How to conduct a successful interview
Few things could spice up a research paper like a good interview could. This is why I thought it might be a good idea to go through the essentials of interviewing.
Before the interview
Research the topic in before you actually initiate the interview, you have to know what you are talking about. The more rehearsed you are, the more sophisticated questions you can ask.
Prepare your questions very carefully, one bad question could spoil the whole interview. Try to keep it explicit without confusing your target.
Be sure to know the implications of your inquires. What do you want to get from the interview? Is your main motive to collect facts, or to hear different views on a subject or perhaps even to derive some arguments.
Prepare all necessary supplies such as a pen, pencil, notebook, recorder etc.
Be there on time! This is of huge importance, starting out by being there late is a horrible way to start an interview. Remember, you only get one chance to give a first impression.
Perform the interview in a relaxed environment. Put your cellphone on silence and try to remove any objects that may distract you.
Do not hesitate to ask for clarification if the person answered in a vague way. It’s difficult to derive points from something you can’t understand properly.
Following the interview
Send the person a copy of the transcription, if needed. Also remember to put a date on transcription.
Start processing the information immediately after the interview has finished. You ought to do this then because the information is still fresh in your mind.