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A Crash Course on Asking Interview Questions (for Scientific Study)

The following notes are taken from Prof. Jonathan Sillito‘s Qualitative Research Methodology Course.

General to-avoid questions

– close-ended questions (answered by ‘yes’ or ‘no’);

– a statement (rather than a question);

– double question (“Did you have a 9-year relationship with that woman?”);

– overload question (too many questions in a row);

– comments in questions (“Do you like the third person, you know he is not very good?”)

– using trigger words or loaded words (“Were you a racist during that time?”)

– using hyperbole (“How do you response in action given the massive progress your opponent have made recently?”)

How to structure an interview

  1. Offer main topics;
  2. For each topic, come up with an open question to start up;
  3. Continue with other questions

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