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Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 479–499 | Cite as

The Great Interview: 25 Strategies for Studying People in Bed

  • Joseph C. HermanowiczEmail author
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Abstract

Interviewing is among the most central methods in social science research. While common as a method, there are identifiable characteristics that distinguish good interviews from outstanding ones. Great interviewing is deceptively difficult, partly because it is an acquired ability that takes time to develop, partly because people often remain bound to conventional norms of behavior while interviewing that precludes open access to the people interviewed. While several texts are available on interviewing, few of them venture to draw the explicit distinction among characteristics that separate ordinary from outstanding interviews. Consequently, a concise and accessible guidepost that directs people to the essentials of outstanding interviewing is difficult to find. Based on interviews with a range of people about varied subjects, the author offers 25 directions that will, when followed in combination, point the interviewer along the road from the good (or not-so-good) interview to the great interview.

research methods interviews techniques 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyThe University of GeorgiaAthens

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