‘Complete’ is not a word well applied to human conversations

One of the most common sentiments I hear from people who have recently been interviewed is, “Oh, I wish I had said…”

And one of the most common sentiments I feel after listening back to an interview I have conducted is, “Oh, I wish I had asked…”

It strikes me that formal interviews are no different than informal conversations in the sense that their ‘completeness’ is an arbitrary definition. How can we ever say a conversation is ‘done?’ How do we know there was nothing more to be said, uncovered, or explored?

Conversations don’t ‘end’ in any absolute sense. They are just temporarily punctuated by the silence of distance until we reconvene.

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