DANDY DOZEN INTERVIEW TIPS
Research • Research the guest’s background. • Research the subject area.
HomeWork • Do your homework. After researching, questions should be made up well be the interview
On Paper • If it is a formal interview, write out the introduction. You may also want to write out the conclusion • Write out all your questions
LISTENING • Listening is the key to successful interviews. Don’t stick to a list. Often, the best next question will come from the answer to the last question.
Types of Questions • Try not to ask “yes” and “no” questions
Types of Questions • Keep questions short and simple
In Order • Let the questions flow logically
Follow-Up • If you didn’t get enough of an answer to a question, don’t be afraid to ask it again
Treatment • Make guests comfortable
Reminders • Remind listeners who the guest and the topic is
Who’s Important • Remember, the guest is the star, not the interviewer
Getting Down to Business • Get to the point. Don’t clutter up the interview with lots of chit-chat