InterviewsAll interviews are interaction situations. Both the interviewer and the interviewee come to the situation with a whole set of characteristics.

Discuss in a group each of the following characteristics and explain in what ways each might affect the interview situation – even in a structured interview.

  1. Gender
  2. Ethnicity
  3. Age
  4. Social class
  5. Appearance
  6. Manner (e.g. quiet/aggressive)
  7. Existing attitudes/prejudices/opinions
  8. Vocabulary/knowledge of language
  9. Previous experiences and education
  10. Immediate circumstances (e.g. what the interviewee is doing at the time)