For my second interview, I ended up only having one participant. This was an interesting experience as the interview seemed to be less conversational than the first focus group that we ran. In our first focus group, we had 3 participants and they were able to bounce ideas off of each other. This was a very effective in helping people recall their first-year experience at Davidson. Based on this experience I have decided to no longer run one on one interviews. Instead, I will strive to complete focus groups with at least 2 people.
Additionally, I realized that I need to give my respondents more time to think about their answers than what I expected. I need to prime my participants better. For this reason, I have decided to give them time to think about their first-year at Davidson for a few minutes before I start asking questions.