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Piloting for interviews in qualitative research: operationalization and lessons learnt


Abdul Majid, Mohd Aliff and Othman, Mohhidin and Mohamad, Siti Fatimah and Abdul Halim Lim, Sarina and Yusof, Aziz (2017) Piloting for interviews in qualitative research: operationalization and lessons learnt. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 7 (4). pp. 1073-1080. ISSN 2222-6990

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Qualitative interviews offer rich and detailed information in understanding people’s experiences. However, qualitative inquiry might be difficult for inexperience researcher to adequately perform the interview. Piloting for interview is an integral aspect and useful in the process of conducting qualitative research as it highlights the improvisation to the major study. This article discusses the importance of pilot study, the methods undertaken and the lessons learnt throughout the process. The pilot interview was conducted with two offshore catering employees, as preparation for a dissertation in developing a job satisfaction instrument for offshore catering employees in Malaysia. The useful functions of pilot study are described and in highlighting the advantageous of pilot study, this paper describes the modification made for the major study as a result of the pilot work. These comprise (1) criteria for selecting potential participants, and (2) improving the interview guide, particularly the interview questions.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Food Science and Technology
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Publisher: Human Resource Management Academic Research Society
Keywords: Qualitative; Pilot study; Interview; Job satisfaction; Offshore catering
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 13:16
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2017 13:16
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