COMM2250 Dummies guide to: Interviewing Skills

Today’s workshop was a discussion on the do’s and dont’s when preparing and conducting an media interview with the focus on the radio sector. Prior to this discussion I was fairly unaware of the useful techniques that seem so critical to incorporate into a seamlessly executed interview.

The students enrolled in the Radio subject for 2013 are involved in completing a one hour live-to-air set on Triple R radio station (102.7 FM) called Room With a View. This is why these tricks of the trade are so important to learn and practice, with an additional individual interview task.

Here are some effective tips and steps when preparing for an interview:

  1. select a topic of interest
  2. thoroughly research that topic so you have sufficient background awareness to understand what is being said in the interview
  3. find potential talent to interview through your research and connections
  4. conduct a phone call with potential interviewee to suss out their appropriateness
  5. choose best candidate
  6. work out a loose plan to send to interviewee – points or questions?

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7. We were told a list of points rather than questions is more effective in an interview as            engaging with the interviewee is one of the most important things and working out               questions from what they are saying usually has the best effect in production.

Points when conducting an interview:

  • Start with one or two non specific warm up questions e.g. how has your day been? How are you going? etc.
  • Maintain eye contact
  • Use a variety of non-verbal gestures (try not making any sound)
  • Give interviewee your undivided attention
  • Hold 3 seconds of silence in between answers and next question – they might add something last minute before you have moved on
  • If they are hesitating to answer a question, attempt to rephrase it in 3 different ways before moving on
  • Only ask one question at a time – avoid “double barreled questions”
  • Try not to receive too many generalized answers, if you are change it up so you don’t
  • If they speak jargon – ask them what they mean by that?
  • Try to achieve a power balance (e.g. swivel your chair to face them) this will make the interview more engaging and not as intimerdating
  • Act friendly, happy and pleased to be talking with them

These are just several tips of what we discussed, I will continue to post research on effective interviewing as it seams there is a lot to get a hang of here!

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