4-H Interview Tips & Help

4-H Interviews can be a little overwhelming at times! Below are some resources to help you adjust and feel more at ease about 4-H Judging. These resources were presented at our first 4-H Interview Workshop held on June 18, 2018. 

1. Do you know what is required for completion of your 4-H Project?

Book: Look for the project guidelines in the front of the book. Usually has the word "activity" and indicates how many of those acitivites must be done for project completion. 

Requirements: Link to Box http://go.osu.edu/19requirements with all the requirements

2. Displays for your project

•Displays are a collection of your knowledge from the project in the form of a physical object.
•Varies from posters, food journals, cake decorating, practice welds, examples of your work, printed photographs.
•Many displays are what you think would be best, but some are in the requirements to help the interview judges best pick the best projects.
•Find the area of your project where it talks about what is required. Is there a display requirement?
•If not, what kind of things did you make in your project?
•Did you purchase anything, or take pictures of yourself completing the project?
•Can you recreate a diagram to talk with the judge about what you learned?

3. Interview Tips & Suggestions

•Interview: a meeting of people face to face, especially for consultation. A conversation about something. Telling others all about something you have learned about.
•Takes about 10-15 minutes.
•We only choose NICE judges, and the best people to ask you about your experiences.
•It is okay to be nervous!
 

Two 4-H Interview Video Examples

 

 

4. What to Expect...

What to expect BEFORE judging...
•You will select a judging slot (time). Project judging is on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 3-7pm at Van Wert Middle School.
•Make sure your project is completed and your have fulfilled all of your requirements. Don’t wait until the last minute as it is very stressful!
•Make sure you feel comfortable in what you wear, and confident……
 
What to expect ONCE YOU ARRIVE at judging...
•You will check in when you arrive and be given your score sheet.
•They will give you directions to the classroom where your judging is going to be. You will wait until it is your turn and then go into the classroom.
•Then…the interview starts!
 
What to expect DURING your interview...
•You will check in when you arrive and be given your score sheet.
•They will give you directions to the classroom where your judging is going to be. You will wait until it is your turn and then go into the classroom.
•Then…the interview starts!

5. Handshakes

How to give a proper handshake
1. Extend your right foot and right hand
2.Your arm should reach out long so the elbow is off the body.
3.When grasping your client’s hand, pressure should be placed in the slot of the hand, not in the grip.
4.Your eyes should be on theirs and never flick from side-to-side.
5.Keep your body upright and don’t lean in or throw your head around.

6. Answering Questions at Interviews

Be able to answer…
•What you did
•How you did it
•What you learned
•What you might do to improve the next time
 
If you have further questions regarding interviews, your child's ability to interview, or accomodations for interviews, please contact Heather at the Extension Office at gottke.4@osu.edu or by calling at (419) 238-1214
 

7. Project Specific Questions

Check out this informative PDF of questions to study for your project!