“Proper planning and preparation prevents poor performance” ― Stephen Keague, The Little Red Handbook of Public Speaking and Presenting

Assignment for Assessment


You will have to conduct an interview: record it, and upload on BBL. You will be able to upload it on 13 April. Deadline: 20 April.

How to Conduct an Interview

1. Begin with a question that focuses on the person and not the topic at hand. For example,"Where did you grow up," or "What was your first job?" This relaxes the atmosphere, makes your conversation friendly and safe.

2. Make some questions open-ended. All interviews require you to ask specific questions that get answered with narrow data points. "What was your last achievement?" However, the most interesting responses you will get by asking open-ended questions, such as, "What is your vision for your organization five years from today?" or "What can you tell about..."

3. Ask what you do not know. Do not ask questions if you can anticipate the answers.

4. Listen and do not interrupt the speaker. Make the interview a conversation, not an interrogation.

5. Try not to ask a question that the person has already answered (it will show that YOU were not listening at all).

6. Ask follow-up questions. Listen to the initial answer, then ask why, when or how a situation turned out. Or ask who did what. 

7. Personalize your thank-you with specific references to issues you discussed in the interview.

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