Tag Archives: interview

Interviews Unreliable, Speculative

You shouldn’t rely on what people say in interviews.  For example, Cass R. Sunstein writes in his assessment of Gabriel Zucman’s, The Hidden Wealth of Nations, that “`investigative economics,’ extrapolating  numbers from interviews with private bankers, tax lawyers, and crooks’, … Continue reading

Posted in Survey Research | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Interviewers Skew Answers

Interviewers/askers skew answers because their personal characteristics (e.g., ethnicity, gender), manner of speaking, types of questions asked and not asked, and so on, affect interviewees’ responses.  Here’s Jonah Goldberg’s comment about how interviewer Brianna Keilar affected Hillary Clinton’s answers about her emails: “After … Continue reading

Posted in Survey Research | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Warning!!: Studs Terkel Interview Archive Is NOT History

Warning!! The Studs Terkel Radio Archive  of interviews is  promoted as history.  But it’s NOT.  That’s because history is not necessarily what people say in interviews.  Warning!!  The Terkel Archives only contain what people say and, as we all know (but many often forget), what … Continue reading

Posted in Survey Research | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Unreliable Interviews

Below are my comments on Marcia Angell’s article (New York Review of Books, 12/3/15).  I call attention to deficiencies perpetuated by survey researchers and by those, Angell in this instance, who rely on survey research: Marcia Angell uses a fatally … Continue reading

Posted in Survey Research | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Interviewer Lynn Barber Is Addicted To Interviewing

Interviewer Lynn Barber (as quoted in Jenny Turner, “Utterly in Awe”, London Review of Books 6/5/14, p.21)is addicted to interviewing.  She knows that interviewees are not, to use her word, “believ[able]”, but she continues to interview; that is, like all … Continue reading

Posted in Survey Research | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Interviews of the Famous Produce Unreliable Information

For sure, interviews of the famous produce unreliable information–that is, information that may, or may not, be correct–and one reason is because “[i]nterviewing the famous. . . is a game, a ritualised conflict with rules that are understood: `The participants. … Continue reading

Posted in Survey Research | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Interview: Control, Power, Popularity

In my book, The Problem with Survey Research, (p. 219) I discuss the interview in terms of control: Interviewers do all they can to “maintain control” of all aspects of interviews s[Grovel, The Art of the Interview, pp. 133-36]; they “exert … Continue reading

Posted in Survey Research | Tagged , , | Leave a comment