- Identify potential interview subjects
- Parents and relatives, their business associates and
friends; business course instructors; your own employers or co-workers.
- Prepare questions
- Identify the goals of the interview. What do you want
to discover? Refer to Interview Worksheet--review
questions. Jot down others based on what you already know about the person
you are interviewing.
- Prepare equipment
- Tape recorder, two hours of blank tape, camera, flashes,
fresh batteries, notebook, pen or pencil. Make sure equipment works.
- Spend at least ten minutes rehearsing what you will say;
work with other students. If some class members have previously conducted
interviews (for the school newspaper, for example), ask them for advice.
- Make arrangements
- Call or write potential subjects to ask for an hour for
the interview. Set a specific time and place; confirm the appointment on
the preceding day. Be on time.
- Extend thanks
- Thank family members and friends who agreed to be interviewed
at the close of the interview. Send a brief thank-you note for their time
and information to other people interviewed.