Interviewing somebody has always been something that I thought of as terrifying and exciting. It is also one of the big reasons that I wanted to become a journalist; I love getting to know people, I love asking them questions that can bring out so many different emotions in them, and I also love being in charge of a conversation. When I always thought of conducting an interview the only kind of interview that I pictured was a face-to-face, formal, interview. For some reason, it never really crossed my mind to think that interviews were conducted in other forms…until the day I was asked to do a phone interview.
When I was asked to do a phone interview, I was ecstatic! Although I do love the rush of actually sitting in front of somebody and being able to read their facial expressions and their body language, a phone interview brings about different challenges. Now, instead of having the luxury of actually seeing the person I was interviewing, I had to gauge how the questions made him feel and whether or not he was being genuine just from the tone of his voice and the things that he said. After the excitement of being able to do a big interview set in, I slowly became more and more nervous. The things that continuously went through my mind were much like this: What if the phone breaks up and I lose part of the interview? What if we just get disconnected and it’s completely over? Shit, what if I sound like a dude?!
Like any interviewer, I did a lot of research about the person I was interviewing prior to my interview. Usually, that part doesn’t intimidate me but for some reason, this time it very much did. This guy had done so many things, this guy knew and had worked with so many awesome people, why in the world would he actually take time to sit and talk to a schmo like me?!
Well, when the day finally came for me to sit down and have my phone interview, I didn’t know whether to be primarily nervous or excited. On days when I interview, I am used to spending a ridiculous amount of time picking out clothing, doing my hair, and making sure I look as personable but as professional as I can. This time, I didn’t have that to worry about; I just came home, set up my computer and recording device, and waited patiently by the phone.
When I was finally patched through to Tim Pocock, and I heard his friendly voice, I was instantly put at ease. It was so difficult for me to understand that he was actually a person and that we were going to just chat on the phone like friends for a little while. Once that thought really sunk in, the interview was great! I had a blast asking the questions, hearing more and more about his life, and even joking around a bit!
As you can see, it’s extremely easy to psych yourself out (especially for me) when you have no reason to. Doing the phone interview with Tim Pocock was something that I really learned a lot from and something that was really valuable for me. Needless to say, I cannot wait to do another phone interview, lose the worrying, and have the most fun that I can with it!
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Until next time,
- Arielle Ozery