Open Ended Sentences

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TK Thomas Kisser, Munich TM Thomas Mormann, Unterhaching TN Thomas Noetzel, Marburg TP Tony Pacyna, Jena TW Thomas Welt, Bochum UB Ulrich Baltzer, Munich UT Udo Tietz, Berlin UM Ulrich Metschl, Munich/Leonberg VG Volker Gerhardt, Berlin VM Verena Mayer, Munich VP Veit Pittioni, Innsbruck VR Virginie Riant, Vechta WAM Walter Mesch, Heidelberg WB Wilhelm Baumgartner, Würzburg WH Wolfram Hinzen, Bern WJ Werner Jung, Duisburg WK Wulf Kellerwessel, Aachen WL Winfried Löffler, Innsbruck WM Wolfgang Meckel, Butzbach WN Wolfgang Neuser, Kaiserslautern WP Wolfgang Pleger, Cochem/Dohr WS Werner Schüßler, Trier WST Wolfgang Struck, Erfurt WSU Wolfgang Schulz, Tübingen WvH Wolfram von Heynitz, Weiburg Edited by Peter Prechtl (†) and Franz-Peter Burkard.

What are open questions?

Open questions do not provide a fixed answer format and are formulated as neutrally as possible. They offer the respondents space and no answer options are implied or suggested. In surveys, open-ended questions are characterized by a free text field in which participants can enter their answer. An example – open-ended question: Example: What can we do to improve the online buying process? Open-ended questions are designed to collect qualitative data. This contrasts with closed questions, which tend to generate data that can be analyzed statistically.

Open questions – advantages and disadvantages

Open questions offer respondents the opportunity to answer at length. Due to the lack of guidelines, the answer may not turn out as desired: Example: Please describe the work climate in your department. Response: Quite okay. There is no one right question type – only the one that fits the recipient group, the topic and the intention.

Advantages Disadvantages
Designing a questionnaire is easier because there are no answer choices to define. Respondents usually have to invest significantly more time if they are willing to answer the questions in detail.
Respondents cannot be influenced by predetermined answers and answer patterns. Due to the flexibility of answering, there can be both very short and extremely long answers, which are less helpful.
The quality of the answers can be significantly higher if the questions are asked sensibly, recorded correctly and answered in a well-founded manner. The evaluation of the answers is much more complicated, since the data obtained must be filtered manually from the full texts.
The free text field also gives respondents the opportunity to give hints about the question, so that a questionnaire can be optimized. The cognitive abilities of the respondents can strongly influence the quality of the answers.

Open questions – examples

Open questions are also called W-questions because they often start with the classic question words:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?
  • How?
  • What for?

Often the wording or sentence structure determines whether a question is more open or closed. Negative-example: Can you think of any other measures? The approach of the question is open and a detailed answer would be conceivable. However, the question is awkward because a simple answer such as “yes” or “no” is implied. By using a question word, the question becomes clearly open-ended: Example: What other measures can you think of? In a questionnaire, open questions can be placed in combination with closed ones:

  • A free text field complementary to the answer specifications of a closed question:

Example: Where do you see yourself 5 years after graduation? Answers: Employed, Senior, Management, Other (single free text field).

  • In addition to closed questions within a topic block:

Example: What other measures can you think of to improve working conditions?

Comparison of open and closed questions

The counterpart to open questions are closed questions. Different objectives can be achieved with each of the two types.

Quantitative data: closed questions

Closed questions are formulated very precisely and thus delimit the answer format. In conversations and interviews, the answers are brief – usually only “yes” or “no.” In a questionnaire, answer options are placed directly below the question. These options can be given, for example, in the form of a multiple-choice pattern or a scale. An example – closed question: Example: On a scale of 1-10: How satisfied are you with your working hours?

When to use open and when to use closed questions?

