Interview skills

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Interview skills

  1. 1. Interview skills Preparation, interviews, questions, notetaking and difficult sources
  2. 2. Preparing for the interview • • • • • Research the “morgue” Search the net Search online archives Use public records Know your deadline
  3. 3. Setting up an interview • If possible, make appointments via telephone, email or write letters. Sometimes, in-person meeting is necessary. • Identify as a reporter writing for Comms 211. • Establish a meeting place • Give general parameters of the interview • Dress appropriately
  4. 4. Funnel vs. Inverted Funnel • Funnel – most important questions asked at end of interview • Inverted funnel – most important questions asked first
  5. 5. Asking questions • Open-ended questions vs. close-ended questions. • Open ended effective: “What do you make of ______?” • Close ended questions - gets directly to issues? • Have a list of questions.
  6. 6. Handling difficult and uncommunicative sources • Get in the door with a letter, flowers • Help them understand they are needed for story and accuracy. • Do something to disarm them • Convince them that you are a genuine person • Establish rapport • Really listen – be sympathetic. Don’t act like a prosecuting attorney. • Use breaks to your advantage • Don’t end the interview. • Learn to restate questions
  7. 7. Taking notes - recording • Practice taking notes without looking at notepad – keep eye contact • Take shorthand – leave out vowels, use symbols -- @ w/ • Take notes on computer • Ask for explanations, restatements • Make sure tape recorder is working. Watch for it to stop.
  8. 8. Making observations • Observe little things. • Make notes about surroundings
  9. 9. Other things you can do • Relax • Review notes following the interview. • Turn off the tape recorder, close notebook and wait for response
  10. 10. Other things you can do • Relax • Review notes following the interview. • Turn off the tape recorder, close notebook and wait for response

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