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6. Sharp questions

What’s in this chapter for you

  • Why use questions? That’s the question
  • Closed questions and open questions
  • Probing questions
  • Other useful types of questions
  • Ten tried and tested questions to open up the real person

‘Do you need questions? ‘Most of my interview time is taken up with my questions and the interviewee’s answer’ ‘Questioning – isn’t that what an interview’s all about?’ ‘I just think up questions as we go along.’

– comments from experienced interviewers

Why use questions? That’s the question

There is no doubt that to most people an interview is a question and answer session. The interviewer, the interrogator; the candidate, the ‘victim’. But it isn’t always like that. An interview can also be a structured and ...

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