1. bookVolume 31 (2015): Issue 4 (December 2015)
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First Impressions of Telephone Survey Interviewers

Published Online: 16 Dec 2015
Volume & Issue: Volume 31 (2015) - Issue 4 (December 2015)
Page range: 611 - 625
Received: 01 Nov 2012
Accepted: 01 Mar 2015
Journal Details
License
Format
Journal
eISSN
2001-7367
First Published
01 Oct 2013
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4 times per year
Languages
English
Abstract

Survey nonresponse may increase the chances of nonresponse error, and different interviewers contribute differentially to nonresponse. This article first addresses the relationship between initial impressions of interviewers in survey introductions and the outcome of these introductions, and then contrasts this relationship with current viewpoints and practices in telephone interviewing. The first study described here exposed judges to excerpts of interviewer speech from actual survey introductions and asked them to rate twelve characteristics of the interviewer. Impressions of positive traits such as friendliness and confidence had no association with the actual outcome of the call, while higher ratings of “scriptedness” predicted lower participation likelihood. At the same time, a second study among individuals responsible for training telephone interviewers found that when training interviewers, sounding natural or unscripted during a survey introduction is not emphasized. This article concludes with recommendations for practice and further research.

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