During the interview, ask permission to submit their first name, last name, and email address as elements of your interview summary, in case your professor wants to check in with them on their thoughts of the interview.
As the person conducting the interview, you should dress professionally for the interview, and be prepared with some initial research of the person you are interviewing (review their LinkedIn profile) as well as, their organization (online research, corporate website, etc.). The point is to show up as a business professional, and to be properly prepared and engaged for the interview. You will be asking the questions, and you should be prepared to be an active listener and to ask pertinent follow-on questions.
The three main question sets you are to ask, allowing about 10 minutes of discussion each, are: Question Set 1: (Leadership Style)
What is your leadership style, and why do you choose this particular style of leadership? What is the leadership style of someone above you in the organization? What advice do you have for a business student, as they look to develop their own leadership style?
Question Set 2: (SITLEAD Model) The Situational Leadership or (SITLEAD) Model is a well-established leadership model that illustrates leaders need to change their leadership style based on the situation, as well as who they are leading. Do you agree with this philosophy? Do you use the SITLEAD model? How do you overcome adversity as a leader towards organizational and operational success?
Question Set 3: (Compliance) Compliance occurs on many levels. Do you implement ISO? If, so can you explain how? Do you implement another similar quality program? If you work in the food industry, there is compliance oversight by the FDA. Does your industry have a similar oversight related to compliance? What connections do you see related to the role of leadership and the implementation of compliance?
To successfully complete this interview, review the rubric prior to the interview and ensure you complete all required elements. However, in general, you will be composing 2-pages of meeting minute format summary of the interview, highlighting who you selected to interview, their contact information, the three responses, any other follow-on questions or key points, and then close with a summary and your reflection on what you learned in relation to the course topics.
Advice to Avoid Plagiarism in Interview Assignments
Do not list the questions in the interview document you submit Use headers such as Question Set 1: to separate out your interview narrative
Ensure all writing is the direct words of the person you interviewed, using quotes on their responses, or your own original narrative as part of the interview process, or your own reflections
Ensure your reflection is in your own words Check your TII Report!