Primary & Secondary Questions

In essence, the easiest way to remember primary vs. secondary questions is to recall that primary questions are asked to start or begin a new topic or thread of conversation. (Hence, primary!)

For example: Tell me about your relationship with your boss.

This question introduces the idea of how an individual works with a supervisor. Based upon the response received, the individual may be asked a different question that goes deeper… also known as a secondary question. That is to say, secondary questions tend to follow-up on the primary question and its related information.

For example: You mentioned that you liked having a lot of freedom on your schedule. Please elaborate on that for us.

By taking a topic that was brought up by the interviewee, the secondary question follows up on the idea and allows for more information.


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