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How to Interview on PMC

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avatar Autumn Fyre
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Boring, factual, awkward, short, or ugly! Cliche, lame, hectic, long, or clumsy! If you’ve read the amateur interviews that dominate PMC, these are a few adjectives that might come to mind. Don’t get me wrong; interviewing is a hard thing to do, and getting advice for it is even harder. To help you out, I’ve compiled all the lessons I know. From my own experience and the advice of others, here’s a guide to make your interview easy, new, and interesting!
Starting by researching your subject prior to the interview. Not only will this prevent you from asking for answers to common knowledge, but it will give you an idea what mood to ask in (professional, casual, humorous). In other words, be a creepy stalker!



Starting off with small talk is never a bad idea. Though it is important to remain relevant, try not to stick to the questions like a quiz or survey. Feel free to chat about one subject before moving onto the next question. Most importantly, transition between topics, and keep your subject comfortable!



Amateurs tend to ask either too many questions or not enough; try to find the middle ground. You want to know more about the person without invading their privacy. Consider questions you might expect to be asked and avoid ones you wouldn’t want to answer. If you are uncertain whether or not a question is appropriate, play it safe and leave it out.



Keep your audience interested by starting off general and ending specific. Boring questions lead to a boring interview! No one is interested in dates and times (unless, of course, they are important for the person’s level of skill). Explore the questions fans want to know most, such as “How do you do it?!” Try asking for advice, inspiration, or experiences.



Graphics are the fail-proof way to making your interview engaging. Even if your content needs work, no one will care as much if you do a good job presenting it! Not very artistic? Try looking up other people’s methods. At the end, provide a link to your interviewee. :)



Summary:
Research your person beforehand. Start general and end specific. Transition between topics. Control interview length. Respect the person’s privacy. Use graphics!!



Questions For Getting Started
Here’s a collection of questions you could ask in an interview. These are for getting started, not for copy-pasting! You should be able to change them around a little or come up with your own (otherwise you’re a quiz-writing cheat). Although it isn’t necessary, it’s a good idea to have a main theme or focus for your interview.

Career
  • What motivates you? Passion or a hobby?
  • How would it be if you couldn’t ___ (skin, draw, moderate, etc)?
  • Is there a message you’re trying to get across?
  • What is most rewarding/makes you feel successful?
  • How long does it usually take? Any advice for people struggling with this?
  • Do you ever have those “ugh” moments?
  • Have you ever considered ____ (skinning, building, writing, etc)?
  • Maybe ask about a certain submission.
Personality
  • Favorite food, gamer, animal, movie, youtuber, music, etc?
  • Do you have any siblings (and what are they to you)?
  • Are you an introvert or extrovert?
  • Outside PMC, what are your hobbies?
  • Do you have any role models (or who inspires you)?
  • How do you like your balance of danger, adventure, and peace?
Minecraft
  • What do you like most about minecraft?
  • How do you like to play? Are you a “noob”?
  • How often do you play on average?
  • What would you add or remove from minecraft?
  • Scale of 1-10, how would you rate minecraft?
  • What is your favorite Minecraft version/update?
For Fun
  • Random and fun (eg, What three items would you want while stuck on an island?)
  • Have you ever been interviewed before?
  • Where did you get your ____ (username, style, etc)?
  • Do you "have a life"?
  • Mwahaha, any last words?
CreditI'm not going to pretend I'm a professional! My interviews still have a long way to go. ^u^
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  • SushiKay
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Dolphin
  • April 14, 2018, 7:43 am
This is really old, but still super helpful! xDD
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • April 14, 2018, 5:33 pm
Yay! XD
Great tips! :D


I don't interview, but I know some people that do :) I'm sure this is very helpful to everyone who interviews out there! <3
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • August 5, 2017, 1:41 pm
Thanks, fellow toast!

Looking crunchy today!
Interviews would be more interesting if I actually knew some of the people getting interviewed. Most of the times when I look in the interviews section, it's like "who are these people, Am I living under a rock, or are people just running out of members to interview?"
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 16, 2017, 6:30 pm
you live under a rock


lol jk I never know those peoples either
  • Xoyjaz
  • Level 63
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • June 7, 2017, 6:31 am
A good interview blog? What!? This is unheard of. I demand justice!
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 8, 2017, 5:39 pm
haha, I guess I'm forced to plead guilty! I'm just a scribe for the voices.
  • FEX___96
  • Level 74
  • Legendary Engineer
  • June 6, 2017, 5:52 am
Interesting art though.
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 8, 2017, 5:37 pm
haha, I'm going to take that as a compliment! Thank you very much.
Paril has abs, what alternate dimension is this??

yeah I see what you mean, most interviews with Jordanw5432 are repetitive and it makes you think that a bot is making a multiple accounts just to interview him again and again lol.
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 5, 2017, 9:13 am
haha one in which he has a life, I guess?

I wasn't sure if you meant Jordan's interviews or people's interviews of him, so I looked it up. He interviewed 48 people, and the questions he asked are all exactly the same. He's also been interviewed 18 times just since last year...
Been interviewed, most of em are repetitive
  • Niji
  • Level 24
  • Expert Skinner
  • June 4, 2017, 8:04 pm
Interviews seem so scary for me because of anxiety ;-; but this helped :3
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 5, 2017, 9:19 am
Yeah, anxiety sucks. I'm glad it helped though <3
  • LimeeFox
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Fox
  • June 3, 2017, 11:22 pm
Really nice blog :D awesome art. Catch my diamond!
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 4, 2017, 12:11 pm
Thanks! :D

Oops... I missed it and it fell over that cliff...
Ayy, this reminds me of a very similar blog I did back in the day. Very good job!
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 3, 2017, 6:26 pm
Suddenly I have the strong desire to page through your submissions...
and thank you :3
Do it, there's lots of interesting stuff lol

You're welcome! :)
  • CHorse
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Fish
  • June 3, 2017, 2:48 pm
This would probably be useful if I actually did interviews . . .
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 3, 2017, 2:50 pm
haha :D Would you like to?
  • CHorse
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Fish
  • June 3, 2017, 3:12 pm
I dunno. Never actually done one, nor have I read any at all; so not entirely sure if that'd be a good idea or not.
  • Autumn Fyre
  • Level 25
  • Expert Musician
  • June 3, 2017, 6:26 pm
*malicious laughter* Not what I meant.
How would you like to be interviewed?
  • CHorse
  • Level 35
  • Artisan Fish
  • June 4, 2017, 3:27 am
Sure. Just don't be a creepy stalker on me . .. . cuz dat's creepy.

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