3 tips to prepare yourself for an on camera interview
1. Don’t over think your subject
By over preparing I mean writing paragraph after paragraph of text about your subject and trying to remember it. Unless you’re an actor whose used to learning lines, you are likely to fumble over what you are trying to say and get flustered, thus making you fumble even more – and so the cycle continues!
What should you do instead? Prepare some talking points – it is certainly important to be clear on the points you want to make, but you should trust that you know enough about the subject to be able to speak confidently on the subject from just a few bullet points. Talk to your colleagues about the best things to talk about in order to get the most effective content from your interview.
2. Talk to the interviewer before the interview takes place
By discussing the key points of the interview in advance the interviewer will know exactly how to guide you to talking about the right things in an understandable and concise way. A good interviewer will be able to help you give your answers in a conversational manner but ensuring the key points are met.
3. Don’t worry if you make a mistake
The magic of editing allows us to pick the best bits from the interview allowing us to string together sentences in a way that makes them sound natural and flowing, so having gaps to think about what you want to say and regain your thoughts is completely fine and a normal thing to do!