Appropriate Language Meaning & Overview

Appropriate Language

So friends will know today about Appropriate Language as you all know In any interview, what is said, how it is said, and when it is said, decide whether interviewing language is appropriate or inappropriate. The written structured data-collection instrument dictates what is said in an interview. The schedule is prepared in advance and Pre-tested. Thus, to some extent, the appropriateness of the language has been tasted. The onus is on the interviewer to transmit faithfully to the interviewee the meaning of the questions. How it is said concerns the speech and mannerism of the interviewer who controls the ‘presentation’ and whose delivery of the questions may alter their intended meaning. When it is said refers to the context of the interview in which each question is placed. Although, in designing the schedule, the interviewer should be precise about the order in which question are asked, she/he may introduce some variation during the actual interview to clarify the question and review information.

Appropriate Language

While composing interview questions, the interviewer should communication at a level an interviewee understands. One problem often encountered is maintaining a level of language that is neither above nor below the interviewee’s level of understanding. An interviewer should be wary of using complex, rare or foreign words and expressions, abbreviations, acronyms, and jargon. An interviewee may not understand such language, while it may seem proper to the interviewer or evaluation team. Interviewees who are embarrassed at their lack of understanding may either not answer or guess at the meaning, which can lead to invalid data. Speaking down to an interviewee is just as bad. One can oversimplify language in the interview schedule to the point where interviewees feel they are regarded as ignorant. This is demeaning to an interviewee. A question that contains too many ideas or concepts may be too complex for the interviewee to understand, when presented orally. It becomes difficult for the interviewee to review parts of the question. While the interviewee might be responding to one part of the question, the interviewer may be interpreting the response as a response to the entire question. (Appropriate Language)

In designing an interview schedule, the researcher should avoid a double negative, which is difficult to answer and if answered, may lead to ambiguity. For example: “indicate which of your personal goals listed below are not considered to be in dissonance with your organizational goals”. It may be re-phrased as: “list your personal goals. Which of these clash with your organizational goals?” Extreme words as ‘all’, ‘none’ ‘everything’, ‘never’ and others are best avoided. It is advisable to define key words and concepts used in questions.

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