Reading Studs Terkel on interviewing

What I bring to the interview is respect. The person recognizes that you respect them because you’re listening. Because you’re listening, they feel good about talking to you. When someone tells me a thing that happened, what do I feel inside? I want to get the story out. It’s for the person who reads it to have the feeling…. I like that. In most cases, the person I encounter is not a celebrity; rather the ordinary person. “Ordinary” is a word I loathe. It has a patronizing air. I have come across ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. 

How do I get people to say things they keep from others and even from themselves? Simple. It is my ineptitude, my slovenliness. The other, the ordinary person feels not only as good a being as I am; rather he feels somewhat superior. I have not come from 60 Minutes or Today. I have come, a hapless retardee in matters mechanical. I make it clear to the person that now and then I screw things up. I say I can’t drive a car. I punch the wrong button. I goof up. The other points out to me: Look, the reel isn’t moving, or the cassette seems to be stuck. Of course. At that moment, the other feels needed, by me.

The feeling of being needed may be the most important thing to any human, and especially to one who is regarded as no more than ordinary. In that way, there is empathy.

Adding insult to injury–employers use credit rating to make hiring decisions.

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I’m sorry, but one person does not make a group.

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