Hopes & concerns- Maria Karpasitou

I have already conducted my interview and I’d like to think it went rather well, definitely better than I expected. Going into this interview I had a number of hopes and concerns.
My main hope for the interview was to gain insight into the life of a Cypriot immigrant moving to the UK, the way of life, experiences, difficulties and memories. I already have somewhat of a background knowledge regarding the subject but I was really looking forward to hearing the experiences and memories of an individual instead of just reading the general facts and information. Since I was interviewing a person who has always been part of the community in one way or another since he had moved to the UK I thought it would be great to ask him about the community then and now, the differences, the growth, the factors, the difficulties it faced as a whole.
My concerns really bothered me. My main concern was regarding my questions; where they the right ones to ask? Are they too general? Are the covering the topic sufficiently? I was worried that I may miss interesting opportunities to probe further and expand the subject. I have done background reading on the subject so I was hoping that something the interviewee would say would spark a question in my head. That was closely related to my lack of confidence as an interviewer, and my lack of confidence in using the equipment correctly. I had conducted an interview before for my undergrad but it was nowhere near as ‘professional’ or ‘official’ as this and it was more informal. I was worried my nerves would clearly show and affect my train of thought.
In conclusion, most of my concerns were eased on the day of the interview (I was glad I got all the worrying done leading up to it) granted I was still nervous but once I had the initial chat with the interviewee prior to pressing the record button, I felt more comfortable and at ease. I am still not greatly confident in my interviewing skills nor my questions but I enjoyed the experience and in my opinion this was helped by the interviewee, he was helpful, friendly and understanding and he offered plenty of information for me to go on while also still allowing me to ask my questions. I did find out a great deal about the Cypriots and the community in London. Overall, I enjoyed the interview, the process and admittedly the sense of relief once it had finished!

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One Comment on “Hopes & concerns- Maria Karpasitou”

  1. Graham Smith says:

    It sounds as if it went well and that your interviewee’s kindness helped you overcome your fears. There is much to be said about not being the perfect expert when on the interviewer side of the microphone. After all the real experts are the people we interview.The most important attribute we bring to an interview is our curiosity.


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