Apa Interview Questions

Interviews can be a extremely useful sources of information on almost any topic. Whether it be in the form of a video or an online article, this helpful guide will show you how to cite interviews for your APA-style research paper. All citations follow APA 7th edition.

APA reference lists only include works that can be found by the reader. As a personal interview is not published or “findable,” it should not be included in an APA reference list. Instead, a personal interview should be referenced as a parenthetical citation.

Any personal interview conducted via the following methods (and that are unpublished) can be considered personal communication:

If you would like to include a personal interview as part of your APA reference list, then include the interviewee, the date of the interview, and the type of interview.

Example: “When I was working as a research assistant at my university, I had to complete a project in just two weeks. This was a lot of work, but I knew I could do it. The only issue was that I had to take care of some personal business during that time. I ended up having to stay late every night to get everything done on time. I managed to finish the project with one day to spare.”

Example: “In my last role as a psychologist, I had a client who was struggling with anxiety. They were having trouble sleeping at night because they would have nightmares about their past experiences. We talked about different ways to manage their anxiety, including medication and therapy. Ultimately, we decided that medication would be best for them in this situation. It helped them sleep through the night without any nightmares.”

The interview process at APA can vary depending on the position you are applying for. For some positions, you may only have one interview, while for others you may have multiple interviews. Overall, the interview process is fairly quick and easy.

An interviewer may ask this question to learn more about your interpersonal skills and how you can help a team function well. When answering, it can be helpful to describe a specific situation where the team was not working together effectively and how you helped resolve the issue or improve communication among members.

Example: “I am highly organized and detail-oriented, which I believe would be beneficial in this role. In my previous role, I was responsible for organizing all of our department’s records, including client information, billing statements and more. This helped me develop an excellent filing system that I can use here if hired.”

Radio interview recording in a digital archive

When referencing an interview that is housed in a digital or a physical archive, you must credit the interviewee as the author.

In-text citation, parenthetical example:

In-text citation, narrative example:

Reference list entry examples:

Krashen, S. (1983, May 4). The basics of writing [Interview]. USC Archive; University of Southern California. https://libraries.usc.edu/locations/special-collections-department/university-archives

Here’s a quick video overview of how to cite an interview in APA:

After interviewing a person, how do you present the question and answer using APA format?

Here are 2 ways of writing out interview questions, depending on what the Instructor assigned.

  • Check with the Instructor to see how he/she would prefer interview content be added.
  • To comply with APA: Use Times New Roman 12 point font and double space.
  • Option 1: Include the questions and answers in an Appendix in the paper.

  • The Appendix goes after the References page.
  • Example: When interviewing Mrs. Smith, she indicated how she handles her small business. (See Appendix).
  • The Purdue Owl has a sample Appendix at the end of the sample paper.
  • Option 2: Include the relevant questions and answers in the body of the paper where applicable.

  • Use quotation marks to show an exact quote.
  • Example: When asked what his strategy was for starting a small business, Mr. Smith replied, “I recommend researching the market for the service in your area and having a sound business plan.” Smith, J. D. (personal communication, January 27, 2020).
  • The APA Help guide shows how to cite interviews:

  • Click on APA Citation Examples – References & In-Text.
  • Find the pull down menu for Other.
  • Select Interviews.
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