Before the Interview Identify interview subject. Contact the interview subject, introduct yourself, explain the purpose of the interview, time commitment and seek approval for the interview. If unsuccessful, try again. Research the interview subject ahead of time for basic information, including historical events in the region that might have influenced the movements of people. This will help you tailor your questions. Define the scope of the interview and prepare the questions.
Asian American: What to Say and Not to Say in an Interview
What exactly is an amiable irritant? That phrase is from Philip Roth. I think he developed it under circumstances that are similar to mine in the sense that he had identities assigned to him by society which he found very irritating. I know that these irritants help me over come other anti- writing feelings such as, general sloth, embarrassment, whatever, a desire to make a living. But yeah, for me growing up Asian American, having been a child of immigrant parents-- all of that difficulty did serve as a kind of amiable irritant, the grain of sand that hopefully produces the pearl. I'm not even sure that I would have been a writer.
What to Say and Not to Say in an Interview For a heavily-recruited candidate with brilliant credentials, an interview is a chance to enhance your value in the eyes of your prospective employer. For most applicants, the interview is a chance to pull ahead of the pack by putting the best possible face on your qualifications. In either case, the success of the interview turns on knowing what to say and — even more importantly — what not to say.