The Interview

Type of Activity: Icebreaker/ Get to Know You

Props Needed: None

Set Up: You can use this activity to acquaint members of a newly formed group or help an intact group learn more about one another. By learning more about one another, the group becomes familiar with each other, thus establishing trust.

Process: To begin the interview, ask the group to get into groups of two to three people.  This group should be comprised of participants who do not know each other very well. Groups of three participants are encouraged.

Each person should interview their partner.  Make sure that the participants know their answers will be disclosed to the entire group. The interview questions should touch on where they grew up, family, likes, dislikes, feelings toward conflict, and experience either being bullied or being the bully.  Allow those groups with three people a few extra minutes to complete their interviews.

After the interview process, each person will be introduced to the group by his/her partner(s).

Variation: Ask each person to develop two interview questions to ask another member of the group.  Have participants conduct the interview as if they were participating in a press conference.  The questions can be thought provoking but should not be too personal. Encourage them to be creative in designing their questions. Person being interview has right to not answer a question if it makes them uncomfortable.

Have the group divide into pairs and have them share some information about themselves for a few minutes.  After everyone has had adequate time to become acquainted, instruct partners to sit with their backs to each other.  Then taking turns, each person describes his/her neighbor to the group regarding physical appearance (color of shirt, pants, shoes, eyes, hair, etc.)

Debriefing Topics:

  • Did you enjoy being the interviewer or being interviewed better?
  • When given time to share in a small group or partnership, how did your conversation change?
  • Did you spend more time asking specific questions, or did you have an open-ended discussion?
  • Did you share anything that you normally do not share?
  • What is one memorable thing you learned about your partner?
  • Did any of the questions make you uncomfortable?
  • Why is it important to learn more about people we do not know very well?

For original write up purchase "Setting the Conflict Compass" by Cummings & Anderson.  

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