|What can you teach us about the art of the interview?
It's a beautiful thing and gives you time to learn more about someone/something.
Plan your questions. Sit back and listen. Encourage or tease out further any particularly interesting points. Remain courteous and warm at all times. Be prepared to sub it carefully and with integrity.
"The Art of the Interview"
Research, research research! There are many journalist who dont' do enough of the research and end up with a story that has no real substance.
The key to a good interview is the amount of time you put into the research!
Once the research is completed the interview will come naturally. I like to keep the interviewee engaged and energetic. When I am confident in my research/knowledge I can focus more on the energy, body language and most importantly the answers to my questions.
Worst case scenario: If you never did the research, hell you don't even know the person you're interviewing...ask a couple of questions and really....LISTEN!
You never know what some people may share with you.
It's a very personal thing, as well it should be. Having your own unique approach is what makes your interview stand out. I like to put my subjects at ease by cracking jokes and allowing the conversation to slip off into whatever direction the interviewee likes in between questions, being sure to keep the conversation flowing, rather than disinterestedly murmuring "Mm-hm," then redirecting the subject back to my list of questions.
I keep my questions fresh by not only trying to avoid asking all subjects similar questions, but also by researching each subject's prior interviews before writing up my own. Journalists often forget that subjects are often interviewing several times a day and are being asked similar questions over and over again. Throwing curve balls keeps the subject on their toes and keeps them vested in the interview. It also leads to more interesting information for the readers as areas never delved into before with the subject make an appearance.
The best follow-up questions happen when you're really, really listening to your subject's answers. Harder to do than it seems!
That I can't honestly answer, I have only given one interview in my life and that was in school. I was given very basic guidelines and not much else. But the one thing I can say if you are going to interview someone, and your looking for the facts, get the truth if you can. Not dirt, not innuendo, not lies based on your personal agenda, but the facts.
Listen. Nobody wants to hear the journalist talk.
I like just talking to people who I am interviewing. Instead of asking tons of questions have one or two areas you want to touch on and then let nature guide you. My best interviews have not been interviews as much as two people having a great conversation.
It's the art of being quiet on the right times.
Be prepared. Watch body language and listen to the person you are interviewing. They may give you openings to more intriguing questions.
It is the art of storytelling.
Expertise and experience form the basis of most interviews. When the interviewee knows what those elements are and that he or she has an opportunity to be a spokesperson, then you've got the start of a great interview.
For the interviewer, the art is in the listening. That's how the pulse of a story is discovered; in the telling, the interaction that takes place between both parties.
I have often set on an interview with only a minimal agenda because I know that much will unfold during the dialogue... as long as I'm not forcing the story and the interviewee is not afraid to share his or her experience and expertise.
Listen, think, don't be afraid to ask dumb questions. "How's that?" is a great question. "Tell me a story," is another.
The best interviews are those where the subject is at ease so he or she will speak openly about themselves, their work and their career. Sometimes to put them at ease, it is best to talk to them in a place where they feel comfortable, which isn't always possible. It is essential for the interviewer to have a decent understanding of the subject they are interviewing, otherwise they come across as poorly informed and ill-prepared.
Ask a question and then listen. Even if the question is uncomfortable for you and the interviewee, wait to speak. I've gotten many excellent answers and candid thoughts in the space of silence.
Being personable and conducting the interview more like a conversation. If you are relaxed and then the interviewee will be relaxed.
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