The best practice for in-depth interviewing is to carry one out. There is nothing quite like having.

The best practice for in-depth interviewing is to carry one out. There is nothing quite like having first-hand experience of trying to juggle all the various social and environmental factors, thinking about the next question, and trying to decide how far to pursue a particular strand whilst still trying to keep focused on the actual spoken exchanges! If possible, identify a volunteer you do not know well to carry out a practice in-depth interview on a relatively neutral topic such as Experiences of dental care or preventing accidental injury. Identify your aims for the interview (do you
The best practice for in-depth interviewing is to carry one out. There is nothing quite like having first-hand experience of trying to juggle all the various social and environmental factors, thinking about the next question, and trying to decide how far to pursue a particular strand whilst still trying to keep focused on the actual spoken exchanges! If possible, identify a volunteer you do not know well to carry out a practice in-depth interview on a relatively neutral topic such as Experiences of dental care or preventing accidental injury. Identify your aims for the interview (do you want to encourage narrative accounts of, say, experiences of accidental injury, or to identify health beliefs about dental hygiene?). Think of a number of prompts, and use some of the suggestions in Box 4.1 to frame some questions. After the interview, get your interviewee to give you feedback on whether you succeeded in putting them at ease, and whether they felt they covered the issues that were relevant to them on the topic.