Oddly I have found scheduling interviews by subgroups rather liberating as I use one set of questions for a few interviews then switch to the next set. My brain is on overload having done eight interviews so far with another thirteen left to do.
The process is becoming easier as I do more interviews yet I sometimes question if the interview almost becomes more a conversation as participants feel open to dialogue. Remaining objective is challenging as I have already found common themes just from doing the interviews. Transcribing the interviews will be laborious but the collection of data on questionnaires has been liberating and has helped identify other possible reasons for themes to develop and occur.
I think I am follow the ideals of my physical therapist who requires repetition of exercises in sets of three when I schedule these interviews. More than three interviews per day would drain me of almost all my emotional energy.
Has anyone else had to navigate multiple forms of communication when doing interviews? Landline phones, mobile phones, FaceTime, Skype, written interviews via email for persons whose schedules are too hectic to allow for personal time, and face to face interviews. I think the research inquiry/project is definitely affecting my opinion of technology and how much more I do not know. However, I am unsure that means I want to use more technology.
Time for the second interview of the day. And just FYI, some interviews are opening up more leads on interviews. I will definitely need to limit how many more additional people wish to be interviewed.