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Preparing for an Interview:
Good Questions Get Good Answers

There's no substitute for talking to an eyewitness. An eyewitness is a person who has seen something or someone and can describe what he or she saw. If you want to find out about a ball game, interview someone who attended the game.

Where to Find It
To prepare for an interview, you need to do some research. Here are some things to think about:

  • What do I know about the person I will be interviewing?
  • What is the main topic I want to discuss?
  • What are the parts of my topic that I don't know about or that I don't understand?

Suppose you were going to interview the town mayor. You know that she plans to build a new playground behind your school. Use the reseach questions above to make a list of what you know and what you want to find out.

I Know I Want to Find Out
Mayor Brown is the mayor of our town.

She plans to build a new playground behind the school.

What kind of play equipment will there be?

Will there be a soccer field?

When will the playground open?

Research Tip
To get the answers you want, ask clear, specific questions.

How to Show It
One way to share interview results is to write a report. You could write out each question, marked "Q" followed by each answer, marked "A."

For more practice, try Preparing for an Interview: Write a Letter.

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