Interview Strategy

Interview Strategy

Redmond Reams, PhD, licensed psychologist, Oregon Health and Science University Division of Child Psychiatry and Portland State University Graduate Certificate Program in Infant/Toddler Mental Health, and Jennifer Boss, director, Early Head Start National Resource Center, do a role play to demonstrate interviewing relationship-ready staff.

The following handout is referred to as Handout 4 in the video clip.

Handout 4 - Interview questions to assess relationship-readiness

Part 1:

Think of a client you have had a substantial relationship with before and then I am going to ask you some questions about that client and your relationship

Selected questions:

  • Describe your relationship with this child
  • I’d like you to choose five adjectives that reflect your relationship with this child. This might take some time and then I’m going to ask you why you chose them.
  • What was going on inside the child when he or she was upset?
  • How did you respond when this child was upset?
  • How did it affect you on the inside when this child was upset?
  • Why did you choose this child to talk about?

Part 2:

Think of a specific difficulty you have had with a colleague or supervisor Selected questions:

  • Please describe what you think was going on in that situation.
  • What were your feelings?
  • Describe how you believe the other person saw this situation differently from you.
  • If you had the situation to do over again, what would you do differently?

Based on the Adult Attachment Interview developed by Mary Main.

Reflection Questions

  1. How rich and elaborate are the descriptions of other people? Explain.
  2. How much does the intervewee seem emotionally connected to the person being discussed?
  3. How closely does this interviewing style resemble how you interview potential staff?
  4. How would you change your interview techniques based on what you have heard?

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