By: Lauren Beth Kelly
As you may know, there are several types of ways to conduct an interview. Common examples include that of a conversational, profile, question & answer, panel, and screening interview. Five styles of interviews and presentations will be discussed in this article. Question & Answer, Bullet Points, Profile, and Sub-header styles can allow your reader to better understand the perspectives of both you the interviewer, and your subject.
Interviews and presentations tend to be of either structured or unstructured formats. A structured interview is a standard set of questions in which an interviewer asks a candidate about his or her qualifications. Questions for these are usually prepared in advance. Unstructured question types are more informal and open-ended, but still address specific topics.
Question & Answer: One of the most basic examples of a structured interview can be presented using a Question & Answer format. To present these interviews, interviewee answers are edited while using the author’s own words.
A panel interview is an example of a formal and organized question and answer interview where a job candidate is asked questions by multiple individuals.
Bullet Points: With this format, a quote from an interview can be reiterated using a bullet point. With this type of formatting, longer question responses are preferred. Responses do not have to be presented in a structured format.
For example, a conversational interview can be conducted if using this formatting style. These can be helpful in determining a candidate’s understanding and perspective of a topic, situation, or setting. These can be administered via phone. To format these, you can edit the interview to portray it as a conversation that flows easily.
Profile: Profile formats and interviews are structured. A profile interview should focus on what’s significant and interesting about the candidate. This format should address points of interest about the interviewee with an elaboration on those points. Present their story with the use of quotes and in your own words.
For example, a screening interview typically precedes a more formal question and answer type of interview. Here, applicants with necessary qualifications are determined. These can be conducted via phone.
Sub-Headers: This format contains an introduction and sections in which you address components of a subject’s story using quotes. To transition the formatting, responses can be presented using subtitles. These are mainly used to present longer interviews and allow the reader to easily identify the most important points of an interview.