New Times Internship Day #16: Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Worked 10:30 am-5:30 pm

Today was a very interesting day. Although I did not do the interviewing per se, I sat through an interview process and observed the questions and answers that occurred. This interview involved a mother, a stepfather and the mother’s two sons. It involved the boys’ biological father and the abuse he inflicted upon them. For instance, he would only allow the children to eat twice a day (once at 8 am and again at 3 pm) and would force them to read the Bible for forty-five minutes to an hour. He also would hit them and call them things such as “stupid” and “retard”. I was upset to hear this, yet learned from this experience. One thing I learned was that the boys were able to somehow lead a normal life after years of such abuse. Another thing I learned (although I’ve learned this before, this was a second example of doing this) was that sometimes it’s best to deviate from questions you write down and to improv with ones that pertain to the conversation, like Tom (the staff member who conducted the interview) did. I also noticed that he paused and stated “Sorry, I just want to make sure I have everything down correctly” as he scanned over his notes. I do this during interviews, yet thought it was unprofessional and tried to stop myself. However, it’s comforting to know that others in the business do it as well. Overall, today had the usual work of uploading pictures, yet was interesting when I observed the interview. I hope those children get full custody from their mother and not their father.

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