So I just interviewed Mike, a police officer, over at my blog. Nikk was quick to criticize the interview, and without his further elaboration, I can take a few guesses at why.
For one thing, I’m not a “gotcha” interviewer. I’m interested in having an enjoyable conversation with someone that it hopefully entertaining enough for a reader to be able to follow along and not get bored. In essence, most of my interviews will probably be puff pieces.
Or I should say, they will be at first. Even a cursory reading of my first interview with Nikk will show that as the interview progresses, I’m willing to take a more adversarial stance and ask harder questions. I also cease to take a neutral stance as things move along. My interview with Nikk lasted hours, while my interview with Mike lasted just under 45 minutes.
But lucky for those who may have been turned off by the wishy-washy tone of the interview, I have a follow-up planned. This one will hopefully last a full hour and I also would like to pose some questions to Mike sent in by you, the SE readers and contributors.
If you ever wanted to ask an officer of the law anything, this is your chance. I haven’t used pre-meditated questions yet, but I like the idea, since I am sometimes at a loss for where to steer the interview and I end up asking oddball (see also: stupid and useless) questions. Post them in the comments and I promise that nearly any valid question suggested will be used in my next interview.