Interviews : Structured Interviews And Unstructured Interviews

1524 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
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 distance”, Esterberg highlights some of the controversies and conversations about interviewing. Please recap:
a. 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…

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