An interview can be used on its own or alongside another assessment, for example to elaborate on arguments made in a previous project. Interviews can also be used to simulate a workplace situation, such as a discussion with a client (real or roleplayed) or a job application. Interviews can also be used as part of an oral exam, where a tutor interviews a student to assess their understanding of a subject.
The interviews could take place 1:1, in front of a group of peers (most useful where real clients are being interviewed), or recorded by the student and submitted as media (text transcript/summary, audio or video recording).
Preparation time Student workload Marking time
Literacies and skills exhibited
One and two-way communication
Developing arguments, reflecting, evaluating and assessing
Interviewing, negotiating and presenting
Arguing, describing and advocating
Researching, investigating and interpreting information
- Write, script and produce a video
Where interviews take place live, marking is normally undertaken by an observer, to allow the interviewee to focus on the interview itself. This could include peer marking if performed in front of a peer group (see oral presentation). If a recording is submitted, marking is made easier through a clear criteria and use of rubrics.
Feedback is most usefully provided orally, straight after the interview, by both markers and peers. The interviewee might also be willing to give feedback to the group. Even for submitted recordings, there is value in feeding back to the whole group, to generate a discussion around interview preparation, approaches, etc.
Guide to time involved in preparation, marking, and student workload: Low Medium High