A personal interview is an interview you personally do. That seems fairly
straight-forward. But don't get confused. If you read an interview on-line, for instance, it is not a personal
interview. It is only a personal interview if you personally do it yourself. As well, just to be ethical, the
person you are interviewing should always be aware that you are interviewing her or him, and why you are asking for that information.
That person should also be given the opportunity to read your final draft before it is published (or handed in)... just
to be sure that you are not misquoting her or him. That aside, properly citing a personal interview is probably the
easiest thing to document.
Eldridge, Earl. Personal
Interview. 13 Oct. 2015.
That's it. That
is all you will put in your work cited. Notice,
though, how little information that truly is. Therefore, in your paper, as part of the text, you will need to tell your
reader Mr. Eldridge's expertise. It is pointless to interview somebody who has no expertise in the field you are researching
(such as your roommate, even if it's late, the paper's due tomorrow, and you just need one more source) or somebody who has
expertise, but it's not in the field you are researching (such as your minister's opinion on the economics of building an
orbiting space elevator).