Primary Research Methods: Interviewing Techniques and Tips Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Test your knowledge using this Primary Research Methods: Interviewing Techniques Worksheet to see how well you understand the different types of interviews. Through completing 10 exercises, you grow more familiar with interviewing and all it entails in order to improve your research writing through a better understanding of this type of research.

Primary Research Methods: Interviewing Techniques and Tips

Instructions

For the first six exercises, focus on choosing an interview technique and the factors that influence your choices. For the last four exercises, answer the questions about interviewing while focusing on the steps in the interviewing process.

  • The person you are interviewing lives several hundred miles from you and cannot travel. Which interviewing technique would you suggest and why?

  • Are there any other factors that would influence the decision you made in exercise #1? If there are, list them below, and explain your answers.

  • The person you are interviewing does not have time for a long interview in one sitting. Which interviewing technique would you suggest and why?

  • Are there any other factors that would influence the decision you made in exercise #3? If there are, list them below, and explain your answers.

  • If the nature of your research required long, extensive answers that are time consuming to answer for your interview subject, what type of interview technique would you use and why?

  • Are there any other factors that would influence the decision you made in exercise #5? If there are, list them below, and explain your answers.

  • How do you think the social cues present in face-to-face interviews could provide more information than the same interview where you cannot see the person you are interviewing?

  • What might you discuss at the start of an interview to put your interview subject at ease? Give a few examples of what you would say to start the interview.

  • If you are interviewing someone on personal experiences working in the Emergency Room of a hospital, and the conversation drifts to a family pet, how would you redirect the focus of the conversation? Be specific by providing an example of what you would do.

  • How would you go about learning about someone prior to writing interview questions and conducting the interview?