Checklist for Interviewing

A: Planning – thinking through ‘who’, ‘where’, ‘when’, ‘how’ and ‘what’. Have you considered:

☑ Who you plan to speak about (population) – and gather data from (sample)

☑ Access – how you will reach your sample

☑ How you will present yourself

☑ How you plan to control your biases

☑ How you might develop the skills/resources needed to carry out your interview

☑ Ethics/ethics approval

☑ Data – exactly what it is you want to elicit from your respondents.

☑ Details – appointments, timing (travel time, interview time, wait around time), location, recording methods, etc

☑ Potential cultural/ language barriers

☑ Contingencies – i.e.) having a back-up plan ready to go if interviewees cannot be accessed

B: Developing an interview schedule/ recording system. Have you:

☑ Drafted questions and/or themes

☑ Considered whether your question are ambiguous, leading, confronting, offensive, based on unwarranted assumptions, double-barrelled, or pretentious

☑ Rewritten your questions

☑ Appropriately ordered your questions

☑ Prepared additional information – i.e.) instructions, prompts, or probes Decided on recording methods

☑ Trained any note takers/translators

C: Piloting. Have you:

☑ Done a run-through

☑ Reflected on the piloting process

☑ Sought feedback

☑ Reviewed notes/ transcribed

D: Modifying. Have you:

☑ Made appropriate modifications

☑ Considered revisiting your planning, development and piloting process (necessary if modifications are substantial).

E: Implementing. Have you:

☑ Taken care of preliminaries – make appointments early, arrive early for your interview so that you have time to set up, and check any equipment.

☑ Made your interviewee as comfortable as possible

☑ Eased into main questions/themes

☑ Kept a balance between keeping on track and exploring interesting tangents

☑ Wound down and closed the interview

F: Managing and analysing. Have you:

☑ Organized/collated your data

☑ Analysed your data. Most interview data will be analyzed thematically, but if you have 30 or more interviews you may want to engage is some level of statistical analysis.