Interviewing The City Manager

Craig F. Walker/ Globe Staff/ File 2015

Craig F. Walker/ Globe Staff/ File 2015

The interviewing process that we go through during our program is very long. First, we have to do several practice interviews with our coworkers to prepare ourselves. Then, we choose our interviewees from a list our supervisors give to us based on our topic. I chose Richard Rossi. After that we email them, and if they respond, we arrange a time and place to meet. For that, I chose one of the reading rooms at the Cambridge Public Library. The man I chose to interview was Richard Rossi, a long time employee of the city and the recently retired city manager. He had a lot to say and I found it all very interesting. One thing, however, stuck with me. He said that we need to be respectful in government and that if we aren’t respectful we don’t get anywhere. In today’s society, it’s even more important to remember the words of Michelle Obama, “When they go low, we go high.” This long hard interviewing process taught me that we need to value the input of other people. And pay closer attention when learning to use the audio recorder!

-Ezra