Interviewing people is one of the tools that folklorists use to study culture. In addition to having curiosity, a good interviewer needs to be a good listener.
Asking questions that produce interesting answers isn’t always easy. Lots of questions may be answered with just a simple “yes” or “no” and don’t tend to lead to detailed responses. Try to develop open-ended questions that encourage someone to talk. Here are some more tips to consider.
1. Before you ask a question of someone else, ask yourself what information you’re really looking for and how you’ll use the information.
2. Good interviewers do some investigating in preparation for their interviews.
3. Perhaps the most important interviewing skill is to be polite as you ask questions and listen to answers.