Hello again :)

I hope you are having a great day so far.
I figured out this article may be the right tool to introduce myself as I told you yesterday. So here we go: nice to meet you, my name is Marie and I am a 20-year-old fashion specialist living in the south of France.

In this article, I wanted to share with you some very useful tips I have gained through my experience as a Fashion Columnist for an independent online magazine led by amazing Gen-Z individuals. I will give advice for fashion interviews in particular, but it applies to regular interviews as well!

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1. Contact your interviewee

Whether it's by call, message, or e-mail, you will have to reach out to the person you want to interview. To start with, you have to introduce yourself. Tell them your name, your title, and the magazine/organization you're associated with. Then you will tell them what your article/interview will be about, and why you wanted to interview them in particular. After that, if their response is positive, you can schedule a time for the interview (by phone call, Zoom call, or in-person meeting for example). Confirm the date in advance and set reminders (1 or 2 days before the D-day).

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Marie's Tip: Make sure you pay attention to time zones if you're planning on interviewing someone that doesn't live in your country.

2. Starting the interview

You will have to greet them (obviously, we're well-mannered here). Remind them clearly but shortly about your name, title, and magazine/organization. You can take the time to thank them for being here!
If the interview is live, or through video call, you can ask them if they allow you to record, so you won't be worried about writing things down. It'll be way easier for you to include direct quotes for your article as well!

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Marie's Tip: If you're hesitant to start, you can use a phrase like this one: « let’s get started, so we can finish by 2 pm».

3. General sample questions

You can start by asking them to introduce themselves, for people who don't know who they are. I've been using this one in every one of my interviews and I think it's a great way to start the conversation as a casual discussion.

Here are some general sample questions, along with questions that will get your interview going if you're stuck :

- How long have you been doing this?
- What did you want to be when you were a kid?
- Do you have any stories that illustrate that point?
- How has your product/service changed over the years?
- What have been some of your biggest challenges? Successes?
- If you could, what one piece of advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your journey?

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Marie's Tip: Ask questions in link to their responses, to sound natural. Keep in mind that the interview is a conversation. Act like you're meeting a stranger and you want to befriend them! Steer back the interviewee if it goes off on a tangent.

4. Fashion sample questions :

- Why did you choose fashion (it could also be modeling, photography, design) as a career?
- What do you love about being a model (or a photographer, etc)?
- Who and which things are your inspiration?
- What is fashion for you? (this one is a deep question. I love how diverse and interesting the answers have been amongst my interviewees)
- How would you define your personal style?

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Marie's Tips: Don't be afraid to ask questions about their personal background or history. You can also ask questions regarding society and culture. They will make you understand if they're uncomfortable (if so, change the subject) but most of the time, they want to bring their own vision to the world, so they will happily share their opinion!

5. Finishing the interview

Make sure to thank them afterward. You can use this kind of sentence :
« that is everything I need for my article. Thank you so much for your time!». You can also ask the interviewee if they want to read an early draft of your writing (only if appropriate) so they can review your work before it’s made public. If not, they will greatly appreciate it if you send a copy of the final article as soon as it's published, because they won't reach out to you to ask you when it's done (most of them forget!).

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Marie's (final) Tips: You should be talking 10-20 % of the time at most. Don’t talk too much, and listen hard.

I hope you liked my article and you found it useful. Have a wonderful day!

Marie.

You can take a look at my fashion collection :)