The Art of the Interview

 

The Art of the Interview

 

Class Description

Doing an interview is much more than just asking a bunch of questions and listening to the answers. A great interviewer puts in hours of preparation and research to learn as much as they can about the interviewee. They know how to ask the right follow-up questions to keep the conversation going, and they know when to dive deeper into the most promising aspects of a story.

Journalist, documentarian, and sound artist Tania Ketenjian will help you discover, analyze, and be deeply inspired by the art of the interview. She’ll go over each step of the process, from pre-interview prep to conducting the interview to editing the finished product. By the end, you’ll get over your fears and be able to walk into any interview with poise and confidence.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Choose the right interviewees and book them.
  • Conduct research and prepare a solid list of questions.
  • Structure your interview but be open to digressions.
  • Listen effectively and ask the right follow-up questions.
  • Be flexible enough to allow for serendipitous magic.
  • Get your interview back on track when it goes wrong.
  • Edit your interview so it’s coherent, engaging, and fluid.

Reviews

Michelle MartinF
 

Tania's passion for pulling stories from people is palpable. She played snippets of audio stories, which she then used to point out what kinds of questions may have elicited such poignant moments. What a useful way to improve my own interview skills!