You’ve landed a TV or video interview. Great! Let’s talk about getting the most out of this opportunity. That means being prepared. Here are some of the things you can do to ensure the experience is both rewarding and enjoyable.
Watch the show. Catch
several episodes of the program you’re appearing on to get a sense of the
camera work, questions and its general feel..
It’s visual. Unlike
with radio, when you have video interview, you need to be concerned about your
appearance. Sit up straight. Your face matters to the audience. Use makeup to
conceal certain features and accent others.
Sleep well. Getting
a good night’s sleep with prevent your eyes from being bloodshot and keep those
pesky bags away.
Dress the part. Make
sure your clothes don’t distract from your message and convey the proper
message. In general, dark colors are best and avoid white if possible. Make
sure your outfit has a convenient location to pin a microphone.
Project confidence. Make
sure you sit or stand up straight. However, do sit naturally to avoid looking
rigid and uncomfortable.
techniques. Keep track of your important points on fingers and talk
naturally with your hands.
Mind the camera. Be
careful of blinking too much or darting your eyes… close-ups will exaggerate
these movements. Do not look at the
camera when answering an interviewer’s question. Maintain the appearance of a
conversation. The audience is observing.
approach. If you need to be firm or even aggressive with someone you’re
talking to, be sure to balance any negative perceptions with a smile.
Use props. If you
have visuals that will support or clarify your position, be sure to include
Pay attention to the
host. Watch the host’s body language for cues when transitions are coming.