Interviewer And Unstructured Interview: The Three Types Of Interview

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There are three types of interviews: structured interviews, semi structured interviews, and unstructured interviews. Structured interviews are interviews that are formal such as telephone interviews, survey research and political polling. The interview is set up with a designed place ahead of time and a set of questions preplanned. Semi structured interviews are interviews that allows the interviewee to talk about a topic more “open minded” (pg. 87) rather than structured and to the point. The interviewer follows the lead of the interviewee when talking about a topic. An unstructured interview is an interview that is “free flowing” (pg. 89) such as a casual conversation in public place that are unplanned.
2. When discussing “closeness and
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Her discussion of “similarity” between interviewer and interviewee- When it comes to similarity between the interviewer and interviewee Esterberg is talking about how sometimes both the interviewee and interviewer can have pervious or similar experiences. Such as in the chapter it talks about a researcher who was studying puck girls, and the researcher had previously been involved in the punk crowd (pg.90). Both the interviewee and interviewer can connect with the same interest.
b. The importance of building closeness between interviewer and interviewee- Building closeness between the interviewer and interviewee can help get a better connection between the two. Without a connection first the researcher might not get all the information because there is a weak bond between them; the interviewee might not share everything. But the research does need to maintain a professional attitude and not become attached.
c. Building trust- building trust is important when researching because if there isn’t trust then the interviewee will not want to share their thoughts. The interviewee will not be comfortable with the interviewer. The chapter mentions, “if the person you are interviewing doesn’t trust you of feel comfortable in your presence, then the interview is unlikely to go well” (pg.
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Preparing- When preparing the researcher should list out the topics that will be covered during the interview. This allows the interview to run smoothly because if there isn’t stick guidelines to the topic then the interview can go off topic and the researcher won’t get all the necessary information.
4. Review Esterberg’s discussion of follow ups and probes. What are some of the strategies recommended for keeping the conversation going?
Some of the strategies to keep the conversation going include, keeping a certain type of body language and verbal cues by showing, “genuine interest and actively listening” (pg.103). The researcher can ask other questions that follow the response. The researcher should also appropriately move from one topic to another in flowing manner. One common question a researcher can use it “can you tell me a little more about that?” (pg.104). Some interviewees don’t know how much information to say it’s easy to ask simple questions that will lead to a discussion.
5. Discuss her suggestions for “after the

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