Human Social Functioning


Module 2 – The Interview Structure



Remember that the Interview starts before you actually meet.

The client, or Interviewee, is anticipating – maybe rehearsing.

There are several things the Interviewer needs to ensure (in common with all good counselling practice) that:

  • Time and space are secured against interruption and with a good atmosphere.
  • You have all the information and materials you need to hand.
  • You have cleared your mind of any preoccupations and are in a state of readiness.


With any Interview it is important to:

  • Put the Interviewee at ease.
  • Show by non-verbals that you are listening with empathy etc.

And with HSF Interviewing:

  • Allow the Interviewee to start where s/he wants.
  • Show by faithful mirroring that you are listening attentively.
  • Allow yourself to be corrected.


Any Interview needs to ‘get somewhere’ else it is unsatisfactory to both parties.  The HSF structure for this process (which the Interviewer should initiate if the Interviewee does not) is as follows:

  1. Establish what is being talked about – i.e. giving the subject some Shape and Focus.
  2. Draw out from this the essential ‘Ingredients’.
  3. Search for a Theme or Themes – what these Ingredients are about.
  4. Explore the most important theme (note Interviewee’s choice) by seeing the Connections with different aspects of Interviewee’s life.
  5. Discover an It or Core element.
  6. Clarify the Implications that arise from this.
  7. Work on a plan of Action

Not all stages may happen in one Interview.


All Interviews need to be rounded off.  Apart from the obvious here – and possibly setting up future meetings etc, the following aims should be kept in mind; that the Interviewee:

  1. Is stronger than at the beginning.
  2. Has something on which to focus/work/act.
  3. Is able to ‘take him/herself back’ and not leave all with you.
  4. If the past has been explored at depth – is rooted in the present reality.

Post Interview

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Helps in the Process

Further information on the following is available to assist with interviewing:

  • Writing down
  • Taping
  • Asking Questions – content questions / process questions
  • Interviewing with the scale
  • What if’s, do’s and don’ts
  • Road or paths the interview might take.

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Download the following PDFs for ‘Helps in the Process’ for extra tips on interviewing, before completing the QUIZ at the end of this module.

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