INTERVIEW TIPS

Wondering who you should interview while doing research for your video? Let us help you.

Nervous, or unsure about how to interview a forestry professional? Here are some things to consider:

BEFORE

  • Introduce yourself to your prospective interviewee by sharing who you are.
     

  • In your initial contact, explain the purpose of the interview and how you will use the information provided. Tell them that you want to know about their job, so you can make a video for the Thru the Trees contest. Explain that your video will highlight why their job is exciting and important.
     

  • If the person agrees to an interview, set a time and place for the interview and let the interviewee know how long you expect the interview to take. Be mindful of the person’s time, and try to keep the interview around 30 to 45 minutes.
     

  • Before the interview, prepare the questions you will ask in advance.  Write them down, leaving space to fill in the answers.  Consider what information you want to know to produce the best video about the career you are exploring.

  • Develop questions that are open-ended so you can draw out information about their job, such as:

    • Why do you like your job?

    • What skills and experiences do you need to perform your job?

    • Do you have any fun stories to share about your work?

    • What is the best part about your job?

    • What is a normal day like for you?

    • What kind of education do you need to be successful?

    • Why do you think your job is important?

 

DURING

  • Introduce yourself.
     

  • Restate the purpose of the interview and how you will use the information provided.
     

  • Take notes to remember specific details.
     

  • Be courteous and grateful.

    • Make eye contact.

    • Listen.

    • Be curious and ask follow-up questions.

    • Don’t interrupt.

    • Say “thank you.”
       

  • Ask if you can follow-up with additional questions later (just in case!).

 

AFTER

  • Send a thank you note.
     

  • Review your notes to determine if you need more information.
     

  • Use the interview to inform your film!