’d be talking about here is the outline, the concept on which the interview questions fall. You can’t write out every question you have in mind in your questionnaire. You have to screen out the questions to ensure it falls on the original theme of the whole interview. Hence, you need to plan your questions. You need to plan based on recent situations or upcoming events.
Although, making references to the last isn’t much of a bad idea but you need to tone it down as much as you can. Some memories can be hurting, you know. Once you’ve successfully done this, then your interviewee would easily blend with you and get flow extremely well all through the lasting period of the interview.