“I always have notes ready to answer the questions”
When our interviewer asks the financial questions, one of our participants is always ready for them.
I always look forward to completing my Understanding Society interview each autumn. The voucher I receive is a lovely bonus and I always manage to treat myself to something nice.
I have been doing this interview for many years; it has to be 25 years or more.
I always have notes ready to answer the questions on gas/electricity amounts and my benefit payments.
The interviewer I had in the past, John, became a friend. Each year he came, we had a quick talk and catch-up about our families etc. This man is now retired, but we have a new interviewer called Alyn and he is just as friendly as John and is also very good at his job.
I have managed to keep in touch with the study, as I have moved house a few times over the years and have always able to send off my new information/address/phone number etc.
My favourite question used to be; how many hours to do spend doing housework? I am sure we all underestimate ourselves and sure I had it wrong, haha!
My son, who also does the interview at his home, always discusses the questions with me after and we talk of how we enjoyed it.
I am glad that Understanding Society is able to keep in touch with me via email, I often look at your information, which I feel makes very interesting reading.
I am looking forward to my next interview next autumn.
This story was submitted to the Tell us a story competition, which invited participants to tell us about their interview experience. The competition is now closed.