Accession Number : ADA328769

Title :   Guidelines for Conducting Interviews.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. May 95-May 97,

Corporate Author : ARMSTRONG LAB BROOKS AFB TX HUMAN RESOURCES DIRECTORATE

Personal Author(s) : Watson, Thomas W.

PDF Url : ADA328769

Report Date : JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 85

Abstract : This report provides practical guidance for anyone, inside or outside the Air Force, interested in conducting interviews, especially for general data gathering and evaluation purposes. The report begins with a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of interviews relative to survey or naturalistic observation and the skills and characteristics interviewers should possess. Then, interview ethics are discussed from free speech and privacy perspectives with emphasis upon the need for ensuring voluntary participation and maintaining confidentiality. Following this, discussion focuses on preparing for and conducting interviews. Issues such as sampling, selecting the type of interview, interview protocol development, and what to do to prepare for and conduct successful interviews are discussed. This includes practical suggestions on how to write questions, how to develop probes, and how to clarify understanding of what is being said. Finally, techniques for analyzing and reporting results are presented.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY PUBLICATIONS, *INTERVIEWING, *CORE SAMPLING, AIR FORCE, AIR FORCE PERSONNEL, SURVEYS, ETHICS, SPEECH, INSTRUCTION MANUALS.

Subject Categories : Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE