|What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
Soften people up with some nice easy questions, then hit them with a real corker at the end of the conversation. I call this approach the Columbo Approach. Although, technically he was a detective.
It is not an art. It is a conversation.
let him/her speak what is in her/his mind
I spent a few years interviewing celebrities, and found the way to get the best out of them was to make them laugh, treat them like normal people, and ignore whatever the PR said, and ask them exactly what i wanted. Journalists should never, ever ask a closed question. That's the first rule. I like to think interviews are just a nice chat.
Jot down the questions you want to ask, but during the interview, come up with other questions, resulting from the answers from your original questions. Try to be like a Detective!
Sometimes it's a good to ask a provocative question that you know the subject isn't willing or able to answer, just to see how they react to it.
Let people assume you know nothing.
Allow them to explain it to you.
It will put them at ease to be the smart one in the room and you will get better quotes.
Before you go for an interview, read as much about the person you are going to meet. Then make a list of the questions that you are going to ask. Dress well. Look good. Give off positive vibrations. Always have a smile on your face. Show a lot of respect to the person who is being interviewed. Gradually, he will open up and the end result is always a good interview.
Have fun with the people you are interviewing, start a conversation and let the person you are interviewing finish it.
Just my way of doing things,I am far from perfect,but I try and do things the way I would want them done.
Getting your subject to feel at ease, and say what they most want to say.
Preparedness before the interview is vital. In that, a thorough research must be done on the interviewee in advance. Eye contact during the interview is also vital.
Good interviewing is about listening. It's about the art of conversation. The key to your next question can often be found in the person's most recent answer if you listen for it.
The interview is a crucial piece of any story. If you're interviewing someone, keep track of time inconspicuously, don't alert your subject to the fact that you're keeping track of time. Personally, I like to sit in a place where I can easily see a clock.
Make sure your subject is comfortable and do what you can to put him or her at ease. Don't be afraid to ask the tough questions, be firm but fair. The issue shouldn't be whether or not you're tough enough to ask but whether or not your subject is tough enough to answer!
Be respectful, conversational and comfortable. If your subject senses your on the edge of your seat, they'll notice and act accordingly.
Personally, I've had subjects who suffer "source remorse" after the interview. Remember to make it clear to your subject that anything they say on tape is fair game. Some people may later regret some of the things they say during an interview but if its on tape, you're shielded from any lawyer, litigation or late night ranting rage.
Most of all, keep a small notebook in front of you, near your recording device. I've noticed subjects watching the way I mark time or make note of a quote during an interview. If your subject sees that you're taking the time to make a note while they're talking, he or she may be encouraged to elaborate.
Most importantly, remember to pause a few seconds between questions and monitor your audio input into the recording to questions. The best sound bite can be ruined by audio coaxing such as mmhmm, yeah, sure etc.
Take this for today:
The best interview depends on the interviewer. If the interviewer is shallow, not informed and has no forceful questions, she/he will never get the right, correct and forceful answers and the product will be poor, as if nothing had been done. Again, you don't need to ask questions in order to know. No! Ask questions in order to confirm what you already know or have had a hint. This demands research and prior information about the subject (issue) and your subject (interviewee) well before you start the interview.
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