I’m working on some of the final chapters of my book about interviewing and am interested in the ways that people have developed their own skills as an interviewer. I’ll list a few but this list can only get better with your input.
- Practice, man, practice. It’s how you get to Carnegie Hall and it’s how you get better at interviewing.
- Create your own practice occasions: that chatty seat mate on an airplane, the extroverted cashier – ask them a question and then ask them a follow up questions!
- Reflect, just like a football coach who reviews the game films; watch your videos, read your transcripts, and look at what worked well and what you might have improved
- Be interviewed whether it’s for a survey or a usability study or a poll, experience the interview from the other side of the lens
- Critique the interviews of others (without resorting to your just-got-your-drivers’-license-know-it-all we all were at 16)
- Observe others at work including great interviewers and poor interviewers – this can be in your work context, or in the media (Marc Maron, Charlie Rose, Terry Gross, and others)
- Collect war stories (more on this coming very soon)
- Try improv
That’s my starter list, but what have you done to get better as an interviewer?