6 Different Discussion Types Notes

Close Ended and Open Ended Questions:

  • close ended- very short answers- yes or no
  • open ended- longer more elaborate answer- interview subject can decide what information to give you
  • open ended question- typically best when interviewing people that are not used to being interviewed
  • open ended questions- better material

Hypothetical Question

  • set up situation that could occur and ask people what they would do in that instance
  • what may or may not happen
  • Hypothetical questions are valuable with presidential candidates or anyone running for an office
  • used a lot in sports

Agree or Disagree Question

  • ask people how they feel about something in particular- an allegation, a personal opinion, etc.

Probing Question

  • follow up to something that has already been said
  • questions that arise spur of the moment
  • invasive- delves deeper into an answer

Personal Question

  • can be most difficult to ask and to answer
  • often pertains to something that happened in a person’s life that is deeply personal (divorce, rape, death, etc.)
  • must be asked in a sensitive and respectful way
  • lay forth credibility and trust with the person being interviewed before delving into personal questions
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