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A questioning quandary

Hmm… a quandary. I’ve been wrestling for the last few days with a set of interview questions, specifically a set of zero size.

I’ve got a shot at questioning a company executive – goal: format that into an interview – but one who is something of a cipher. So I’ve been going around and around in circles trying to figure out what to even ask.

If it was something where we both had a chance to talk over a couple dozen scotches, that would be easier. I could get a sense of the person and he could ask why I always seem to be such a meanie… or you know, whatever.

Instead (and this is the common case with interviews in my experience), I probably only have one round to actually shoot some questions off, then get some answers back. All the while, I hope that their PR and Legal people don’t polish off any useful or interesting nubs that might have protruded, leaving a bland and uniform sheen that won’t ultimately interest editors or readers.

It’s a pity, because it’s someone where I’d like to get and convey a sense of the person, rather than firing off a bunch of questions into the dark – based off of some sort of cryptic agenda that I don’t really have – and hoping for the best.

And all this while trying not to sound like the questions are along the lines of “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?” because that just isn’t where I’m coming from.

This sort of thing crops up now and again, and I’m still trying to figure out how to make it work best. Usually, though, I’ve got some better sense of the personality to start with. I’m not really asking for suggestions here since I can’t really ID the person at this stage. I’m mostly just trying to get my thoughts in order.

Maybe a walk will clear my head some and inspiration will strike. That’s not really the way to bet, but hope springs eternal and all of that, right?

Categories: Opinion, Writing.

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