A player is put in front of the assembled scribes, some early pleasantries are exchanged and a couple of relatively mundane questions are tossed in to get the subject limbered up before you go in for a juicy titbit.
Then again, you can always adopt the crash, bang, wallop technique of diving straight in. Ruaridh Jackson had barely parked his posterior in the hot seat of the Scotstoun media room when he was hit with an opening salvo.
"They said heads would roll after the Toulon defeat so are you surprised yours is still on?" asked one inquisitor in reference to Glasgow Warriors' 51-28 defeat to the reigning European champions in the opening match of the Heineken Cup last weekend.
"Well, that's a nice easy one to start with," spluttered Jackson before gathering his thoughts and composing himself.
In the days that have passed since that game of two halves in the south of France - Glasgow were pummelled in the first half but salvaged a bonus point with a four-try rally in the second period - there has been feverish analysis of just what went wrong. Thank goodness, then, that there is another pool match today and an opportunity to move forward and get the campaign well and truly up and running against the Exeter Chiefs.
"You'd expect a few changes in the team after last weekend but thankfully I've managed to stay in the mix," said stand-off Jackson as he mulled over the eight changes that head coach Gregor Townsend has made to the starting XV for this afternoon's vital home encounter with the flourishing Devon outfit.
"We were blown away in that first half. They [Toulon] came out slightly differently to what we perhaps expected and caught us by surprise. We didn't sort it out quickly enough and the players have to take responsibility for that. Has there been too much looking back? Maybe, but, as players, we did our own analysis and we put it to bed pretty quickly. We've moved on and we have to because we have to be focused on Exeter. It's going to be a huge match."
It should be a highly entertaining one too. Exeter's qualities and their ambitious, powerful and inventive approach have earned numerous plaudits. Glasgow are just desperate to earn maximum points, though.
"It's not going to be easy against an extremely tough and on-form team," Jackson said. "They have really improved over the years. They perhaps don't play the traditional English way. They are extremely attack- minded and they run the ball from just about everywhere. We will have to be on the ball and clued in defensively."
One key change to Townsend's line-up is the addition of Gabriel Ascarate, who will make his home debut for the Warriors. They have got used to Argentine aces making waves in this neck of the woods in recent seasons.
Bernardo Stortoni was a highly popular and effective full-back during his time with Glasgow and was described by former Warriors coach Sean Lineen as the "heartbeat of the team". Jackson hopes Ascarate, a dynamic 25-year-old centre, can follow in the footsteps of his countryman.
"He's an exciting player and brings something different to the team," Jackson said. "He's got some real flair and has great hands and feet. Hopefully the Glasgow weather will be dry enough and he can show that. We've had a couple of Argentine legends at Glasgow and I'm sure Gabriel will want to make his mark."
The games are coming thick and fast for Jackson. After today's "must win" match with Exeter, the Warriors will look to maintain their 100% record in the RaboDirect PRO 12 series when Munster come to Scotstoun on Friday night.
On the international stage, the autumn Tests against Japan, South Africa and Australia are looming. There is plenty to play for, but Jackson is a man who prefers to live in the moment and focus on the present.
"I've not really thought about the autumn Tests at all," said the Scotland international. "It will be there, somewhere in the back of my mind but my focus is purely on Glasgow just now. If I perform for them, then hopefully the Scotland situation will look after itself.
"We have two very tough matches coming up, against Exeter and Munster. It's quite a quick turnaround and it certainly doesn't get any easier. We just need to make sure we get ourselves up and running on Sunday."