Hi Chad, I can emphasize with your post having been in the same position but under different circumstances. For me, it was never a satisfying process and invariably the interviewer took liberties with my remarks, on one occasion leaving clean up work for others. Based on my experience the keys for getting through these situations are preparation and self-awareness during the interview. Preparation includes brainstorming the litany of questions that you might be asked, looking for potential traps or inconsistencies, and being prepared to respond. Preparation also includes having a well-developed set of messages and proof points that you can use, and reduce the risk from adlibbing. During the interview you need to be aware of your body language and choice of words. I never experienced a hostile interview in real life but did in training. One of the things I learned was to watch your head movements. There's a naturally tendency to nod as part of active listening. A tactic interviewers might use is to get you to tacitly agree to something that you don't necessarily agree with through one's unconscious nodding.
Mitch, I suggest your advice above be made part of ASCE's resources and made available to all of ASCE ASAP. A well-respected expertin such matters is Jim Lukaszewski (see selected resources below).
Two pieces of advice I would add to yours above:
Check out the resources noted below.
Saying & Doing the Right Thing When It Matters Most 
It's a tricky thing dealing with media. On the one hand, one likes or may even need to get media attention when an innovative product or service – requires publicity to get across to the member of the public. That's why industries and organizations open booths in conference premises – and why all major organizations have a public relation office. On the other, one needs to be tight-lipped with all-out-efforts to avoid media attention – especially when dealing with projects of confidential or controversial nature. With that, here are some of my experiences with media.
As a characterization of the three cases (similar cases could happen anywhere), the first is the case where media mostly looks for things of sensational or highly public-interest matters – and if one wants to share such matters with the press – it is all fair and square – but then the press needs help to write on specialized topics. The second experience makes one question the honesty of the press – they, with their mouthpiece on hand and skill, tend to pamper those in power in order to get favor. The third is simple – that one should try to avoid press, because they can distort facts and mislead public in favor of things they think will catch public attention (it only needs a click, for them to claim that their news got attention, although the clicker may not have read it) – therefore assuring high rating to attract more advertisement dollar$.
------------------------------Dr. Dilip Barua, Ph.D, P.Eng, M. ASCEVancouver, BC, Canadahttps://widecanvas.weebly.com------------------------------
Hi Bill,ASCE has a Public Relations University program. It is something all members can sign up for and is a great tool for teaching members about ASCE's role in the media and how best to interact with the media in all scenarios. We also have a Media Protocol, which is attached here, that is important for members to follow. By looping ASCE in, we can help mitigate some of the concerns members have with speaking to the press. Obviously there are scenarios where reporters ask unsuspected questions regardless of whether or not ASCE helped coordinate, but the combination of this protocol and understanding how to approach tough questions from our PR University would arm members with the means to navigate those scenarios effectively.
Further to the discussions on this topic – a pertinent question may often come to one's mind on media ethics. This is because – as engineers like doctors and lawyers – we are a highly regulated of profession on ethical standards. The media industries and journalism, on the other hand are self-regulated – in part because of the Freedom of the Press Act. We see glimpses of how self-regulation works – as we often hear about left or right media – or discrepancies of reporting of the same event by different outlets.
There is a good overview of the issues in Media Ethics_Wiki. I have also attached a European guide on how self-regulated media ethics must work.
You just haven't had the bad experiences I have had – yet!
Thanks, Jim Foley(408) 777-9917www.jimfoley.com
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