Respond to at least one of your colleagues’ posts and provide additional insight you gained from your interviewing. Offer suggestions to your colleagues as to other changes they may want to consider.
RE: Discussion 1 – Week 8
Main Question Post.
What Was Learned
I learned interviewing is definitely a skill. Not everyone is equipped to be an interviewer or interviewee. Nerves can easily come into play. Practice makes perfect. I learned that practicing the interview questions before the actual interview is a good way to get comfortable with the questions. I also learned that the participant’s answers may not be what I expected them to be. This is important to me because it shows that different people view situations differently.
I learned that the participant’s answers may not be what I expected them to be. This is surprising to me because it shows that different people view situations differently. Another surprising aspect I learned is some participants are willing to share more details about the questions than others. Some participants only offer just enough to answer the questions. Other participants will elaborate enough to where there is no need for follow up questions. The information they provide is more than enough. However, I welcome more information. It is better to have more information than not enough or inadequate information.
What Could be Changed
If I could redo the interview, I would reword some of the questions. Although the questions we used were standard, I would have liked to personalize some of the questions. Additionally, I would have a brief friendly conversation with the participant before beginning to loosen myself and the participant up. This may help to ease and calm nerves before beginning the interview. Also, after the interview was over and we both said “goodbye” I would like to remain on the call for a few more minutes to offer my appreciation for the participation. Once we said goodbye we ended the call. Although the recording stopped and the interview was over, the conversation could have continued.
Reflection on Interviews as a Tool
Interviewing is a great tool to use for collection data. Byrne, Brugha, Clarke, Lavelle, and McGarvey (2015) described how interviews are the most suitable method for research investigation. Whether face to face or over the phone, interviewing is a great method to get a real life account of an occurrence. The data obtained from interviewing is someone’s personal experience of a situation who can testify to events rather than assuming the possible effects. Byrne et al. (2015) mentioned interviews are a way for people to tell their stories, give their side of the experience, or put a voice to the incident. Interviewing has its pros and cons. While interviewing has the possibility of causing re-traumatization, interviewing also has a benefit of releasing built up and pinned in emotions.
Byrne, E., Brugha, R., Clarke, E., Lavelle, A., & McGarvey, A. (2015). Peer interviewing in medical education research: experiences and perceptions of student interviewers and interviewees. BMC Research Notes, (1). https://doi-org.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/10.1186/s13…