Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, contests and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Shut the hell up: A beginner’s guide to interviewing

Ready to nail your first interview? Here are pro tips to get you started.

A beginner's guide to interviewing

Frank Deford, the exceptional Sports Illustrated feature writer, once observed that interviewing is “two people on a high school date, and it’s not just the reporter doing the flirting.”

Like high school, Deford’s advice is fraught with hidden complications. I could spend a series of columns detailing how to conduct a proper interview. It takes a long time to become halfway competent, because there is always more to learn. That is why I talked to Will Harris, who regularly interviews celebrities for high-profile outlets such as The A.V. Club and Vulture.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a member of The Writer to access our first-rate articles on getting published, resources for writers of all genres, and quarterly webinars hosted by experts in the field.