The Interview Essay examples

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The Interview

Type Of Interview

For my assignment I chose to examine an interview I was a party to at my
place of employment with the local Association For Community Living. It was an
orientation meeting for a new client moving into a group home where I currently
work as a Direct Care Worker. Under the classification of interviews, my
analysis focuses on an Information Giving type of interview.
As outlined in class, information giving interviews are used to obtain
facts, opinions, feelings, attitudes, reasons for actions, trends or beliefs.
My specific interview was to inform, organize and assist the staff team, of
which I am a member, in supporting a new individual moving into the house.

Purpose Of The Interview

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As a
staff team we set goals for ourselves.


As the supervisor shifted the conversation towards questions or concerns
surrounding the new client, I began to feel things drawing to a close. All new
information was reviewed and summarized to ensure understanding. The staff's
new role was clarified and the next steps were identified. After a final round
of clearinghouse questions, we agreed to meet again to review and evaluate our
progress after a trial period (one month).


Inclusion refers to how much a party is willing and able to take part in
an interview. The staff team were willing and able to learn. The supervisor
was able but seemed somewhat closed to offering specific information. For
example, the supervisor was evasive to questions regarding specific amounts of
support required for the new client.
As the interview progressed, the unwillingness on the supervisor's part
to exchange information caused defensiveness in the staff members. The
supervisor continued this throughout and staff became noticeably upset and


Control refers to the degree of power each party in the interview has to
influence the nature and/or outcome of that interview. The supervisor, from my
point of view, had more control due to job position/status, as well as having
the information that staff was seeking. Control was exercised by the supervisor

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