Kvale, How To Properly Interview


In this week’s reading, author Kvale explains how to analyze and execute conversations and questions when conducting an interview. Kvale clarifies that an interview allows a person to reflect on their experiences by their perception through storytelling, and that we should be respectful of the way that we conduct it, because we are divulging into personal information. Kvale suggests that an interview must be formal with one particular structure or style, which is terribly important, because researchers and readers must be able to comprehend what the author (you) is saying. Skipping around on types of style is unprofessional and unreadable. An interview is different than a research paper, or an experiment. Kvale elucidates that when writing an interview, the interview must serve a purpose in the study, and be one of the absolute most meaningful things in the investigation. He then proceeds to break down the seven stages of interviewing, an arduous process that I firmly believe looks harder than it actually is.

I believe that what we should take away from Kvale is how to interpret the meaning of the responses that we can potentially receive in the interview process. He emphasizes this by showing the reader an outline of the ways to conduct a professional interview, and then turn it into text. I am not scared of the interview process – after a semester studying interviews and surveys dedicated to finding the damage caused to New York City by Hurricane Sandy, I feel as though I have the skills to seriously conduct an interview and how to ask the right questions. Kvale offers the readers guidelines on how to conduct these research interviews, all while exploring distinctive potential conceivable approaches to how these interviews can produce information, and influence the thoughts of the interviewee. I found myself especially interested in the last few paragraphs of the article, when he explained how someone’s opinion on a topic could be influenced that easily by what one person might say. After all, interviewers are conducted to collect essential research to prove or disprove opinions. All this being said, I was grateful that we had read an abridged version of Kvale’s work. I was beginning to feel nervous about all the possible ways that I could mess up an interview, and I’ve been interviewing people since grade school in all sorts of projects.


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