Guidelines for interview questions

Guidelines for The CVI Range Interview Questions

  •  The interview is a conversation. It is critical that the interviewer become familiar with the questions before the interview begins.
  • Allow at least 30 minutes for the interview. It may take longer/shorter time depending on the individuals being interviewed and the skill of the interviewee.
  • DO NOT ask the parent or caregiver to write the answers to the interview questions. It is not intended to be a questionnaire.
  • If possible, audiotape the interview (with permission). If you must score the interview items during the interview, inform the interviewee that you will need to take notes during the interview.
  • If there are multiple adults to interview, interview one person at a time.
  • In general, it is best to begin the interview with the opportunity for the parent or caregiver to “tell their story.” This includes information pertaining to medical history, child/student’s birth experience, information from medical providers, and family perspectives.
  • Avoid commenting on or correcting the information provided by family interviewees. Respect their version of their child’s history.
  • Avoid making personal contributions regarding your experiences with other children who have CVI or experiences from your own life. This is an opportunity for a family to have their story heard.
  • Do not lead the interviewee toward any particular response. Remind them that there is no incorrect answer to the questions you are asking.
  • It is the right of the parent or caregiver to opt to not answer a particular question and/or to end the interview.