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Interview Tips for Coming of Age Narrative
Transcript of Interview Tips for Coming of Age Narrative
Why? Here is something small... Here is some context. Provide some common ground.
Or something from the present, that we should look beyond. The
Interview Questions Planning Interview
Questions An Example: 30 Photo credits: 'horizon' by pierreyves @ flickr So... What do I need to know?
How do I want to introduce this person to the reader
What story does he/she have about "Coming of Age?"
What lessons did he/she learn from the experience?
What can I learn from their experience? The interviewee can answer with a quick answer, usually yes or no
These questions do not provide detailed information
Example: Did you enjoy playing on the team? Closed Questions Are answered with stories and details.
Get to the "juicy" information
Example: What can you tell me about playing with the team.
Open Ended Questions Follow Up Questions allow you to probe for more details or clarification about the previous answer.
Sometimes it is better to make-up a followup question on the spot than to move to the next question on your list.
Let the interview become a conversation instead of focusing on each and every prepared question.
At the end of the interview, make sure you have enough information to tell a good story following the basic narrative structure.
Before thanking the person for their time, you can always ask, "Is there anything I haven't asked about that you think will help me write my paper?"