What’s the best format?
Once you’ve determined your goal(s), think about how you might design your interview, in order to reach them. You might use a semi-structured interview format, or ask users to complete tasks while thinking aloud— or some combination of these formats!
Do you want direct feedback on particular aspect(s) of your product? Would it be helpful to see and hear an assistive technology user interacting with your product directly?
If so, consider developing some tasks for your Fable community member to complete during the session.
You might ask yourself “What are the most common, or most important, tasks people need to complete in order to successfully use this product?”. This could include tasks like:
- Creating an account
- Logging in
- Locating specific information
While completing these tasks, prompt the tester to share their thoughts aloud, while also sharing their screen with you. For screen reader users, this will include sharing screen reader output, too.
If you’d like a tester’s feedback as you go through tasks, it’s important to specify the kind of feedback you’d like. Communicating this helps to make effective use of your time together!
- Do you want to know when a particular interaction feels out-of-the-ordinary? Or only when something’s problematic?
- Are you in the early stages of product development, where you can revamp entire features? Do you want high-level feedback?
- Or are you in a later stage, where changes might only take the form of smaller tweaks?
Do you want to learn about a particular assistive technology and how it works, in general? Would it be helpful to hear first impressions or general thoughts about an aspect of your product? With these types of goals, open-ended questions might be an approach to take. Consider developing a list of potential interview questions. During a session, you can take advantage of the open-endedness— delving into a topic in great