The big day has arrived. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  • Be on time.
  • Be respectful. This person is sharing an important time in his or her life. Honor that.
  • Go through your list of questions.
  • If you've brought a tape recorder, make sure it's on.
  • Give the person time to respond to each question. Be patient.
  • Write down what you think is most interesting. Write down answers to your questions. Use quotation marks to show the interviewee's exact words.
  • Be a good listener. Sometimes the best questions are prompted by an answer to another question. Don't be afraid to veer from your list to ask about something your interviewee just said.
  • Thank the person for talking with you and sharing memories.
  • Tell the person you will share a copy of your final report.

Print this worksheet and use it to take notes during your interview.