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The effect of interviewer experience, attitudes, personality and skills on respondent co-operation with face-to-face surveys

Der Effekt von Interviewererfahrung, Verhalten, Persönlichkeit und Fähigkeiten auf die Kooperation der Befragten bei Face-to-Face-Umfragen
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Jäckle, Annette; Lynn, Peter; Sinibaldi, Jennifer; Tipping, Sarah

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Abstract "This paper examines the role of interviewers' experience, attitudes, personality traits and inter-personal skills in determining survey co-operation, conditional on contact. The authors take the perspective that these characteristics influence interviewers' behavior and hence influence the doorstep interaction between interviewer and sample member. Previous studies of the association between doorstep behavior and co-operation have not directly addressed the role of personality traits and inter-personal skills and most have been based on small samples of interviewers. They use a large sample of 842 face-to-face interviewers working for a major survey institute and analyze co-operation outcomes for over 100.000 cases contacted by those interviewers over a 13-month period. They find evidence of effects of experience, attitudes, personality traits and inter-personal skills on co-operation rates. Several of the effects of attitudes and inter-personal skills are explained by differences in experience, though some independent effects remain. The role of attitudes, personality and skills seems to be greatest for the least experienced interviewers." (author's abstract)
Keywords survey research; data collection method; survey; response behavior; interview; personality; experience; behavior
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2013
Page/Pages p. 1-15
Journal Survey Research Methods, 7 (2013) 1
ISSN 1864-3361
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications