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Transcript of Open-Ended Questions
An open-ended question is designed to encourage a full, meaningful answer using the subject's own knowledge and/or feelings.
Open-ended questions typically begin with words such as "Why" and "How", or phrases such as "Tell me about...". Often they are not technically a question, but a statement which implicitly asks for a response.
Examples of Closed-Ended Questions:
Do you get on well with your boss?
Who will you vote for this election?
How can you make those questions better? Turn them into open-ended questions!
Instead of "Do you get on well with your boss?" you could say:
"Tell me about your relationship with your boss."
Change the "Who will you vote
for this election?" to this:
"What do you think about the two candidates in this election?"
When the person you're interviewing answers this question, you'll find out their thoughts and who they would vote for.
Open-ended questions develop trust, are perceived as less threatening, and allow an unrestrained or free response.
How would you change this question
from a closed ended question to an
open ended question?
What was the perpetrator wearing?
Did you come up with something like
"Can you please tell me about the perpetrator?