20 Interviewing tips

For details, see Tim Harrower's Inside Reporting, page 79

Harrower provides a few paragraphs on what to do before (Prepare, organize, prioritize...) and after (say thank you, make follow-up arrangements, etc.), but the meat of the page is a bulleted list of things to do during an interview. 

In the book, most of these headings are followed by details and explanations. As you read them, notice the tension between some of these tips. (For example, "You're in charge," but "Don't interrupt.")

Also notice that some might be difficult in a live or live-on-tape broadcast interview. Have you noticed Charlie Rose or other broadcast interviewers using any of these techniques?  Can you fill in Harrower's details? For example, what are the "three best" follow-up questions he suggests?

Note: Those three best follow-up questions, according to Harrower, are:

  1. How do you know that?
  2. Can you give me an example?
  3. And...?