Partner Interview Reflection
During the partner interviews I had plenty of fun and I learned many things. I gained a lot of insight into proper interviewing, not only from the feedback my partner, Joanne, gave me, but also from observing the interviews of my group members and others outside of my group. The positive feedback I was given noted that I did a good job of keeping attentive body language to tell the interviewee I was listening, proper eye contact, I kept a clear and loud voice, and I also asked good shooting and fishing questions plus many in-depth follow up questions. Additionally, my introduction to the interview was also friendly and welcoming, and I did my best to form connections with my interviewee and ask for clarifications on things I didn’t completely understand. I also made sure to thank my interviewee! I will make sure to bring these good qualities to my Eminent interview. If the Eminent interview ends up being a phone or voice call, I will make sure to emphasize my voice even more, however I will still do my best to keep the habit of having good and attentive body language. Overall, I will make sure to build upon my current interviewing strengths to make my interview as productive and welcoming as possible. Some of the constructive criticism feedback I was given was to take the interview a tad more seriously, as I did laugh a lot and joke around a bit as this was a less formal interview. However, during the Eminent interview, I need to take it a bit more seriously. Furthermore, I did sometimes unintentionally interrupt the interviewee with the next question or follow up question as I thought they were finished answering when they were not. And even though I did have a clear and loud voice, I did occasionally stutter a bit as I was nervous. During my Eminent interview, I need to make sure to first, take it seriously, and second be more careful of what I say and when I say it.
Besides my feedback and criticism, I also learned a lot from observing the interviews of others. One funny thing that happened was that one person in my group accidentally got distracted by a hummingbird outside. I’ll make sure not to get distracted during my Eminent interview. I also saw other interviewers sharing their own answers and examples to the question they gave if the question was a bit harder to understand, or to just connect with the interviewee. Some interviews also ended up turning into mini conversations, which I think is a good thing. To summarize, I will build upon my good qualities for my Eminent interview and work on my subpar areas, as well as referencing this peer interview experience. Thank you.