Introduction Interview

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Identification
Alternative names: 
In-depth Interview
Method category: 
Intent or purpose: 
The intent of this method is that participants feel more comfortable around each other and to create a more informal atmosphere.
Used as component of: 
This approach is used to give participants of a workshop/training the possibility to get more in-depth acquainted with other participants, and this in a more efficient way.
Types of Participants: 
Any types of participants who do not know each other (in a non-formal) yet can be involved in this process.
Recommended size of group: 
11-25
26-50
Remarks about group size: 
The group can be of any size, but should be bigger than ten participants.
Optimal amount of time needed: 
This process will take between 15 and 45 minutes.
Howto
Usual or Expected Outcomes: 
The outcome of this process are participants that feel more comfortable around each other.
Level of participation: 
The level of participation is normal, as the participants only have to work in groups of two and interview each other.
Ideal Conditions: 
The room (or outside) shoud be big enough for the different pairs to sit down and talk in peace.
Potential Pitfalls: 
If the introduction of another is too extensive it will be hard to stick to the schedule.
How is success evaluated: 
The process is successful when the plenary shows that people actually got to know each other.
Type of Facilitator-Client Relationship: 
A special Facilitator-Client Relationship is not neccesary as the group only needs to be instructed and supervised.
Level of Difficulty to Facilitate: 
Not set
Facilitator Personality Fit: 
This is a easy method that can be practised by anyone.
Setting and Materials: 
There should be paper, markers and post-its available so as the participants can take notes about what the other one told him/her.
Resources Needed: 
There are no additional resources needed.
Pre-Work Required: 
The facilitator could prepare a list of questions that have to / can be asked.
Procedures: 

1. The first step is to sit together in pairs and interview each other. One can use the method of an open interview, meaning that the participants think of a question themselves. It is also possible to have a list of questions from which the attending can choose. Another, more creative method would be the acrostic one. Meaning that one describes him-/herself with the letters of his/her name (e.g. SUE = sweet, unmusical, enthusiastic). A last option would be to just tell each other things about oneself that he/she considers to be interesting to others.
2. Now in a kinf of Plenary one partner introduces the other one to the group. He/She can mention whatever was considered interesting or what they had in common etc..

How flexible is the process?: 
The process is very flexible, as it can use a lot of methods and has a rather flexible time frame.
Follow-Up Required: 
There is no follow-up requiered, but a reflection is of course possible.
Background
Developer: 
Patrick Boel - June, 2006
References: 
IRC-FN: Introduction Round
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