Session V-8: Personal interview - week five
Overview: Trainees prepare for this interview by reviewing the self-assessment forms they filled out for the last interview and thinking about their progress since that time, especially in areas they targeted as wanting to work on. Staff also reviews their notes from the last interview so that there is a sense of continuity. In the last interview, which took place towards what was probably the end of an adjustment phase into the program, the questions posed at the beginning encouraged the trainee to focus on what they left behind and on the decision they made to join Peace Corps. The questions posed in this interview deal more specifically with what is going on regarding the trainee's work and progress in the training program.
1. Trainees are asked to prepare for this interview by reviewing the self-assessment forms they filled out last time. They are encouraged to think about their performance in the different areas since that interview, and to take special note of any changes in the ratings they give themselves. They should also concentrate on the areas they targeted for improvement and analyze how well they have implemented the strategies they developed with the staff for making those improvements. They should jot down notes about anything they wish to discuss and about issues in which they specifically want to request feedback.
2. As in the last interview, this one will be conducted by the Master Trainer and at least one other trainer. The Master Trainer greets the trainee, reminds him/her that the staff members might jot down a few notes to remind themselves of points they want to cover, and asks the trainer to begin the interview.
3. The trainer asks the following questions. Again, these are suggestions, but the actual follow-up questions and/or order will vary depending upon the trainee's responses and/or concerns expressed;
4. The Master Trainer asks the trainee what kind of feedback he/she would give him/herself at this point in the program.
5. The Master Trainer discusses the points raised by the trainee, and also encourages the trainee to bring up any other points or issues he/she wants to discuss regarding his/her performance. The Master Trainer provides feedback from the staff's point of view regarding the issues raised by the trainee, as well as any other feedback the staff feels appropriate including comments on areas in which the trainee requested further feedbac k at the previous interview.
6. The Master Trainer asks if there is anything else the trainee would like to talk about.
7. The Master Trainer concludes the interview by asking the trainee about his/her short term plans for then next two weeks, and asking if there is anything in particular the trainee wants the staff to be prepared to discuss at the next interview. The Master Trainer and trainer thank the trainee and end the interview.
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