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Depth interviewing skills

Depth interviewing skills
A two-day course providing an understanding of, and experience in using, the skills and techniques involved in conducting qualitative interviews.



This two-day course gives participants an understanding of, and experience in using, the skills and techniques involved in conducting qualitative interviews to a high standard. It will be delivered via a combination of taught and practical sessions. The trainers all have extensive experience of conducting in-depth interviews for qualitative studies.

Course objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will be:

  • able to locate where the in-depth interview sits on the continuum of interview approaches
  • able to identify the key features and objectives of in-depth interviews
  • familiar with, and able to put into practice, the essential skills of in-depth interviewing: active listening; open questioning and probing
  • able to design and use a topic guide
  • able to explain the attributes which are required to fulfil the interviewer role
  • able to demonstrate awareness of, and competence in, different aspects of managing the interview process
  • experienced in conducting in-depth interviews through the practical sessions included in the course



  • the depth interview in social research
  • in-depth interviewing skills: active listening, open questioning and probing techniques
  • designing and using a topic guide
  • interviewer attributes
  •  managing the interview process
  •  considerations before the interview
  •  stages of the interview
  •  working with specific populations, dealing with sensitive or difficult topics and situations
  •  practical interviewing issues


Who will benefit?

This course requires some prior knowledge or experience of conducting qualitative research.

You will find the course useful if:

  •  you are relatively new to qualitative research, or just starting to conduct in-depth interviews
  •  have experience of doing qualitative interviews but lack training
  •  you commission or manage qualitative research in central or local government, health or other applied sectors



Course tutor

Mehul Kotecha joined the NatCen Social Research as a Senior Researcher in March 2008. He has led on a number of qualitative studies including evaluations of back to work programmes (e.g. process evaluation of the Support for the Very Long-Term Unemployed Trailblazer programme), research into financial and material circumstances in old age (e.g. exploring the relationship between material deprivation and pensioner poverty and a study which explored older people's attitudes towards the principle of automatic awards of Pension Credit), and research into education and skills (e.g. a study exploring motivations and barriers to part-time post-16 education). Prior to this, Mehul was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, based at London South Bank University – where he also received his doctorate in sociology.

Malen Davies is a Research Director working across the Social Attitudes and Children, Families and Work teams. She is a qualitative specialist and is working on a broad range of research projects.  She has recently managed a project for the Equality and Human Right Commission focusing on equality and diversity, which involved developing guidance documents for employers on how to interpret the Equality Act in relation to Religion or Belief. She is currently managing a study funded by Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB), Sense and Thomas Pocklington Trust which is exploring experiences of the Personal Independence Payment assessment process for people with either sight loss or dual sensory impairment. Malen is also working on a range of projects for the Department for Work and Pensions, focusing on the evaluation of labour market interventions and the roll-out of Universal Credit and research. Before joining NatCen, Malen worked as Researcher at the RNIB and the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion.



  This course contributes 6 hours to the MRS CPD programme

Cancellation policy: Full refund if cancelled 21 days or more from the course date.  No refund if cancelled 20 days or fewer from the course date.

10/24/2019 9:00 AM - 10/25/2019 4:30 PM
GMT Standard Time
NatCen Social Research 35 Northampton Square LONDON EC1V 0AX UNITED KINGDOM
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