Apply interviewing types and techniques to collect information
You are a newly hired victim/witness advocate interviewing a male victim of domestic violence. This requires
sensitivity, yet you have a job to do: assess the victim’s readiness for and willingness to participate in the court
process. Because you are new to your job, your supervisor would like you to describe your strategy for this
interview before you go into the field.
First, read the Project Three Scenario. Then complete each of the following:
Strategy Part 1: Interview Purpose
To begin your interview strategy, in about one paragraph, describe the purpose and context of the interview.
Answer the following questions in your description:
Why are you interviewing this person?
Why do you need this information?
What information do you need to provide to this person?
Strategy Part 2: Setting
Next, explain how the formal or informal setting impacts an interview. In 250–300 words, answer the following:
What is the impact of the overall setting on the interviewee (the person being interviewed)?
What is the impact of the overall setting on the interviewer (the person conducting the interview)?
Strategy Part 3: Techniques and Strategies
Next, describe the effectiveness of interview techniques and strategies. In 250–300 words, answer the
Does your interviewee feel “free to leave”? Why or why not?
What type of body language will you use? Why?
What tone of voice will you use? Why?
Strategy Part 4: Question Types
Next, predict which question types will be the most helpful to gather necessary information. There are seven
question types: reflective, directive, pointed, indirect, self-appraisal, diversion, and leading. Answer the
following questions as you consider these question types:
What information do you need in this interview?
Which types of questions will help you gain the information you need?
Are there any question types that will be more useful to gain the information you need than others? Why?
Are there any question types that will be less useful to gain the information you need than others? Why?
What are some pitfalls you will want to avoid in creating your questions?
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