Introduction to Interviews

A job candidate sits for a job interview with two interviewers.

They may not seem like public speech, but interviews demand nearly all the skills we cover in this course.

Because of their conversational form, interviews might not feel like public speaking, but they actually require many of the skills and habits of mind taught throughout this course. As we’ll see in this section, interviews require careful preparation, purposeful communication, and polished delivery. Whether you’re interviewing someone else to inform yourself about a new career or being interviewed for a new job, these structured conversations will call on all your research skills and presentation strategies.