Assignment 3: —Create an Interview Guide
February 26, 2014 complete the following assignment below.
the first week of class you conducted your first practice interview. You
have since had the opportunity to learn about the formal process of
interviewing and the techniques used in interviewing. With this new information
in mind, it is time to develop a detailed plan for your second interview, which
you may conduct face-to-face or over the telephone. Your second interview is
broken down into two parts.
The first portion, preparing for the
interview, is due this week in Module 3 (Assignment 3).
second part of this assignment, conducting and analyzing the interview, is due
in Module 5 (Assignment 5).
For this week you will be completing
A. You will need to:
1.Locate a Volunteer:
He/she will play the role of
“client” seeking help for persistent headaches and problems sleeping. The
person you interview can be someone you know personally or you can contact your
classmates through the Student Lounge to arrange to interview one another.
client believes that stress may be part of the problem with his/her
symptoms. Remember that this is a role play, and your volunteer should be
aware that this is a practice interview and not a real psychological
to conducting your interview, ask your volunteer to think about stress that
s/he can discuss related to the client’s problems (e.g., your client may think
about stress from a job or stress related to a relationship with a significant
other). However, DO NOT have your volunteer discuss this stress with you prior
to the interview. You want to be able to explore this topic in depth during
your interview. This scenario is intentionally left open-ended in order to
allow students to maximize opportunity to utilize interview skills during the
2.Create an Interview Guide:
order to achieve a quality interview, you will need to first plan your
interview, which is this week’s assignment (you will conduct and analyze the
interview in Module 5).
purpose of your interview is to gather in-depth information to aid in diagnosis
and treatment planning for the client. You will need to gather detailed
information about the symptoms being reported for both headaches and sleep
problems (e.g., How often are the headaches occurring? How long do they
last? What do they feel like? Has any treatment helped? Is
there any pattern to the headaches?). You will also need to present a
complete picture of the patient. What is the patient’s gender, age,
marital status, and employment status? Be sure to go beyond these example
questions, and provide an in-depth, highly detailed interview with your client.
Interview Guide Topics
The Interview Guide should directly address the below
topics. Use each of these topics as headings within your paper to
ensure that you directly respond to each. You should respond with at
least a paragraph for each topic/heading.
and summarize the purpose of your interview. How will the information you
gather be used?
how you will structure the interview and your reasoning behind the structuring
of the interview. Include a list of topics you plan to cover.
the questions you will use to obtain the information (develop a minimum of
15-20 questions). Be sure that you develop a minimum of 5 open and 5 closed
a minimum of 5 examples of paraphrasing, summaries, or
that could be used during your interview (must have at least one of each
paraphrase, summary, and reflection). When you conduct your actual interview,
these exact examples you create may not fit depending on the responses of your
interviewee, but it is important to start thinking now about how you will
incorporate these techniques. For this Interview Guide assignment,
develop hypothetical examples of each type of technique.
the opening techniques you will utilize to build rapport with the
types/examples of questions you want to avoid during interview.
an Analysis Summary:
addition to the Interview Guide include an analysis (2-3 paragraphs) of your
own preliminary thoughts about this client based on the limited information you
have about this client. Have you ever known a person with chronic headaches or
sleep problems? What is your “gut reaction” to hearing about a patient with
chronic headaches and problems sleeping? That the person is a complainer? Is
he/she a victim of terrible illness? Spend some time examining your thoughts
and attitudes. It is normal for all of us to make at least preliminary
assumptions about everyone we come in to contact with, and a good interviewer
has awareness of his or her preliminary assumptions. Include the following
in your analysis:
a.Identify your own beliefs
(sympathetic, unsympathetic, or some mixture of both) and explain how these
could affect your interview. Do you think that your beliefs are influenced by
your own age, cultural, gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity?
b.Identify steps you can take to limit
the impact of your own beliefs on the interview. Be as specific as possible.
Remember that you will need a volunteer to role play your client in Module 5.
Work on identifying that person now and scheduling your interview well in
advance to avoid any possible scheduling delays. You will also need to audio or
video record the interview in Module 5 so that you can later transcribe the
interview. Make sure you have access to the equipment you will need.
your assignment to the M3: Assignment 2 Dropbox.
2 Grading Criteria
and summarized the purpose of the interview.
the topics he/she planned to cover during the interview. Explained how to
structure the interview and the reasoning behind the structuring of the
the questions (5 open ended and 5 closed ended) to be used to obtain the
information during the interview.
hypothetical examples of techniques (paraphrasing, summaries, or reflections)
that could be used during the interview.
the opening techniques to be utilized to build rapport with the
types/examples of questions you want to avoid during the interview.
and explained how one’s own beliefs could affect the interview. Analyzed how
beliefs are influenced by one’s own cultural, gender, sexual orientation or
steps to take to limit the impact of one’s own beliefs on the
Style (4 points): Tone, audience, and
Organization (12 points): Introduction,
transitions, and conclusion
and Mechanics (12
points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use
of quotations and other elements of style