You might have heard about open and close ended questions. These are the types of questions that you can come across in job interviews, projects, or surveys. In this post, I will tell you the definitions of open-ended and close-ended questions with example sentences.
What are Open-ended Questions?
Open-ended questions are such questions that do not restrict someone in giving answers. People can answer freely without having any word limit or options (like yes or no). The answers of such questions are usually longer. You can find out such answers, mainly, in job interviews. However, a few people may ask open-ended questions in surveys as well; but, in surveys, you may find out two-three questions, that are open-ended questions, out of 20 or more.
Following is the list of a few open-ended questions that you can come across in job interviews.
- How can you describe yourself?
- Can you list some of your strengths and weaknesses?
- Why do you want to work here?
- If you get hired, how can you help this company?
- Tell me something about this company.
- Why should I hire you?
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
- Tell me something about your greatest achievement.
What are Close-ended Questions?
Close-ended questions are such questions that require a particular answer or may have specific options to select. They are very specific in a sense that the answers for such questions may be of one word or it could be very short. Close-ended questions can be very complicated in nature. For instance, most of the close-ended questions may contain a yes or no answer. So, sometimes, a person can get confused whether to choose a yes or no without any debate. These types of questions are most likely to be asked on surveys because they are easy to analyze as a statistical data.
Following are a few close-ended questions for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.
- Are you a graduate?
- May you help me please?
- Are you going to visit her or not?
- Do you want to become a doctor?
- Is this dress looking good on me?
Other examples of close-ended questions
- What is your date of birth?
- Does it contain salt or sugar?
- What are you making?
The above examples do not expect a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer but the answers of these questions will be of one or two words.
It is concluded that an open-ended question is the opposite of a close-ended question. Close-ended questions expect a particular short answer whereas; open-ended questions do not expect a particular answer and are not specific in nature.