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Interview Tips:

Think like a Pro & Ask questions like a Boss.

Stage 1 : Empathize

Our next step in Empathizing is conducting interviews. How we develop our


questions and plan ahead of time will directly impact the quality of the
information we learn. DONT GO IN WITHOUT A PLAN!!

Here are some tips from the professionals:

1. Start with GENERAL questions about hobbies, passions, etc. to get things
started. This will help make both of you comfortable.

2. Always ask OPEN ENDED questions, not yes/no questions


Tell me what you think
Why do you think

3. Ask REFLECTION questions:


What were some of the unexpected challenges/benefits?
How has this experience impacted your life?

4. Ask questions that CONFIRM what you may ALREADY KNOW. They may not volunteer
the information you are looking for if you dont ask for it!

5. Ask about FEELINGS:


How do you feel about
What was it like to do
Why do you do what you do
What motivates you

6. Trick them into getting the sound bite you want:


If you want them to say This was the most important event in my life,
then ask was this the most important event in your life? Then if they
answer yes, you can write _______ said this was the most important event in
his/her life.

7. Always close with IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOUD LIKE TO ADD?


IQW: Interview Question Worksheet

Interview: (Expert) psychologist


Which interview is this?

Objective: A good objective statement might be something like: To


What is your objective in find out the experts most difficult obstacle. or To
this interview? A clear Find out how to start treating depression.
objective will help you
develop your questions to
achieve your goal.

Potential Contacts: You should have at least 3 potential contacts to


start.

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
psychologist Address:

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:

Questions: List your questions here


Start with your opening How long have you been in this field?
questions and funnel - 7 years
down to your meaty What kind of skills have you learned from treating
questions. You want to people with depression?
guide them gently from - People have bigger struggles than others.
simple, general questions Everyone responds differently to different
to the questions that interventions and skills.
attack the heart of your
How do you approach the person?
issue.
- It depends on the person. For some people it
might take a little longer to warm up. Some are
willing to talk about it right away. For other
people it might be focus on something else that
is easier to talk about, then work their way to
talk about the other challenging parts that are
hard to talk about.
What makes this such a big issue, that people often
overlook?
- In our society we get a lot of messages about
what were suppose to feel and what not to. With
depression we hear things like cheer up, get
over it, snap out of it, you have no reason to
feel this way, you have everything. We recieve
a lot of messages that it is not okay but the
reality is that sadness is always an okay thing
to feel, it is an important emotion that we have
and depression might mean that the sadness has
spiral out of control but society has to do a
lot with it. In general were not knowledge and
accepting of emotions including sadness and
depression.
Do you get more teenagers or adults?
- More adults than teenagers but recently
teenagers are speaking up and wanting to get
help with depression but when a teenager is
feeling pressure to come seek help by a parent
or someone it makes them harder for them. They
get more out of it if they want the help.

How can we tell if we/our someone we know is


depressed?
- Shutting down, not reaching out to friends,
emotional eating, too much time in bed, staying
inside the house too often.
How do you think we can help them?
- Its helpful to let them know that theyre not
alone. Also that there are some good treatments
for depression. It has to be their decision but
just letting them know that there is help and
when theyre ready you will be there to assist
them.
Do you feel like medicine actually helps them out?
- It can be helpful for some people, it needs to
be a particular type of medicine. Talk with a
medical doctor, there is certain medication that
are anti-anxiety that are only meant to be used
short term. You can get addictive and It can
cause other problems if you use it for a long
term. For some people they respond well to
antidepressants who find it very helpful others
dont. The combination of both is really good
because once you stopped taking medication the
benefits are gone. Building skills are really
helpful.
How many teenagers have said they are suicidal?
- Its very common they have express thoughts
about ending their lives and they're afraid to
disclose that because they feel like you might
call the police on them or might send them to
the hospital.

Remember ALWAYS CLOSE with this question:


Is there anything else youd like to add?

Interview: ( Victim)
Which interview is this?

Objective: A good objective statement might be something like: To


What is your objective in find out Saras most difficult obstacle. or To Find out
this interview? A clear how depression started to become a problem
objective will help you
develop your questions to
achieve your goal.

Potential Contacts: You should have at least 3 potential contacts to


start.

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:

Questions: List your questions here


Start with your opening
questions and funnel How long were you depressed? Do you feel like you
down to your meaty have fully recovered?
questions. You want to -For about a year. It comes and then it goes which I
guide them gently from dont think I have fully recovered.
simple, general questions Did you seek medical attention?
to the questions that -Yes. Im still going to a therapist to talk about it.
attack the heart of your What were the changes you made during your recovery?
issue. At first the motivation to be lazy was there.
Did you ever talk to any friends about your
situation? Who helped you the most?
-Yes but I think it didn't really understand me so I
didnt try to so I went to a therapist and talked
about it

Were you ever unsure about being depressed? When did


it first affect you?

