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Interviewing Practice


Prepare and arrange the area where the interview will take place.

Have water for interviewee

plug in tape recorder

put in tape


Test tape

push record/play

ask each person to speak in a normal voice (testing, 1,2,3)

stop and rewind

push play and listen to make sure it is working

rewind to beginning

If you have to adjust the volume or where people are sitting, test the tape again.


Beginning the interview

push record/play

count to 8 silently

say the following introduction:

"Today is (Tuesday, March 31, 1999)._________This is the Beaver Area Middle-High School Oral History Project. The interviewers are (first and last names)_________________We are gathering information about Beaver County. Would you say your name and address for us, please?"