Best Practices in Interviewing

Discussion 1: Best Practices in Interviewing (DQ 1 is due by Thurs 07-16 at or before 17:00 EST)

“Ordinary conversations are about sociability and maintaining a relationship, while interviews are more about making a relationship to help find an answer to a research question” (Rubin & Rubin, 2012, p. 99).

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For this Discussion, you will view videos that depict different interviewing techniques. You will then analyze and evaluate the techniques used, and you will discuss how you will utilize best practices when you conduct your own interviews.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review Chapter 12 of the Rubin and Rubin course text.
Review the two media segments on interviewing. As you view the videos, practice your observation skills by creating field notes for yourself. Be careful to distinguish between observation and interpretation as Dr. Crawford warns in the videos.
Consider the following questions for your post to evaluate the techniques used in each interview. Which practices could you use in your own interview? Which practices should you avoid? Where did the person in the video go wrong? How could this issue have been avoided or corrected?

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Post a 2- to 3-paragraph (TWO-PAGES) evaluation of the interview techniques used in both interviews. Include commentary and analysis of best practices, practices to avoid, and how this viewing experience will inform your approach to the interviewing assignment introduced in this week’s Major Assignment.

Discussion 1 required headings and subheadings (subheadings should be indented below for the posting the main heading, as indicated below).

Interview 1 (briefly describe the interview)
Interview 1 best practices and issues (was this a good interview approach? Why or why not? Cite your content.)
Your thoughts (what did you learn in preparation for the interview you plan to conduct this week?)
Interview 2 (repeat as indicated above)
Interview 2 best practices and issues
Your thoughts
References

When appropriate, be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the reading(s) and/or video program(s) and use APA format.

Respond to at least one (ONE-PAGE) of your colleagues’ posts and provide additional recommendations to your colleague.

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Discussion 2: What Makes a Good Interview? (DQ 2 is due by Fri 07-17 at or before 17:00 EST)

The intent of a qualitative interview is to encourage, elicit, and illuminate the interviewee’s experience in rich, thick detail. Consider that most interviewees will only have a general idea of your research goals and the depth you need for analysis. Therefore, your presentation of the interview questions and engagement with the interviewee are the tools that guide the process.

As you consider your interview, think about:

Asking of questions to ask to encourage stories and examples
How to “reframe” questions to reduce ambiguity and bias
What you can do to make the interviewee at ease
What you can do to build rapport and trust
For this Discussion, you will examine the characteristics of a good qualitative interview.

To prepare for this Discussion:

Review the chapters of the Rubin and Rubin course text and consider the characteristics of a good qualitative interview.
Review the Yob and Brewer interview questions in Appendix A at the end of the article and consider how interview guides are used in research.
Review the Interview Guide Instructions and the Interview Guide Example found in this week’s Learning Resources and use these documents to guide you during your interview.

Post your explanation of the characteristics of a good qualitative interview (TWO-PAGES). Also include what makes a good interview guide. Use the interview questions from Yob and Brewer’s interview guide to support your post.

Discussion 2 required headings:

Characteristics
Good interview Guide
Reflection/Questions
References

Be sure to support your main post and response post with reference to the week’s Learning Resources and other scholarly evidence in APA style.

Respond to at least one (ONE-PAGE) of your colleagues’ posts and provide additional insight as to what makes a good qualitative interview.

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