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After reading, “Postmodern Interviewing,” and discussing it in class, I realized that an interview did not fully consist of what I normally perceived it to.  I always thought an interview was just asking a series of questions, getting the answers, and then interpreting the results.  Instead, it appears an interview is a lot more than that.  For example, I really like the idea that Dr. Wolff mentioned last night in class, which was that an interview should be more like a conversation and leave room for the interviewees to feel free to take the interview in a different direction.  In fact, this kind of interview sounds more fulfilling and worthwhile than my original perception of what an interview should be like.

I also liked the suggestion made in the book that an interview should consist of many open-ended questions, instead of cut and dry questions with specific answers like yes or no.  The yes and no questions do not reveal very much about the feelings and opinions of the interviewees, which are very important elements to consider when developing an interview.  In fact, I would go as far as to say that the interviewer does not ask the questions, but rather the interviewees do.  The interviewees illustrate through their feelings and opinions what questions should be asked.  Therefore, an interviewer is not just someone who asks questions and gets the answers, but is also someone who must know how to read people and situations well in order to understand what should be asked.  If the interviewer develops questions without also considering the people and their situations, then I feel the interviewer is more likely to express bias in the development of the questions, because he or she will only be considering his or her interests and not the interviewees’ interests.

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