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

Jäckle, A and Lynn, P and Sinibaldi, J and Tipping, S (2013) 'The effect of interviewer experience, attitudes, personality and skills on respondent co-operation with face-to-face surveys.' Survey Research Methods, 7 (1). 1 - 15. ISSN 1864-3361

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Abstract

This paper examines the role of interviewers' experience, attitudes, personality traits and interpersonal skills in determining survey co-operation, conditional on contact. We take the perspective that these characteristics influence interviewers' behaviour and hence influence the doorstep interaction between interviewer and sample member. Previous studies of the association between doorstep behaviour 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. We use a large sample of 842 face-to-face interviewers working for a major survey institute and analyse co-operation outcomes for over 100,000 cases contacted by those interviewers over a 13-month period. We 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. © European Survey Research Association.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 08:52
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2019 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7145

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