Presidential Candidate Oral Interviews
By: Mumtahina Tajrian
1. Name of the candidate you chose: Scott Smith
2. Political affiliation of the candidate your chose: Independent Candidate
3. How do you think the personal background or work experience of the candidate could help them be a good president?
Smith cofounded many companies including technology and agriculture. He has many private equities. After observing these aspects, I believe he has a good sense of leadership skills, and is a hardworker-- both important to becoming a good president.
4. What issues are important to the candidate, or what goals do you think the candidate would have for the country if they were to become the president?
He wants to improve our economy so that everyone prospers. Smith also believes in eliminating income taxes altogether.
5. Do you think the interviewer did a good job in his role (i.e. being prepared, making the interviewee comfortable, asking good questions)? What gave you that impression?
The interviewer began by asking questions about Smith, things he could be comfortable with such as his life at home, and favorite foods. Then came the important questions regarding presidency. I think the questions were bold, interesting questions that were well thought out before the interview. Everything was organized well, and every opinion was heard.
6. Political candidates need to decide how they’re going to spend their time. That includes choosing which members of the press they’re willing to conduct interviews with. What good things could come from doing an interview like the one you listened to? What bad things could come from doing the interview?
Interviews are not like debates, where people are looking for your every mistake. The interview I heard seemed like a good way to have the public see the real you. The public knows what you stand for, and gets to know you better as a person. Since the interview is coming from you, and not what the media thinks of you, it is a better way to be noticed. However, if you are not ready for an interview before it begins, and you give uneducated answers based wholly on your opinion, the interview will be a failure. Also, if you are the type of person who is not patient and gives answers before the question is over, people might think of you as the agressive type.
7. If you were Mrs. Young’s media consultant, would you advise her to do an interview with this organization, knowing that the audio file of the interview would be online for everyone to listen to? Why or why not?
I think this would be a good way for Mrs. Young to be noticed as a candidate. The interview was well organized, clear, and a good way for a boost higher in the world of politicians. However, this particular interview seemed as if it lacked popularity, not many people have listened to it. I’d suggest starting with this one, and finding others so that Mrs. Young’s opinions and decisions could be known everywhere.
8. Do you think you would be a good reporter, conducting interviews with people? Why or why not?
I think I would be a good interviewer because I’m naturally curious about everything, and I’m also interested in politics, so I’d have a lot of significant questions.
9. Do you think you would be a good candidate, talking and listening to different types of people? Why or why not?
I think being a candidate is harder than being an interviewer because people are going to be judging you about everything you say. I’d be moderately good for the role of the candidate in my opinion. I’d be good at answering, but sometimes, I say things that are not exactly the best thing to say in that moment.