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The Qualitative Interview, Art and Skill

Authors: Jeanine Evers and Fijgje de Boer
The qualitative interview resembles a good conversation. What makes somebody a good discussion partner? That he listens attentively, thinks along, empathizes with what has just been said and does not interrupt. In short, someone who is empathetic and interested. Is such a person a good interviewer by nature? No, as these characteristics form only the basis for a part of the Art referred to in the title of this book. However, the interviewer also needs additional knowledge and Skills that are discussed extensively in this book.

An interview should first of all have a well defined information goal. And only when the Skills of the good discussion partner mentioned above merge with the researcher’s knowledge, do we observe the Art of interviewing referred to in the title of this book. This book was written for those who are professionally involved in doing qualitative interviews or is learning how to conduct these interviews.

What others say about this book:
“Interviewing has always been a highly underestimated art. As a result, the quality of qualitative research (and of quantitative research) leaves much to be desired. This book contains a wealth of knowledge on how to avoid the countless interview pitfalls and on how to make optimum use of interview techniques that focus on specific research topics and research situations.”
– Harry van den Berg, Methodology head university lecturer, VU University Amsterdam –

“Contains all information of interest when it comes to the preparation and execution of interview studies. A highly valuable book for novices and advanced researchers alike!”
– Anneloes van Staa, Healthcare Transitions lecturer, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences –

“A book that clarifies interviewing. I am using this book for my study because it can be practically applied within the theory-based university context. It has also proven to be very useful for my research assignments. Easy to refer to, sends a clear message, richly illustrated, comprehensive and applicable in practice.”

“Really useful book full of hints and tools for effective qualitative interviewing. Very handy for use in my study, since I have to conduct quite a few interviews. Highly recommended!”

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This book is also available in Dutch.