-In a way no because it wasnt normal to just be sad


everyday and lose motivation.

What were the motives for your depression?


-Well friends were one of the motives but also like
family problems. I felt like everything was my fault,
so the blame would be there.

How would you describe your emotions towards


depression?
-Confusing
What motivates you to be better?
-I think about the things the positive things in life
and how to overcome it.
Do you feel like things could have been different?
-Yes in some parts but it made me the person that I
am today.
When do you seek for help?
-When I feel like its starting to get bad again.
Have you ever thought about hurting yourself?
-Honesty I have but not the thoughts of suicide, just
the thought of thinking it would be a better
situation for others if I were gone.
What has been the best advice?

Do you surround yourself with negative people or


positive people?
-Well positive people, I try to stay away from the
negative people.
Did depression make you become anti-social?
-Yes, I pushed people away because I didnt want them
to get tired of me being sad. I thought I was like
the negative side of them.
If it keeps getting worse what would be the best
option?
-Well if the DNA runs in family and would be best to
take medication that takes care of it.
How long do you attend those sessions?
-I used to go once a week every month but right now
it has been different. It feels like it has affected
me in ways but right now its at a point where it can
get better.

Remember ALWAYS CLOSE with this question:


Is there anything else youd like to add?

Interview: (Opposer)Student
Which interview is this?

Objective: A good objective statement might be something like: To


What is your objective in find out Damiens most difficult obstacle. or To Find
this interview? A clear out how others being depressed started to become a
objective will help you problem
develop your questions to
achieve your goal.

Potential Contacts: You should have at least 3 potential contacts to


start.

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Student Address:

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:
Questions: List your questions here
Start with your opening What is your opinion of people who are consistently
questions and funnel depressed?
down to your meaty -They should get better and seek a professional such
questions. You want to as a therapist
guide them gently from
simple, general questions
to the questions that What do you think about depression?
attack the heart of your
-Its a Low state in people's life and they shouldnt
issue.
go through it alone. Its a sad times in their lives.
Proper medical treatment and they should be fine

Do you feel that depression is much easier to cure


than what the public thinks?
-Yes its pretty easy to get away from depression
just simple medicine or just find things that make
the person happy and not so depressed

Do you think people decide to be depressed?


-Sometimes yeah for attention. In other cases people
are legitly depressed, those people are the ones who
seek medical attention and go on anti-depressions. It
depends on the person being.

Do you feel like people who are depressed are often


suicidal?
-Yes some people depending on the case become
suicidal and they feel that life is not important.
Theyre sad so they become suicidal but not every
depressed person becomes suicidal.
Have you ever experience depression?
-Personally no

Remember ALWAYS CLOSE with this question:


Is there anything else youd like to add?

Interview: ( Advocate) teacher


Which interview is this?

Objective: A good objective statement might be something like: To


What is your objective in find out __________s most difficult obstacle. or To
this interview? A clear Find out how those around them with depression started to
objective will help you become a problem
develop your questions to
achieve your goal.

Potential Contacts: You should have at least 3 potential contacts to


start.

Name: Michelle Phone: 619-800-1566


Lopez Email: drmichellelopez@gmail.com
Position: Address: 16959 Bernardo Center Drive, Suite
psychologist 200
San Diego, CA 92128

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:

Name: Phone:
Position: Email:
Address:

Questions: List your questions here


Start with your opening
questions and funnel
down to your meaty How do you believe depression begins?
questions. You want to -By questioning your thoughts or actions. Second
guide them gently from guessing yourself with lack
simple, general questions
to the questions that Do you believe medicine really helps depression?
attack the heart of your
- Yes, being on medication helps be less worried.
issue.
What are some things that have been bad about being
depressed?
-Not much fun to be around. You can be negative. It
limits your potential

Do you have any family affected by depression?


-Little bit nothing completely over taking.

Do you believe that depression affects those around?


-people worry about you more. They treat you
differently
How long do you think that someone feels depressed
for?
-off and on, being on a funk just like some days are
better than others.
Would you say sadness and depression are the same?
- No sadness goes away and depression stays with
you, into a dark side.

Remember ALWAYS CLOSE with this question:


Is there anything else youd like to add?

Interview: Victim (wants to be annonymous)


Which interview is this?

Objective: A good objective statement might be something like: To


What is your objective in find out __________s most difficult obstacle. or To
this interview? A clear Find out how _____________ started to become a problem
objective will help you
develop your questions to
achieve your goal.

Potential Contacts: You should have at least 3 potential contacts to


start.

