So I'm about to leave for my interview on Fox and I'm no longer concerned about what I'll wear. The real fear is what I'll say! Not what I'll say during the interview, exactly, but what I'll say at the end of the interview. I absolutely hate it when an interviewer concludes an interview by saying "Thank you for joining us today" and the interviewee responds by saying, "Thank you." Why do people reply to someone saying thank you by thanking the person in return?
"Doug Gordon, thanks for coming on to talk with us today."
"No, thank you."
"Well, you're the one who left your home to come to our studio, so thank you for making the trip."
"Thank you for having me."
"Thanks for being here."
"No, I mean it. Thank you."
"And I mean it, too. Thank you."
"Just shut up already and accept our thanks."
"I have. And I want to thank you for thanking me."
And on and on...
I remember reading Daniel Radosh's thoughts on the subject and agreeing with his desire to "shake things up" for his NPR interview. At the very least I'd like to not simply say thanks in return. I'm thinking some variation of "It was my pleasure," "Glad to be here," or, depending on the path the interview takes, "George Bush doesn't care about black people." Any suggestions?
Update 12:14 PM: Thanks to Daniel for the link love.Posted by Doug at November 7, 2005 08:53 AM