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            Conducting the Information Interview pre-test

This is the post-test for the tutorial, Conducting the Information Interview. Answer the questions below to determine what you've learned from the modules and applications on information interviewing.

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  1. The next step after selecting interviewees in the information interview process is:

    preparing the report.
    presenting the report.
    conducting the interview.
    researching the topic.
    determining the purpose.
    selecting interviewers.
    structuring the interview.

  2. In deciding how to present the report, the researcher/interviewer should ask all of the following questions EXCEPT:

    What format will best allow me to present my topic in an engaging, informative, and effective way?
    How complex/simple is my topic?
    What are my audience's interests, needs, experiences?
    What format will take the least amount of time for me to prepare?
    What are my communication strengths?
    What are my communication weaknesses?
    What are the requirements of the assignment?

  3. To increase the likelihood that an interviewee will be available for an interview, the interviewer should:

    use her or his contacts to help set up the interview.
    deceive the interviewee about the actual nature of interview.
    provide the interviewee with all the interview questions in advance.
    schedule the interview for the weekend.
    choose a location that will be challenging and uncomfortable for the interviewee.
    tell the interviewee that the interview can be done at any place and any time.
    take a negative approach and assume the interviewee will not agree to the interview.

  4. Often the final report in the information interview:

    is brief and to the point.
    includes verbatim transcripts of every interview conducted.
    takes a unimodal approach to presenting the findings.
    requires the researcher/interviewer to do minimal analysis of the interviews.
    makes no mention of the people interviewed for the project.
    relies on multiple communication channels.
    is highly technical and complex.

  5. What question sequence should interviewers use when covering topics interviewees may find painful or difficult and therefore are reluctant to discuss?

    quintamensional design
    inverted funnel

  6. What is the foundation of the information interview?

    the interviewee's answers
    the interview opening
    the interview closing
    the body of the interview
    the purpose
    the interview's structure
    the interviewer

  7. The ethical information interviewer:

    gives preferential treatment to some interviewees.
    applies different standards of justice to different interviewees.
    intentionally harms interviewees if they don't cooperate.
    does not purposefully deceive interviewees.
    uses whatever means are necessary to get the entire story.
    omits information that does not fit with the interviewer's perspective.
    demands respect from interviewees.

  8. In the post-interview discussion for the interview's closing, the:

    interviewer should bring up any topics she or he forgot to cover in the body of the interview.
    tape recorder should be left on without the interviewee's knowledge.
    interviewer should continue taking notes in case the interviewee adds any useful information.
    interaction is considered part of the formal interview.
    participants should avoid any sort of "chit chat" and focus only on the task at hand.
    information revealed is seldom useful.
    interviewee often relaxes and may relay important information.

  9. Researching the topic is essential to the information interview in that the reseacher/interviewer can then:

    demonstrate that she or he knows more about the topic than the interviewees.
    rely less on interviewees for information.
    identify who would be appropriate interviewees.
    prepare the report before conducting interviews.
    determine the interview's purpose.
    point out the interviewees' errors during the interviews.
    provide a broad-base of support for her/his own views on the topic.

  10. An interviewer asks, "What did you did you like or dislike about the last book you read and how did you decide to read that book?" What is the primary problem with this question?

    social accessibility
    physical accessibility
    psychological accessibility
    information level

  11. "Did you say you're from San Jose or San Diego?" is what type of secondary question?

    nudging probe
    mirror question
    reflective question
    reactive probe
    probe to increase clarity
    probe to identify feelings
    clearinghouse probe

  12. One critical thinking skill used in the information interview process is:

    passive listening.
    making statements.
    criticizing interviews during the interview.
    ignoring values associated with different perspectives.
    identifying underlying assumptions.
    surfing the Internet.
    asking tangential questions.

  13. Inferences are:

    based on sufficient and relevant evidence.
    statements of fact.
    certainties rather than probabilities.
    confined to the present and cannot be related to the past or future.
    a way to bring people together and encourage agreement.
    drawn only after observing something with our senses.
    unlikely to cause conflict.

  14. "What is your favorite color?" is what type of question?

    highly closed-ended
    highly open-ended
    moderately open-ended
    moderately closed-ended