Getting to Know You Interview

This activity can help group members learn more about one another in a fun and positive way. Group members will interview one another, write up some part of what they’ve learned, and then share their writing with the group. Even if people have worked together for a long time, they are likely to learn new things about one another, to better appreciate everyone in the group.

 

Step One: The group brainstorms questions they can ask one another, as a volunteer writes them on a large piece of chart paper or a white-board — whatever is available. The questions should be those that most people will be comfortable answering. Try to get a nice long list from which people can choose.

Step Two: People choose interview partners. It’s good to talk with someone you don’t know well, but even good friends can be surprised at the new things they learn about one another.

Step Three: Time to interview each other. One group member should volunteer to be the time-keeper. Allow about seven or eight minutes for one person to talk and then give a signal to switch roles. Each person should take notes on what his or her partner shares.

Step Four: Now it’s time to write. To draft an “introduction of your partner to the group,” you can discuss one key trait of your person or focus on 2 or 3 significant items. What is the most surprising or unique thing you discovered? How are the two of you are alike and different?

Step Five: Each writer should check with his or her interviewee to make sure the information is accurate and the interviewee is comfortable with what’s being said.

Step Six: Finally, interview pieces can be read aloud to the whole group.

Variation: Self-interviews. Participants can write about themselves instead of another person using many of the above steps. They can then read the interview and introduce themselves to the group.