The first step in conducting an interview is to think deeply about the problem and the process. Thinking about the problem may contains the following points. Number of questions in interview, Type of questions, Number of respondents, Fixing of time for interview, Length of interview, Area of interview and Main focus of interview.
Structured interview means for which a pre-planned questions and answers are made or a guiding paper has made which is followed by the interviewer. While unstructured interview is that in which there exists no structure of already arranged questions but questions are asked by the interviewer in sport and the respondent gives answer.
Every individual in our daily life meet with other and discuss something with him. This is the process of interview b/w interviewer and interviewee. The daily conversation b/w patient and doctor or student and teacher are the examples of interview. In interview the investigator and the respondents set together and they exist a face to face conversation b/w the two for a specific purpose.
Focused group discussion is an approach which is used to collect relevant information about an issue from the respondents in a friendly meeting, who express their views openly. Focused group discussion consists of the following two panels. i.e. Research investigators, Informants or respondents.
A schedule is a set of questions with structured answers to guide an observer interviewer, researcher or investigator. It is a plan or guide line for investigation. According to, Thomas Carson, the schedule is nothing but a list of questions which is necessary to test the hypothesis. In simple words schedule is a set of questions formulated and presented with specific purpose for testing an assumption or hypothesis.