How to Write an Interview Narrative Essay [Template and Example]
Suppose that you have an assignment to research a topic, conduct an expert interview, and write an essay on your findings. One of the most difficult steps in this process is taking the interview transcript and turning it into a story. Whether you conduct an online or in-person interview, it’s likely that your notebook will be full of bullet points and scattered data. The question is: How can I weave this data together to tell the story of my interview?
Many interview narrative essays can follow a simple template. This template helps fit the puzzle pieces together to tell a story in an interesting way. I will share an example of an interview narrative essay that I wrote in high school.
And as always, show don’t tell.
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The best interviews are conversational, yet still have structure. This article will walk you through some important things to cover during your interview, as well as provide guidance on how to craft an effective interview question. Read on for more!
You can use your phone or an audio recorder. This way you can focus all your attention on the interview and not scramble to write things down. This will make it easier to include direct quotes when you start writing.
Start by asking your subject to introduce him/herself, what they do that’s relevant to the topic at hand, and how long they’ve done it. Pay close attention to what they are saying and make eye contact. Try to use what they are saying to think of more questions. Make it more a conversation than a list of questions.
Ask the questions you need to know for your topic, but also try to ask questions based on what they say to you in previous responses. Experienced interviewers will ask their subjects about their personal thoughts and reactions to events and people they deal with. Personal references tend to elicit interesting and meaningful responses that will bring substance to an article.
Unless you need to use the recording of the interview for a multimedia project, feel free to say words that show you are listening and understanding, like “yeah” and “mmhmm.” If you actually need to use the audio of the interview in your final presentation, be as quiet as possible while the subject is speaking. Nodding your head or offering facial feedback can be an encouragement to the subject.