Name: Phone: n/a


Anonymous Address: n/a
Position:
Student

Name: Phone:
Email:

Questions: List your questions here


Start with your opening How old are you?
questions and funnel How long have you struggled with depression?
down to your meaty When did you first realize you were depressed?
questions. You want to If you can, do you know how you became depressed?
guide them gently from What did you do once you realized you were depressed?
simple, general questions Who did you tell if anybody?
to the questions that Who do you have, if anybody that supports you with it
attack the heart of your
What would you say to someone who is struggling with
issue.
depression?
How did you get out of depression?
What did you do to help yourself get out of
depression?
Is there anything else you would like to add?
ANSWERS:
16 years old currently
They have struggled with depression on and off for
about 5 years
They first realized they were depressed when they
were about 11, they didnt know they were depressed
until someone pointed it out to them and they still
didnt want to believe it, it just felt like they
were tired all the time and didnt wanna go out and
didnt have any motivation for doing anything.
They didnt know how they became depressed, they have
been diagnosed with mood disorder and chronic
depression but still doesnt know how it starts.
Once they realized they were depressed they started
taking anti depressants which helped a little bit.
This first time they got depressed they kept it to
themselves but the second time they opened up to a
few trusted friends which helped them out a lot to
talk about it.
Their mom helped them but the people that they talked
to about it helped them the most because it helped
make them feel like theyre not going through it
alone.
Advice they have for someone going through depression
is to talk about it with some close friends because
it really helps a lot to take a lot of the weight off
of your shoulders and it feels like youre not alone
during it all.
The main thing that helped them get out of depression
is to do things that they know they enjoy doing. This
person really liked doing sports and they tried to be
as active as possible and get out and do as much as
possible even though they didnt want to go out in
the first place.
Something that they did to help themselves get out of
depression is to look online and find things that
help with depression. Things like setting goals like
talking to at least 10 people a day.
The one thing they would like to add is they want
people to know that they are not alone.

Remember ALWAYS CLOSE with this question:


Is there anything else youd like to add?
Interview: Expert
Which interview is this?

Objective: A good objective statement might be something like: To


What is your objective in find out __________s most difficult obstacle. or To
this interview? A clear Find out how _____________ started to become a problem
objective will help you
develop your questions to
achieve your goal.

Potential Contacts: You should have at least 3 potential contacts to


start.

Name: Phone: 619.787.6676


Position: Email: peptherapy@gmail.com
Psychotherapis Address: 3737 Camino del Rio South,
t Ste 302

Questions: List your questions here


Start with your opening How many teenagers come to talk?
questions and funnel Do adults go there often?
down to your meaty If a teenager starts feeling better like what are the
questions. You want to main goals that are set?
guide them gently from Do you have teenagers who have a hard time finding
simple, general questions positivity?
to the questions that How does the connection with the person improve?
attack the heart of your
How many teenagers say they want to end their life?
issue.
What has been the chances a teenagers get affected by
words that people at school use on them?
How many times have they told you that they dont
feel like they can talk to anyone?
What are the causes that makes an adult feel depress?
Is there anything youd like to add?

Do adults go there often? We see about 60% adults and


40% teens currently. This varies, but it's usually
within 5% of this.

If a teenager starts feeling better like what are the


main goals that are set? To increase the things that
make people feel better, ie having a life worth
living and setting the goals that will achieve that.

Do you have teenagers who have a hard time finding


positivity? Yes, positivity can be very difficult to
find for anyone, and it can be especially difficult
if there aren't enough life experiences to easily
connect to and draw from.

How does the connection with the person improve?


People can improve by feeling more connected to other
people, and improving relationships is a great way to
do this. We talk about specific ways to improve
relationships with others and especially the people
that are closest to them.

How many teenagers say they want to end their life?


About 1/2 of the teens we see have some of those
thoughts. Sometimes the thoughts are less specific,
ie "I don't want to be here anymore."

What has been the chances a teenagers get affected by


words that people at school use on them? Teens are
very affected by words. If the words are perceived as
mean, then they have a lot of power and teens can
react strongly to them. No one likes to be talked to
in a way that they perceive as mean.

How many times have they told you that they dont
feel like they can talk to anyone? It's pretty common
for teens to say that they don't feel like they can
talk to anyone. I don't have an exact number, but a
large percent feel that way.

What are the causes that makes an adult feel depress?


Adult depression and teen depression aren't far
apart. Adults become depressed when they feel alone,
misunderstood, if they have some type of conflict, if
someone dies and/or if they have a chemical
imbalance. There are many causes, and lots more I
haven't listed.
Is there anything youd like to add? Therapy can help
teens feel more in control of their life and give
them a safe place to talk. I highly recommend it if
someone feels depressed.

Remember ALWAYS CLOSE with this question:


Is there anything else youd like to add?