Preparation is the key to gathering the data in an interview.*
1. Gather information on the organization and the people it serves.
2. Contact the person(s) you wish to interview to set up a time and place convenient for them.
3. Read over your research and construct questions. Word your questions so they cannot be answered by a Yes or No to allow you to gather more information. Write down the questions and practice asking them before the interview. Practice is most effective when you ask them to another person.
4. If you plan on recording the session instead of taking notes, remember to ask permission before the interview day. (Reminder: Personal names should not be included in your paper)
5. Be courteous of their time. Plan on arriving on time and timing the interview to be over on or before the time allotted.
6. Conducting your interview:
7. Even if you're recording, take a few notes to highlight what is being said. It will help you locate key comments later when you're compiling your research for your paper.
8. Review your research and your interview notes, and highlight quotes you'd like to include. Your paper should focus on answering what causes the issue you are analyzing, and what you suggest as remedies to help this community.
*Scholastic. "How to Conduct an Interview." http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3752516.