Open-ended questions present more challenges to respondents: Survey participants need to understand and contextualize the questions. In addition, response quality may depend more on the respondent’s current state and time. Closed-ended questions are less time-consuming, but carry the risk of random or ill-considered answers. Reasons for open-ended questions:

  • The topic is still undefined from the questioner’s point of view.
  • The aim is to gain information.
  • The spectrum of possible answers is very wide.

Reasons for closed questions:

  • The topic is already largely clear.
  • It is about collecting precise attitudes.
  • The spectrum of possible answers is limited.

Open and closed questions – differences

The differences between open and closed questions are relevant for both questioners and respondents:

Concept Evaluation Response quality Influence
Open questions Easier due to lack of specifications Full text complicates data analysis Can be very high< Not applicable due to lack of specifications
Closed questions Preparation is labor intensive Data is easily quantifiable Risk of getting arbitrary answers Specifications can easily influence
  • Customer acquisition
  • Professional articles

CommunicationPosing the right questions in sales talks

How do you make the best use of questioning techniques in sales? What role do open-ended questions play? And what effect do confirmation questions have on customers? The author explains how questions can help to close deals. With examples. Many salespeople talk too much and let customers have little say. But a good salesperson asks the customer questions at all stages of the sales conversation. If you know the different types of questions and use them correctly during the sales talk, you can lead potential customers quickly and confidently to a purchase decision.

Obtaining information with open questions

When you meet a customer for the first time, you usually still know little about them. Therefore, you must first find out who your counterpart is and what is important to them when making a purchase decision. You can get this information by asking open-ended questions. The customer cannot simply answer yes or no to open-ended questions. Open questions also include the so-called W-questions: who, what, why, when, …? For example, “What do you expect from your new car?” With such questions, you draw the customer’s attention to the goals he or she is pursuing with the purchase. Most of the time, customers then give answers like, “I want the car to be a family vehicle that you can also take on vacation.” Good salespeople are never satisfied with such general statements, because they don’t provide them with the detailed information they need for the sales pitch. So you should ask more open-ended information questions. For example, “How many people are going on vacation in the car and what are you taking with you besides luggage?” You need this additional detailed info not only to select the right product, but also to present it to the customer in a way that makes them want to buy it.

Examples of open-ended questions

Target: Use open-ended questions to gather information from the customer. Examples:

  • “What do you expect from a good …?”
  • “What do you mean?”

Characteristics:

  • At least one sentence as a customer response
  • Gaining information
  • Provide clarity
  • Clarify concerns

Ask confirmation questions

Before you suggest two or three products for the customer to choose from, you should make sure that you have really understood what is important to him. You can do this by summarizing the conversation so far again in your own words and saying, for example, “If I have understood you correctly, you want a car that …” After that, you should ask, “Is this true?” So after the summary, you ask a closed-ended confirmation question that the customer can answer yes or no to. If they do it this way, you avoid misunderstandings. When the customer signals his or her intention to buy, you can start presenting the products. However, this should be designed as a dialog. So communicate with the customer. For example, ask: “Does this model with seven seats, two of which can be removed, meet your expectations?” Or, “Does this paint job appeal to you?”

Bring about partial decisions and ask follow-up questions.

During the product presentation, keep asking open-ended information questions that begin with the words “how good?” or “how much?” for example. Or ask a confirmation question that requires the customer to make a partial decision. For example: “Does this vehicle interior, the …, meet your expectations?” If the customer says no to a confirmation question, you should respond immediately by asking, “What exactly doesn’t meet your expectations?” Then the customer provides the necessary information so that you can adjust the product selection or sales pitch. Such an approach has several advantages:

  • You are in permanent dialog with the customer, so he or she feels taken seriously.
  • You regularly check whether you are still on track to close the sale.
  • You encourage the customer to make many partial decisions in the course of the conversation.

Accordingly, it is easy for the customer to decide to buy the product at the end, since the decision is a logical consequence of the partial decisions made during the conversation.

