A face-to-face interview

Many of us have experienced with interview method which we had used in the assignment of INF1300. This assignment involves conducting an interview on the public's view of the library. Last week I have conducted the interview and have found that this class has really assisted me in determining the method I would employ as a researcher. The goal in this particular research is to discover what a person knows about libraries, library services and facilities etc. but while taking the interview , I had discovered that there is a lack of knowledge about the library gives a researcher valid information which can lead to questions of why there is such a lack of knowledge on the resources offered by the library. I have used an open-ended questions, it became apparent that there needed to be more structure than I had originally thought. The questions that I thought would have long answers were very short and I had to compensate by asking questions in different ways or being more specific without telling them what they know about the library and its services.
In other words, a face-to-face interview is the method most widely used in the research of any topic and based on a direct meeting between interviewer and interviewee. By personal communication it is possible not only to obtain much more information, but also to use visual materials (cards, pictures, logos, etc.) to encourage response.



  1. Hi Meenaxi, it's interesting that you got to practice interviewing and found that completely open questions did not work for you. I also found that, often, semi-structured questions work a little better, although it depends what your research is about and what the expectations of the interviewee is. Sometimes, when questions are too open, it seems as though interviewees get confused about whether what they are saying is relevant to the interviewer. I think that these types of questions might be more useful when researching about identity or aspirations, or some other highly personal and broad topic that the interviewer might not want to frame in advance.

  2. Hi Eleonore, I think you are right, semi structure could have better result.