Before you even begin an interview, you should make preparations to ensure that everything runs smoothly. A good interview is something that has been painstakingly prepared even the interview happens.
One of the things that you should do is to answer some questions yourself. How long do you plan to hold the interview? Are you going to let the interview play out or are you going to edit it? How will you edit it? You should also be ready to give your interviewee information — like who the audience will be and what are the expectations for the interview. You should also provide this information in the pitch letter that you will send your potential interviewee.
There are interviewees who may ask for some of the questions beforehand. This is a perfectly safe request for most “friendly” interviews. A good tip is to start off the interview with a killer question — one that immediately grabs hold of the audience’s interest. After a couple of intriguing questions you can ease back and ask background questions afterwards.
Originally posted on August 30, 2009 @ 12:46 am