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Lectures On Interviewing


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Lectures On Interviewing

  1. 1. Field Research: Conducting an Interview
  2. 2. How to Conduct an Interview <ul><li>Making contact with your interviewee </li></ul><ul><li>Preparing for the interview </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Coming up with Questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Meeting with your interviewee </li></ul><ul><li>Following up on your interview </li></ul>
  3. 3. Setting up the Interview <ul><li>Contact the potential interviewee in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure that you ask for the interview. This person is doing you a favor </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange a specific time and place, and let the interviewee know how much time it will take </li></ul><ul><li>Identify the topic that you will be discussing during the interview </li></ul>
  4. 4. Preparing for the interview <ul><li>Be sure to write out a list of questions in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Find out whatever information you can about the person you’re interviewing </li></ul><ul><li>Decide which questions are highest priority if time runs short </li></ul><ul><li>Decide what your goals are for the interview </li></ul>
  5. 5. Coming up with Questions <ul><li>Ask yourself: “What is it that I need to know? </li></ul><ul><li>Write down a list of things that you are hoping to find out </li></ul><ul><li>Write a list of questions that you think will lead to these answers </li></ul><ul><li>Check the questions carefully to see if the wording could be offensive to your interviewee </li></ul>
  6. 6. Meeting the Interviewee <ul><li>Always bring a stiff-backed notebook and several trustworthy writing instruments </li></ul><ul><li>If you wish to tape-record your interview, always ask before doing so </li></ul><ul><li>Keep notes on the interview, but make sure that you are still talking to the interviewee, not just scribbling </li></ul>
  7. 7. Meeting the Interviewee(cont.) <ul><li>Be sure that you come to the interview with a prepared list of questions (more than you think you’ll need!) </li></ul><ul><li>Try to stick to the topic at hand, but be ready to be flexible if your interviewee brings up unexpected but valuable information. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Online Interviewing <ul><li>If you need to interview via email, don’t forget to ask permission for the interview </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that you establish the scope of the interview and the amount of time the interviewee is committing to. </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that the same rules of courtesy still apply </li></ul>
  9. 9. Following up the Interview <ul><li>Always be sure to thank your interviewee, orally and in writing </li></ul><ul><li>Once you have written up your results, let your interviewee see the results, in order to confirm that you’ve represented him/her accurately </li></ul><ul><li>Write up your results soon after the interview while they’re fresh in your mind </li></ul>
  10. 10. Conducting an Interview <ul><li>Remember, conducting a successful interview involves attention to each of the following steps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Making contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preparing for the interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting the interviewee </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Following up on the interview </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Where can you go for more help with field research? <ul><li>The Writing Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Heavilon Hall Room 226 </li></ul><ul><li>494-3723 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Or email [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>with brief questions. </li></ul>