Importance of using guided interviews
Guided interviews are important in any research because they enable the researcher to collect
the most accurate information that they need to ensure that the research is successful. Many
researchers use guided interviews because of the possibility of preparing the questions ahead
of time. It, therefore, allows the interviewer to prepare adequately for the interview, making
them appear more competent. The guided interviews also allow the interviewer to be ready
for any unexpected replies that they could receive as they carry out the research in question.
They are also important because they allow the informants to express their views on their
own terms. Data collected through the guided interviews is fairly reliable and easy to analyze.
The data collection experts can, therefore, collect the necessary data in the best way possible
to help in the success of the research process. The reliability also makes it possible for the
necessary conclusions to be drawn out of the data that has been collected. The other
advantage of the guided interviews is the fact that it is a fairly flexible and sensitive method
of data collection. The flexibility makes the process of data collection to be much easy to
perform. The sensitivity helps in the identification of the errors, which allows the researchers
to deal with them appropriately and come up with the most accurate information that is
required. The guided interviews also generate a large amount of detail that will help in
answering the research questions in the best way possible. However, it is important to note
that the advantages that are associated with the method may, at times, impair the process of
collecting correct data that is required in a given research.
The advantage of choosing four interview partners from different sectors
Having various interview partners in given research is important because it helps in the
accurate collection of data. Each partner will know the questions that are required to collect
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sufficient information in the field that he or she is representing. Each of the partners may also
help in the elimination of any error that could come up during the process of data collection.
The four interview partners also help in good interview planning. Working in synergy will
help in making the interview process successful despite the odds that the interviewers may be
facing in the process. Having a team of partners in the interview process is also important
because it helps in the formulation of clear objectives, roles, and responsibilities that will, in
turn, lead to a successful interview process. Having such a team will also help in a consistent
approach to the interview, which will help in the collection of the correct data in the process.
Having partners that have full knowledge about their areas of expertise will help in
conducting in-depth interviews that will be useful in the process of data collection. It is
important to note that the process of data collection is not easy and may require more
attention to details for it to be successful. The joint interview will also provide
comprehensive data that has fewer errors. Many interview processes are affected by the
personal biases of the interviewers. It is, therefore, important to find ways to deal with such
issues. One sure way of neutralizing the biases is through the use of joint interviews. All the
interviewers will give the information that they have collected; then the team will jointly
assess the information and find a middle ground in the research process that will help in
making the research more successful.
What amount of time should be allocated?
A good interview is where the respondents are given enough time to answer the questions
adequately. Giving less time will lead to inadequate answers, and giving more time will lead
to time wastage; hence making a strategy is important.
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