How have you gone about picking your instructor? I have not seen discussion threads about picking an instructor. What are the typical interview questions I should be asking?
I want to make sure I "get along" with them, but beyond that, are there things I should be looking for? Credentials, certification etc.?
I am looking initially for a CCW class, and thought that I would be branching out from there... I may never get interested in competition (although I would love to see a "Practical Shooting" event), but you never know.
Instructors, what did you wish your students had asked?
The basic NRA orientation course is a good place to start. Usually the instructor, at least those at our range, have more involved classes available or can point you to a reputable instructor. For instance I teach a handgun self defense class for women and my students come from past student reccommendations and the range master as well as the fact that the S.O. lists my classes on their website. Get involved at a good range, especially one that rents guns and you will find your way. Be attentive and respectful and listen if you are going to learn, most basic tool. After some seasoning, try Front Sight or GunSight. Well worth the cost. Good luck and use your common sense to avoid an unqualified candidate. Your local IDPA is a great source of knowledge and training.
I've been asking around and I've met a few different guys doing training for CCW. I get along with them all and they are all "NC qualified" courses. I've got a couple recommendations that point in the same direction, so I know where I'm going to start!