I need some advice on how to conduct an interview
I'm going to be doing an interview with a real-life friend who has an interview on the TV show 'The Voice.' With her permission, I'll be sharing this with the local newspaper. I would like any advice hubbers can provide about how to do this!!
Make sure you know what the central point of the interview is. Ask open ended questions and be clear about how you interpret or use comments she may make.
The goal of the interviewer is to find the right applicant for the job. Successfully accomplishing this task depends on selecting productive interview questions. Design interview question that will enable you to assess the attitude and aptitude of each employee.
The Professional interviewer will avoid asking questions such as:
Yes or no questions, they should be avoided because they obtain very limited information.
"Inch" questions require a one word answer generally of little benefit.
Loaded or leading questions should be avoided because they suggest a correct answer, you want to know what the employee is thinking, not give him or her answers.
Instead ask open ended questions, questions that require more than a yes or no answer. Note some examples below:
Why do you want to work here?
What are your strengths?
What are your weakness?
Why should we hire you?
What make you think you are right applicant for the job.
How will we benefit by hiring you?
Another approach is to ask the employee to describe how he or she dealt with a situation or performed a skill in the past. Note some example below:
Describe a difficult situation or task you had to deal with?
Give me an example of you performing under stress?
Describe a situation where you had to think outside the box?
Give me an example of your successfully managing or leading others?
Give me examples of you working with people of diverse backgrounds?
Describe a situation where you had to effectively use your communication skills?
Selecting the right interview questions will very according to the type of job opening, each company's needs are different. However, selecting the right questions will indeed give you plenty of information to help you choose the best applicant for the job. Happy Interviewing!
I would find out some history about how she came to audition and find out some information that really makes her stand out. One of the best parts of a good interview with a subject like this is to find out her uniqueness--what sets her apart from others who have also auditioned. Everyone, absolutely everyone has something that sets them apart from the rest. Find out what that is. Find out as well some inside info about the audition process. We see the results on television, but I'll bet she has some information that the general public is never going to know about. I love the advice given as well about asking open ended questions--that is where you are really going to get the heart of your interview. Remember--you are the interviewer, but the interviewee is who we want to discover. Since you are her friend, I'm assuming you are going to paint her in a good light. And since she's your friend, I would also consider giving her a first look at the story once it's written, just so she has a chance to clarify anything that may not have come over the way she wants it to. Good luck! I hope you'll link to the story once it's done--would love to read it.
Get facts from the person your interviewing and ask lots of questions based on getting their opinions.
Always take several deep breaths...relax! Remember or know this, Journalism 101: Research your topic and or person. Always ask, who, what, where, when, why, and how. Probe with your personality until you get a satisfactory answer. Wrap it up by thanking your guest/s. And close. I hope I've been helpful to you!
I can see very informatiive and useful advice here. I have nothing else to say, tbh. It's all in one plate.
Best of luck!
You didn't say the purpose of the Audition, but tailor your interview to her background and talent for that audition. Will you be doing the interview before her audition or afterwards. That might make a big difference in what info you cover in the interview. Suppose she fails the audition, you can cover her experience and how she felt she did and what might have caused her to fail. If she has a successful audition, then lavish the praise on her. I have done author interviews and other types, but if you look at the Hubpages snippets each week they usually highlight a successful interview which can help you. Good luck.
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