The Interview Strategy was performed by the PTF during Orientation Days using five of the six focus questions chosen during the Cascading Agreement Strategy. After completing the initial Interview process, the PTF discussed the pros of the Interview Design Strategy — which included, anonymity, short and to the point, massive amounts of data collected, and the fast pace — and the drawbacks of the Interview Design Strategy, including the tendency to respond to the person you were interviewing instead of only recording their answer, trouble reading handwriting due to fast pace, and distraction from proximity to other interviews.
An alternate Interview Design strategy presented was a Group Interview Design Strategy. The pros and cons of this alternate design were discussed. The pros of this alternate Group Interview Design included the ability to build off of each other’s statements and the slower pace which allowed time for reflection. The cons of this design included the loss of anonymity and the naturally occurring group suppression of individual thinking.
Using self-selected roles of recorder, presenter, facilitator and time keeper, the data captured using the Interview Design Strategy were organized into "Truths" (meaning that a statement was made by almost all people), "Trends" (statement made by many people) and "Unique Ideas" (statement made by only one or two people but with remarkable insight), to be assimilated with other data collection.
The PTF members will utilize the Interview Design Strategy they learned when they reach out to other members of the College Community to gather more input and data.