Final Expert Interview

The first thing I learned about my final interview is…

that databases are a difficult subject to make interesting.

One evening, Sami was explaining his work with databases to me. I soon I found myself sitting with him for an hour learning about the technological significance of databases in the business and online. I became interested in the topic and asked him to be my expert a few days later. Then, as I told my friends what the interview was about, I started seeing a few contorted faces. It then hit me, the hows of online are boring. Realizing this just a tad too late, I tried my best, but recognized that this would be a difficult topic to make relatable.

Unless you’re in the world of IT, it is a dense and complex subject to relay. As a viewer, you have to have some understanding of computer programming to understand all of the terms. Because I was aware that the viewer is not experienced in this field, I felt somewhat constrained by what I could ask in order to keep it basic enough for the audience. Had my audience been an IT crew, I would have asked different questions.

The conversation itself went fairly smoothly, but at the end you can see where I lose control. I didn’t keep it in the full, but at the very end of it all, Morgan had not stopped recording yet and the first thing I blurt is, “I lost control! I really get what that means now.” This could partly be because I have this horrible habit of wanting to ask whatever comes to mind. This obviously works well for coffee, but certainly not for Good Morning America. Fortunately for our interviews so far, I have been able to talk to individuals about their personal lives. This is topic I typically dig into naturally. However, this time I had to talk about a more specific and removed topic, which felt very unnatural to me. It was difficult to balance information with emotion. Usually, I can zero in on the emotional aspect of an interview and feel out my interviewee. I found that I floundered a bit more when I didn’t have this natural tendency to fall back on. All in all, I’m not sure preparation could have fixed this, but if I were to practice a more apathetic approach, I might (eventually) struggle less with this style of interview.

Although I was happy with the interview, it was certainly a learning experience and definitely the most difficult interview I have ever conducted.