How to Conduct Interviews

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How to Conduct Interviews

For 25 years, the Voces Center has been conducting oral history interviews on various subjects. Explore our training videos to learn how to conduct impactful interviews

Part 1 - Before the Interview

The first part is a discussion on oral history interviews, stressing the partnership dynamic and the importance of detailed probing. Here Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez addresses the challenges and benefits of involving families and emphasizes the continuous learning process to capture historical context.

Part 2 - During an Interview

In the second part, Dr. Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez advises on oral history interviews, stressing context-setting, ground rules, and effective communication. They highlight careful listening, addressing emotions, and connecting with interview subjects, while emphasizing the importance of avoiding interruptions and minimizing personal responses.

Part 3 - During the Interview

Lastly, Dr. Rivas-Rodriguez emphasizes the partnership and shared authority in oral history interviews, stressing the importance of careful listening and skill development. She discuss the value of probing for details and considerations when involving family members in interviews, highlighting the need to maintain interview dynamics and to avoid disruptions.

A collage of photos of people that Voces has interviewed

WWII Teacher's Guide

Using interviews from our own collection Voces has developed a packet of worksheets, questions, and significant historical dates appropriate for 5th grade and up. Our guide largely centers around Hispanic Americans and their involvement in World War II.