What if nobody responds to your interview request?

Posted 08/12/2014 by Beata Pedziwiatr

Helen Kara: Then have a re-think. Of course it’s unethical to coerce people, but you can be encouraging. The word ‘interview’ puts some people off because it makes them think of intimidating job interviews, disciplinary interviews etc. Can you use different wording, e.g. ‘I’d like to have a chat about some of your thoughts to help me with my research’? Sometimes people are afraid they won’t be able to help, so let them see your interview questions before they decide.