When looking for potential interviewees, try to be as personable as possible. Emphasise that you’d like to hear their stories and memories about the local area, workplaces and family and friends. Avoid describing the process as an ‘interview’, as this can be off-putting.
Introduce your programme and what you plan to achieve. This will help potential candidates understand the value of their contribution and feel more confident about having something relevant and useful to say.
Below are some tips for getting in touch with people:
It’s important to be selective – you don’t have to interview everyone who approaches you. Select participants who you feel will best represent your chosen topics.
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