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Well this is an image that is burned in my brain, if you want to be a good interviewer you need to approach this from the idea of being a good lover. The first speaker today Warren Ethridge is talking about being the best at interviewing and how the art of the interview is very important for people who are doing interviews for blogs. This is one of those things that depend on your perspective.
- You must get their attention right away
- Win their trust
- Earn their respect
Three rules for getting and carrying on the best interview you can get from people. Interesting list but it also depends on how the interviewer decides that they want to go about doing the interview process. Realistically I will rarely do a direct interview, I really do prefer to work from the public record because one of the things I have learned from the interview process (especially with the Boom and Bust in the Blogosphere book) is that when you are interviewing someone they really want to control the message.
This is one of the reasons that I really do not want to do interviews. What makes this more interesting (and again, I have been vested in this personally, and seen the outcome of a negative interview) is that there are times when you can mix the public record and the interview. But then those are rare as the message controlling behavior is geared towards minimizing the bad information and spinning the information only towards the positive. This makes for a narrow small interview where the interviewer cannot get a well rounded document to post.
Interesting if this is your way of doing blogging or talking to people, I am really a huge fan of the public record, because you get a well rounded viewpoint into people. Not that I am against interviews totally, but I can flip the three rules for a perfect interview and for the interviewer they should:
- Pay attention to what is being said
- You must trust the person you are interviewing
- You must respect the person you are interviewing
In all interesting for a start of Gnomedex.
(Cross-posted @ TechWag)