Posted by Mitch Mitchell on Nov 25, 2013
As you know by my last post, I have conducted some live interviews, and been interviewed once (I think it’s just the one time lol). At this point I think it qualifies me to talk about what makes a pretty good live interview; see how we can delude ourselves? 🙂
I think every person should think about doing a live interview at least once in their lives. In the video below, and you know I had to have another video, I talk about ways people can improve their skills in doing live interviews. Truthfully, some of those tips can be used in doing interviews like the one I did with Brian Hawkins because there are things in the video that I matched in the written interview, as well as in interviews I’ve done with other people, like the one with Morayma Makay, an actual working model.
There really are two main things, both covered in the video but I’m going to state them differently here. One, you have to have some curiosity in your mind. If you ask the standard questions that everyone else asks, what are you giving anyone that’s new or unique? If I asked Morayma “What’s it like being a model?”, have I asked anything that thousands of other interviewers haven’t already asked? I asked some questions in that interview that I’m betting people have wanted to know but never had anyone to ask; that’s something you don’t see all that often.
The other is the willingness to do some prep work up front. I always have a few questions to ask someone about their past, and so far I’ve been able to ask people questions based on information I’ve found on the internet. One of my first audio interviews was with a lady named Wendy Y. Bailey, who is a group coaching coach (try saying that 5 times fast lol), and we did that one after she answered my standard business interview questions on my business blog. There’s a link to the audio interview on the link I’ve just given you, and there were a few questions that threw her about her, which is always kind of interesting because it either means people weren’t expecting you to know something about them or they really don’t want to answer it to begin with. Talk about a bit of fun!
See there, now with what I just gave you that’s 9 overall tips in how to conduct an interview, and the two above could also work in a live interview. In any case I hope you watch the video, and I hope you think about adding some interviews with people in your spaces. Hey, I’m always available for an interview; did I share this one I did on leadership, a podcast, with you? 😉