Practice Interview Reflection

For my practice interview, I was tasked with asking questions to Annie while Sinu took notes on my performance. I thought it went quite well and I am satisfied with the answers I received from Annie. The most important aspect I made an effort to incorporate was follow-up questions to retrieve more information from my interviewee through previous questions. Sinu let me know how that was one of the strongest skills that I carried out during the interview. Along with asking follow-up questions, Sinu thought that my methods of allowing Annie to further elaborate on her answers was helpful and was sure to tell me to bring this into our official interviews. A place where I can improve upon is the greeting at the beginning of the interview. I forgot to greet Annie at the beginning of the interview because we had already been with each other as a group for a while, however, it is important to have a somewhat formal greeting to set the stage for a formal interview, which is what will be taking place in the coming weeks. Furthermore, Sinu pointed out my use of “um’s” and pauses which I was absolutely aware of during our interview since I tend to use those as filler words while I think of follow-up questions. On another note, to do with pauses, Sinu had noticed that some of Annie and I’s responses to each other ended quite abruptly, creating an awkward pause, so using transition words and keeping the conversation flowing will be an import aspect to implement during my official interview. In addition, another filler word Sinu found me using a bit too much was “alright”, which I guess was my main transition word used throughout Annie’s interview. This can simply be solved with using other, possibly heightened, transition words to navigate through subtopics. On a positive note, Sinu made it clear how I kept a steady pace throughout the informal interview which will be an important skill to transfer to our main interviews as keeping a good pace will allow for our time together to not go longer than our scheduled time. Lastly, Sinu suggested for me to make more connections with the interviewee with phrases such as “me too” for them to feel better listened to as well as relating their answer to my own life. However, it will be quite tough to relate to my own life with how World War II soldiers experienced struggles. Overall, I’m quite excited for my interview in the coming weeks and I am anticipating on learning a lot more about the conditions soldiers went through during the war and possibly learning even more about Desmond Doss, my eminent person.