Disadvantages Of Unstructured Interview

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Interviews are a part of our day to day lives, with interviews being conducted in every other social interaction. According to Maccoby and Maccoby (as cited in Brinkmann, 2013, p. 2-3) , an interview is ‘a face to face verbal exchange, in which one person, the interviewer attempts to elicit information or expression of opinion or belief from another person or persons’. However, there is a difference between interviews conducted in the normal social settings and interviews conducted for qualitative research purposes (Stuckey, 2013).
According to Klenke (2016), qualitative interviewing ‘provides a way of generating empirical data about the social world of informants asking them to talk about their lives’ (p. 125). It is a purposeful data collection method with a meaning-making
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And as such unstructured interviews are appropriate for collecting data in narrative research design (Hennink et al., 2011). One of the primary disadvantages of using the unstructured interview methods is that, this method is time consuming and produces a lot of data (Alsaawi, 2014). However, this voluminous data is appropriate in enabling the researcher to understand and get in-depth information on a phenomenon (Bryman, 2016).
Of the various approaches of interviewing, the semi structured interview is the most commonly used data collecting method in social science research (Brinkman, 2013). It employs both the structured and unstructured interview methods, meaning that the researcher uses both the open ended and close ended questions. As such it balances the advantages and disadvantages of both the structured and unstructured interviewing methods. The semi-structured interview can be administered either face to face, through a questionnaire , via telephone or any other electronic method such as skype (McIntosh & Morse,
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