>Let’s Talk InterviewsPosted: July 20, 2006
No new comments yet, as expected, so let me tell you about my interviews this week. Both were like herding cats. The first sweet lady couldn’t stay on track for more than 5 seconds at a time and kept writing quotes for me to use on a piece of binder paper while I was trying to ask her questions. She was very nice, but I looked at my notes and thought, how the heck am I going to get a story out of this? Let’s just say that for once I didn’t go over my word limit.
This morning’s interview was supposed to be a whole bunch of people who all work at the same place. Come at 8:30, before it gets busy, I was told. I dragged myself out of bed at 6, only to find just one person available to talk to and she was even sleepier than I was. Her answers ranged from incoherent to personal comments she made me promise not to write down. As people came in, they went straight to work, and I had to chase them around the building, juggling camera and notebook, trying to get just a few facts. I’m counting on the photos to carry that one.
Lately I have been interviewing people who work at various local businesses. Of the last four, three said they went to work there because they needed a job. No passion, no history in the field, just somebody who would hire them.
Thank God for the DJ who started his own garage radio station at age 12 on a walkie-talkie. There’s a man with a mission. He’s on the air from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., so I had to get up early for him, too, but it was worth it. At 8 a.m., he was fully charged and highly quotable. The story just about wrote itself.
If you have interview experiences you’d like to share, I’m listening.