Worksheet 5 – Interviewing Skills

Imagine that you have chosen your topic for the group project, and you have to conduct an interview in
order to gather more primary resources for the research essay. Based on one of the topics and some
sample questions below, prepare and conduct an interview with another student in the class.
Role Play – Pair Work
Topic: 3-3-4 Academic Structure / Financial Tsunami / Wi-Fi Facilities
Student A: Interviewer
Student B: Government Official
Sample Interview Questions
1. What is your responsibility or job duty?
2. What do you see as the major concerns of the public?
3. Tell me what the government is doing about this concern.
4. What else do you think should or could be done?
5. Tell me about your experience or someone else’s experience who has worked with this problem.
Interviewer
(I) /
Government
Official (O)
I

Transcript

Comments

Hello. Are you __________________? I’m
_______________________, a year one student from
Hong Kong Community College (HKCC). I am writing
a paper about the city and public concerns, so I am
coming to have an interview with you about
_____________________ [the chosen topic].

Tell the
Opening
interviewee the
purpose of the
interview

O

Yes. How can I help you?

I

Thank you. The first question I would like to ask you is
___________________________________
_________________________________________?

O

__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

I

__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

CC 204 0 E ng lis h for Acad e mic S t udie s ( He al th C are) – S tudy G uide

Begin with
question
number 1

Question
number 2 –an
open-ended
question

Organization

Body
(general to
specific)

O

__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

I

Why is that so? Can you give me some background to
this problem?

O

Certainly.
_________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

I

What happened to change that? Is the government doing
anything about this problem?

O

__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

I

I would like to write them down first. The
government________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

O
I

Yes. That is right.
What else do you think should or could be done?

O

__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

CC 204 0 E ng lis h for Acad e mic S t udie s ( He al th C are) – S tudy G uide

Further
questions for
clarification of
the official’s
answer
The official
explains the
reasons with
supporting
evidence.
Question
number 3 –
follow-up
question asked
by the
interviewer
The official
explains with
examples.

Jot down
important
points and
clarify the
wordings with
the official.
Question
number 4 –
follow-up
question asked
by the
interviewer
The official
explains with
examples.

I

Oh, I see. Do you have anything more you would like to
share, such as ________________________
_________________________________________
_________________________________________
_________________________________________?

O

Yes.
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________
__________________________________________

I

Thank you! You have been very helpful. I thank you for
your time and your answer to my questions. If I need a
little more information, may I call you?

O

Yes. Certainly. My pleasure to answer your questions. I
wish you success on your report.
--End--

Question
number 5 –
Ask the
interviewee if
there are
important
ideas that
he/she hasn’t
talked about
The official
explains with
examples.

Closing
Ask the
interviewee for
permission to
follow up for
clarifications
or additional
questions

Adapted from:
Spencer, C.M., & Arbon, B. (1997). Foundations of writing: Developing research and academic writing
skills. Lincolnwood, Illinois: NTC.

CC 204 0 E ng lis h for Acad e mic S t udie s ( He al th C are) – S tudy G uide

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