How might age affect the progress of an interview?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Age can affect the progress of an interview if the perception is that with a large age difference, the two sides will not understand the other.  The initial part of the interview may be slower as the difference in ages is explored by the questions asked, but I don't believe that the obstacle is insurmountable.  I think establishing rapport with an interviewee is more important than age.  Age can represent someone in the past who was a good influence such as a grandmother or grandfather, a teacher, a previous parole officer or an uncle who helped the interviewee.  As I need to connect with inmates of all ages, I see the age difference from my side as an advantage, and when I make the connection with the inmate, they often forget about the age difference as I simply become the person who is listening to them.