I needed to do some research interviews for my master thesis. I study software engineering and in the interviews I ask people about preferences and more regarding a piece of software.
When listening to the recordings it's obvious that I did a very poor job in so many different ways:
- ehm, ehm, ehmmmmm, ehm, constantly
- interrupting the interviewee
- forgetting to acknowledge his answers
- missing important questions, though they are in an interview guide
- failing to formulate my questions clearly
- elaborate on questions way too soon, because I find the silence uncomfortable
- worried about the interviewee feeling that he is wasting his time, or that I am stupid or incompetent
- sounding nervous, yes I was
- not sounding interested in their answers, though I certainly was
- my speech gets sluggish and less precise than normal, I really just sound stupid (more than I am)
...and much more.
I spoke with two different anthropologists that I happen to know. They said that they had the exact same experience, and for the first many interviews they tried. They say there is a consensus in their school about how it takes time to learn, as a craft. According to them one can prepare very well, which will help, but still the interviews will be quite bad, but that in time one will learn and get much better. Even the professors said this, that they should expect to do bad at first, but later they would learn, that this was almost inevitable.
This was nice to hear for me :)
I need to reflect on this in my thesis, that my performance was so bad. To do so, I need a source.
My questions is: If there is a consensus about this, are there some sources supporting this claim, or just sources dealing with this issue?