There is a way to a successful interview. There are also different types of interviews and hings you should do throughout interviews, this post will point out some of those things.

Why should you conduct an interview?

  • There is never enough research that you can do, and only a certain amount you can do, the next step would be an interview.
  • An experts opinion will really help with whatever it is you are researching etc.
  • A human side of the story. Someone would be able to tell you about their views and opinions etc.
  • You will be able to get challenging opinions, which will spark even more diversity if needed.
  • It helps to bring a story to life a lot, by using direct quotes.

How do you interview?

  • DETAIL- you have to start off with what happened.
  • OPINION- Get the interviewees opinion on the subject.
  • ACTION- What is it that is going to be done about it?

Different types of interviews. 

  • Face to face.

This can be time consuming but it is a good way to pick up on how the interviewee feels about the subject, you are able to read their body language when asking them questions, and when they answer them. When doing this it allows you to ask further questions and get more opinions.

  • Telephone

This way you have to make it clear who you are and not lie about your identity, for legal reasons. Although it isn’t illegal unless you pretend to be a police officer. This is another good way of interviewing but maybe a bit harder to really understand how the interviewee feels.

  • Email/Social media.

This is a very easy way to interview someone who is in a different country, Character limits will prove a problem so you must be very aware of that. Again, it will be a lot harder to understand the interviewees feelings by reading their body language, unless you do the interview over a video message.

Type of questions to ask during an interview. 

Don’t ask closed questions. This way the interview will last a lot longer and you will be able to gather more information. The time spent with the interviewee may also mean that they become more comfortable, resulting in them opening up more and giving even more opinions and complex answers.

Make sure you space your questions out well, take your time. If you ask too many questions in one go the interviewee will become confused and you will not get clear answers.

Make sure you don’t stick to a prepared list of questions. It is good to improvised based off how the interviewee has been reacting to the previous questions you had asked before.

You have to make sure you are constantly listening carefully to what they are saying, be interested and follow up on interesting things that they may say throughout the time you are interviewing them.

What to do when you meet the person you are interviewing. 

You will need to introduce yourself and shake their hand, this will instantly create a good impression and hopefully make them feel comfortable.

Be friendly and polite, whilst keeping a professional manor.

Always be prepared to deal with anything that comes your way.

Managing an interview. 

You will have to ask the questions that you know your audience that you are dealing with will want to know about. This way the interview will be a success either way.

Never be afraid to ask someone to repeat what they have just said if you didn’t hear it, just be polite and they should and most likely will be happy to repeat.

Be sensitive to the situation you are in but also do not be afraid to ask difficult questions, if it is appropriate and lead off from there.

How to deal with somebody difficult. 

No matter what, never lose your temper, it is important to retain a professional image and maturity.

Try to keep the conversation going, but if you really feel it cant go any further, wrap it up and than them for their time. Never failing to keep polite.

What to do when you think an interview is drying up. 

Make sure not to panic, just keep going and talk in general terms if needed, just until you feel you are back on track with the interview.

Remember you always have your previous questions to refer back to.

How to bring an interview to an end.

If the interview is live you can say that is all you have time and thank the interviewee for their time. Remember to politely bring the conversations to an end.

Why should you research before an interview?

It will enable you with a good start to an interview. This would mean their is no awkward starts and pauses. This will also help your professional look as you look fully prepared.

Research plays a big part in the relevance of the questions that you ask. It will make your article more interesting as your questions are more relevant.  It will also provide the article with background material,

Research will mean that you are fully prepared, this will also help the interviewee feel at ease and comfortable with you because it means that everything is in control and there shouldn’t be any mistakes. This possibly leading to more in depth answers.

Things that could go wrong in an interview.

You could give off an unprofessional vibe.

The interviewee may have to repeat information that is already known by the public, they may also feel uncomfortable.

You may miss out on something important that you needed to cover, she/he may also refuse to be interviewed.

If i was to interview Bobby Morley and/ or 5 seconds of summer i would take all these pints into account in order to have a successful interview. My research is below.