Interview Exercise – Questioning #54On August 30, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
During the exercise the participants form pairs of two. The trainer gives the team a subject of which you can think of how you see another person regarding to that subject. For example: living as roommates together in a house. Person A now asks person B an open question to find out whether he could live in a house as roommates with person B. For example: How would you describe your personality? Person B anwsers: I think I am an open minded person and I also like to party once in a while. Now they switch rolles and person B asks person A an open question. For example: How would other people describe the negative side of your personallity? I think that will be that sometimes I can be a bit forcing. Next the trainer comes up with another subject. In this case: Find out with one question if you can run a company together. Now they both can ask each other 1 closed question, which the other one will anwser. If you have to give yourself a mark on a scale from 1 to 10, of how good of a sales person you are, which mark would that be? Person B answers: 8 Now Person B asks person A: Do you like to take initiative or do you like to await? Person A answers: I like to take initiative. Now person A comes up with a subject himself about which he can ask one question to find out how he sees person B regarding this subject. This without person B knowing which subject it’s about. In this case: Go on a holiday together. Person A now can ask an open or a closed question to find out whether he sees person B as someone to go on a holiday together or rather not. Are you an adventurous type or more someone who likes to relax? Person B now anwsers the question without knowing what the question is about so he can not give the perfect anwser. I am more of a relaxed person. Sometimes I like adventure but if I can choose I rather relax. Now person B asks a question to person A, without person A knowing what person B is trying to find out. In this case if person A is a good candidate to go out partying together a whole night long. Person B now asks: Are you someone who likes to aproaches people? Are you someone who likes to aproaches people? Person A says he is someone who approaches people very easialy and gets energy from it. After the questions they both quess what the other was trying to find out. Everyone sits in a circle and evaluates the exercise. Is it more effectively to ask an open question or a closed question to find out how you see someone regarding to a certain subject? Does the person anwsering the questions prefered to know what the other one was trying to find out? Or did he rather prefer not to know his agenda? The trainer guides the team and applies variations to the exercise. What kind of variations you can read below this video on Youtube. And haven’t you subscribed yet? Hit the subscribe button below this video on Youtube to stay tuned for a new team exercise each Sunday on youtube.com/teamexerises to improve cooperation and communication.