How can I avoid some rookie mistakes?
September 1, 2011 2:17 AM Subscribe
Any non-obvious tips for conducting a successful interview? I'm looking for perspectives both in general and also considering my situation.
posted by WhitenoisE to human relations (3 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Over the next year I may have the opportunity to interview at least one tribal leader as part of an academic project. I am prepared for this to be difficult in more ways than one. Outsiders are understandably often targets for venting frustration. I am a young student and I look even younger than my age. I worry that it may be challenging to get the people I'm interviewing to take me seriously. I am not socially inept but I would not consider myself especially gifted either.
My performance will reflect on the reputation of my wonderfully accommodating professor who made these contacts possible. I'll need to tread the thin line between being highly respectful / making a positive impression and asking hard-hitting, meaningful questions. I'm not out to waste anybody's time: not my professor, the person I'm interviewing, nor my own.