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Interview: Preparation: The more structure and preparation you demonstrate, the better the interview will be. The following are guidelines in developing good interviews Develop a statement of interest, including What you find interesting about the subject What you will be able to discover through the interview that you could not otherwise Research thoroughly whatever public knowledge you can find on the person, the project, the company, and/or events The interview begins before you meet the person! Prioritize a set of objectives and questions Going in prepared makes you look even more capable and competent Discover what is necessary to fit into their environment/space; ask advice of others if necessary. Your objective is to make the interview subject feel comfortable, and willing to share what is important to them. Ask yourself: "How would I want to be treated if the roles were reversed?" Dress neatly and appropriately for the situation. Develop a checklist of what "tools" are needed notebook, pens, recording device, etc. Arrange for the interview "on location" if possible and/or appropriate It will add to its sense of place, voice, and story The Interview Arrive early Avoid traffic, parking, getting lost problems Observe and orient yourself to your subject's environment, working conditions, co-workers, etc. Don't be "nosey" but be alert! Don't interfere with on-going operations Treat the interview like a conversation only with more structure. Begin with your list of questions Follow chance openings Keep in mind your objectives Actively listen to understand and report Affirm that you understand what they are saying Do not agree or disagree with the person Do not debate what they have to say Know when to shut up Listen carefully enough so that you know when to let your source pause to collect his or her thoughts. Don't feel the need to fill every empty space with conversation Don't be afraid to say you don't understand, or need more explanation. Use your own words to repeat back; ask: "So what you're saying is . .." or "So let me get this straight. .." Be willing at all times to be surprised; follow chance openings Don't think you know what the story is about. Don't let your own feelings or bias shape the questions you ask
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Introductions (a "few" minutes) Introduce yourself and your project Ask for the person's name, title, business card, photograph or digital image, company logo, etc. as appropriate Try to make the person you interview (and yourself!) comfortable. Some casual conversation is appropriate as ice-breaker: express your appreciation for their time and willingness. Compliment their office, directions, your respect for their achievements, etc. If this is your first interview,
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This note was uploaded on 07/26/2008 for the course BUSINESS Communicat taught by Professor Nadeensonokrot during the Spring '08 term at Aarhus Universitet.

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