If you have a date for an interview, you’re probably
so nervous your pores are pouring—water, that is. The nervousness is inevitable for anyone new to the game of interviewing
and I’m not sure it ever goes away.
Of course you’ve read and absorbed the usual
advice: learn about your subject beforehand so you don’t have to waste his time (and yours) asking about date of birth,
location of his childhood exploits, when he first did whatever, and it goes on and on. But here are some questions that might
be handy if things start to slow down:
If you’re interviewing a professional about his
the dumbest decision you ever made?
lessons have you learned from a mistake or error in judgment?
traits do you admire in other people?
makes you happy?
personal sacrifices have you made to stay at the top of your profession?
historical figures do you most admire?
do you deal with pressure?
do you hope to accomplish in the next ___ years?
That’s just a few. Now think up some of your
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