Examples of closed questions

Target: With closed questions, on the one hand you ensure that you have understood the customer correctly. On the other hand, the question also requires the customer to make a partial decision. Examples:

  • “Do you see it the same way?”
  • “Is this what you imagined?”
  • “Do you like the product?”

Characteristics:

  • Yes or no as a customer response
  • Customer’s agreement or disagreement
  • Leads to partial decision
  • Avoids objections

Questions in the closing phase

Once the customer has made the relevant partial decisions, you can secure the deal. You should also introduce this phase of the conversation with a question. But now it’s no longer a question of whether the customer will buy, but of the modalities of the purchase. Therefore, in the closing phase, do not ask any more questions that create renewed uncertainty in the customer. This is the case, for example, with all questions formulated in the subjunctive. For example: “Would this meet your expectations?” Or, “Would you be satisfied with this car?” Such questions cause the customer to reconsider his partial decisions. Instead, in the closing phase, tacitly assume the customer’s yes to the purchase and ask, for example, “By when should the discussed changes to the car’s equipment be carried out?” Salespeople often also ask alternative questions at this stage of the conversation, which presuppose the customer’s decision to buy. For example, “Should I specify gray or green as the color in the purchase contract for the vehicle?” Or, “Would you like to pay cash or take advantage of our favorable financing offer?” You can act so offensively when the customer has made all the relevant partial decisions. After all, he also wants to reach a conclusion at this point. Accordingly, it is important that you master the questions for the sales pitch. This not only increases the probability of a deal, but also saves time. Time that you can use, for example, for closing more deals.

Examples of alternative questions

Target: The customer’s purchase decision is implicitly assumed. Alternative questions draw attention to aspects that are relevant after the purchase decision has been made. Formulations:

  • “Would you prefer … or …?”
  • “Does it suit you better on … or on …?”

Characteristics:

  • Customer response moves within a predefined corridor
  • Speeds up the decision or leads to it
  • Gives the customer the feeling that he is deciding
  • Suitable for arranging a customer appointment
  • Bringing about the conclusion of the deal

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Use questioning techniques correctly – open and closed questions.

You can use any question type as an open or also as a closed question – and the results are highly different! Depending on whether you ask an open or closed question, you influence the quality and length of the answers. An example in which first an open question and then a closed question is asked:

  • “Mr. Schnack, what do you think about the proposal?”
  • “Well, I’m of the opinion … and in the many years that I’ve … Therefore, I am convinced … Just yesterday I met … And this is important to me …”
  • “Mr. Schnack, please allow me to interject here for a moment. Please answer me one more question: do you agree with the proposal?”
  • “Yes.”
  • “Thank you very much, Mr. Schnack. Now let’s move on to the next voting item …”

Open-ended questions get your conversation partner talking

The open question begins with a question word:

  • Who
  • how
  • what
  • where
  • why
  • why
  • why
  • from where
  • by what
  • with what

This gives your interviewer the opportunity to answer comprehensively and in complete sentences.

Examples of open-ended questions:

  • Question: “What can I help you with?”
  • Answer: “I am interested in … and … and …”
  • Question: “How did you solve the problem?”
  • Response: “First I … then … and now …”
  • Question: “How far are you from the goal?”
  • Response: “We still have to … and then …”
  • Question: “What do you like about this article?”
  • Response: “I like that he … And …”

Use the open-ended question to initiate an in-depth conversation. Use it to open up reluctant or uncertain interlocutors and to get additional information. But beware: So that you don’t lose the lead in the conversation, you should avoid this form of question with talkative interlocutors!

The closed question brings you decisions and concise answers

The closed question begins with a verb or auxiliary verb. With this form of question, you get your interlocutor to answer in a few words, usually just yes or no.

Examples of closed questions:

  • Question: “Can I help you?”
  • Response: “No, thank you.”
  • Question: “Did you solve the problem?”
  • Response: “Yes.”
  • Question: “Did you achieve your goal?”
  • Response: “No, not yet.”
  • Question: “Do you like this article?”
  • Response: “Yes.”

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