Introduction Interview

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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: 
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.
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.

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.
Patrick Boel - June, 2006
IRC-FN: Introduction Round