Asking to record an interview

There are two points you should touch on:

1. Recording the interview means you will be able to engage in the conversation, rather than being focused on note-taking.

Example: "Would you mind if I record this, so that I may focus on the conversation and not on notes?"

2. You respect their privacy and give them power to opt out.

Example: "If there is anything you would like to say off the record, I can press pause on the recorder. In addition, if at the end of the interview if you have changed your mind, I can delete the audio."

These points remind interviewees that you aren't after confidential or sensitive information and have their best interests in mind. 

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