Preliminary Interview Questions


  • Could you tell me your full name?
  • Where do you live now?
  • Which is your country of origin?
  • At what age did you decide to come to the United States?
    • Which year was it?

Life and Family in Mexico

  • What was your life like in Mexico?
    • What did you work in?
    • What did you do?
  • Could you tell me about your family life?
    • How well did you get along with your parents? How about now?
  • What was your childhood like?
  • What was your level of education?
    • What did you study?
  • Do you remember any kind of political movement in Mexico before you came here?

Migration to the United States

  • When did you decide to come to the United States?
    • With whom did you come?
    • Why Colorado?
  • Why did you decide to come to the United States?
  • How did you feel when you came to the United States?
  • Do you know how your family felt about you leaving?
  • How did you come to the United States?
  • What was your first impression of the United States?
  • What did you do when you first came to the United States?
    • Did you stay with family?
  • What kind of challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?


  • What kind of jobs did you do?
  • Did you receive any kind of discrimination?
  • How were you treated at work?
  • Was it hard for you to find work?

Life in the United States

  • How did you learn English?
  • Has your impression of the United States changed during your time here?
  • How has your life style changed while living here?
  • How has the way in which you have been treated here now, including by your family, compare to when you first arrived?

Belonging and Transnationalism

  • What have you done to keep contact with your family in Mexico?
  • How did you obtain your residence?
  • Where is home for you—in Mexico or here?
    • Where is home for your children?
  • Have you ever thought about returning to Mexico?


  • What are your plans for the future?
  • What kinds of hopes do you have for your children?