In conducting my interview I was shocked and caught off guard when I asked my interviewee to go deeper into his hard times and he replied "I rather not." This was the first time I heard no in any interview; I didn't know what to do so I continued the interview by asking another question. I do wish I would of prepared for this type of responses before hand, or heard an example of how to handle this type of situation. I was disappointed in my interviewee's response because I felt like I only received surface knowledge. However, I did learn a lot about my interviewee, I just felt like there was deeper stories.
The next time I turn research into a piece of writing, I will remember to prepare deeper back up questions. I did come prepared with some back up questions, but they were similar to each one. Bring a more of a variety of questions. Also next time I have to record oral history I will conduct the interview in a quite place with no loud background noises. I feel that more interview practice is needed, but a different type of style then the ones we did in class. In class I did not feel weird or awkward, but when I was giving an interview I felt nervous and weird. So, next time I would do more research for follow up questions and a little more serious practice interviews.