By: Cole Maines
For my interview with AD Summerfield I first wrote the questions and did a little bit research so I had a little bit of background and can hold the conversation. I then established contact with an email and included an interview request. The key for the interview request is to give a day option with your preferred time frame (like “Friday morning,” or “Tuesday afternoon”) and they can give you an exact time to make it to. If they can’t do that day or time frame then they usually respond with a day and an exact time and you can see if you can make it there. But that is just a tip.
I decided to interview AD Summerfield because I felt like she was the most qualified person to give her insight into my article. It also gave my article a certain level of authority with a professionals’ expertise. One of the challenges that came up during my interview was I forgot my notebook with the questions in it, so I just had to go off the top of my head (🤦♂️). I started the first couple questions with “Soooooo… Uhhhhhmmmm…,” but then as I got more comfortable and I started building questions off of the conversation, it was much better. I made sure to send a follow up email with a thank you and a couple questions that I forgot and it was a great conversation and interview all in all.