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Interview Tips:

Think like a Pro & Ask questions like a Boss.

Stage 1 : Empathize

Our next step in Empathizing is conducting interviews. How we develop


our questions and plan ahead of time will directly impact the quality
of the information we learn. DONT GO IN WITHOUT A PLAN!!

Here are some tips from the professionals:

1. Start with GENERAL questions about hobbies, passions, etc. to get


things started. This will help make both of you comfortable.

2. Always ask OPEN ENDED questions, not yes/no questions


Tell me what you think
Why do you think

3. Ask REFLECTION questions:


What were some of the unexpected challenges/benefits?
How has this experience impacted your life?

4. Ask questions that CONFIRM what you may ALREADY KNOW. They may not
volunteer the information you are looking for if you dont ask for it!

5. Ask about FEELINGS:


How do you feel about
What was it like to do
Why do you do what you do
What motivates you

6. Trick them into getting the sound bite you want:


If you want them to say This was the most important event in
my life, then ask was this the most important event in your
life? Then if they answer yes, you can write _______ said this
was the most important event in his/her life.

7. Always close with IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOUD LIKE TO ADD?


IQW: Interview Question Worksheet

Interview: (Expert, Victim, Advocate, Opposer)


Which interview is this?

Objective: A good objective statement might be something like: To


What is your objective in find out __________s most difficult obstacle. or To
this interview? A clear Find out how _____________ started to become a problem
objective will help you
develop your questions to
achieve your goal.

Potential Contacts: You should have at least 3 potential contacts to


start.

Name: Marti Phone: (619)-291-9164


Peck Email: martipeck@san.rr.com
Position: Address: 2251 San Diego Avenue |
Psychotherapis Suite B253 San Diego, CA 92110
t

Name: True Phone: (858)-202-1822


life wellbeing Email:
Position: connect@truelifewellbeing.com
Center for Address: 4520 Executive Drive
Wellbeing Suite 225 San Diego, CA 92121

Name: Achive Phone: (877) 447-6503


TMS Email:info@achievetms.com
Position: Address: 501 Washington St., Suite
Mental health 725 San Diego, CA 92103
clinic

Questions: List your questions here


Start with your opening How many teenagers come to talk?
questions and funnel Do adults go there often?
down to your meaty If a teenager starts feeling better like what are the
questions. You want to main goals that are set?
guide them gently from Do you have teenagers who have a hard time finding
simple, general questions positivity?
to the questions that How does the connection with the person improve?
attack the heart of your
How many teenagers say they want to end their life?
issue.
What has been the chances a teenagers get affected by
words that people at school use on them?
How many times have they told you that they dont
feel like they can talk to anyone?
What are the causes that makes an adult feel depress?
Is there anything youd like to add?

Remember ALWAYS CLOSE with this question:


Is there anything else youd like to add?

Interview: Victim
Which interview is this?

Objective: A good objective statement might be something like: To


What is your objective in find out __________s most difficult obstacle. or To
this interview? A clear Find out how _____________ started to become a problem
objective will help you
develop your questions to
achieve your goal.

Potential Contacts: You should have at least 3 potential contacts to


start.

Name: Phone: n/a


Anonymous Address: n/a
Position:
Student
Name: Phone:
Email:

Questions: List your questions here


Start with your opening How old are you?
questions and funnel How long have you struggled with depression?
down to your meaty When did you first realize you were depressed?
questions. You want to If you can, do you know how you became depressed?
guide them gently from
What did you do once you realized you were depressed?
simple, general questions
Who did you tell if anybody?
to the questions that
attack the heart of your Who do you have, if anybody that supports you with
issue. it?
What would you say to someone who is struggling with
depression?
How did you get out of depression?
What did you do to help yourself get out of
depression?
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Remember ALWAYS CLOSE with this question:


Is there anything else youd like to add?