Here is a list of steps to follow in preparing for an interview:
Why does location matter?
In walking/go-along interviews, the route and setting provide important context to the interview, and can be the source of prompts and probes.
In reflecting on the role of medical centers and medical tourism agents as gatekeepers to women participants in their study on artificial reproductive technologies and commercial surrogacy in India, Sarojini Nadimpally and Anindita Majumdar reflect on the way in which location impacted on their in-depth interviews with women.
When gatekeepers insisted that interviews be conducted in hospitals or under the supervision of an agent they found that in such settings it was
“…difficult to explore in depth questions about the surrogates relationships with other actors such as doctors, agents and commissioning parents in this setting, or to probe further into their narratives […] There was a considerable difference in the quality of interviews where the first-time interaction took place in doctors’ clinics or at agents’ homes. When interviews were conducted at the surrogates’ own residences, they were far more comfortable and candid. During the interviews, we were able to explore and discuss some more themes with each surrogate, taking up a particular line of inquiry in more detail depending on both the time we were able to have with the surrogate and her willingness to engage” (2017, p. 302).