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Jane Hutcheon

broadcaster/journalist/author

12 Sep
2018

What Are the Characteristics of the Best Interviewers? FAQ

Jane Hutcheon

What are the characteristics of the best interviewers?

Well, I haven't made a formal study of this, but here are some characteristics which come to mind:

  • a warm, engaging personality
  • curiousity
  • listens more than talks
  • patient
  • empathetic

The BBC tackled this question quite a while ago. You may like to read this (click on photo):

However, the king of interview shows, Michael Parkinson, doesn't approve of celebrity talk show hosts:

What do I think of celebrity hosts?  If they can hold a decent conversation, what's the problem?  There's plenty of room for a variety of interview styles.

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