Surviving an On Camera Interview Wordtrail #32
Surviving an On Camera Interview
I am both relieved and slightly dismayed having just finished watching my on camera interview for Shaw Cable Vision which aired on June 20/ 2014. Interview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mYE3VY2jyQ
Some of the things that concerned me were that I need to look at the camera more and that I speak with my hands a lot!
In light of that interview, I’d like to offer some practical hints for those who are faced with their first on camera interview.
- Know your material well.
- Rehearse but do not memorize answers to questions that might be posed.
- Preview those questions if they are available. Of course, this won’t work if the interviewer has an off-the-cuff or freewheeling style.
- Dress plainly…no prints or excessive jewelry as these tend to detract from your face.
- Ladies wear some make up. Too much make up will give you a hard appearance but too little will wash you out.
- Breathe and talk at a moderate pace when on camera.
- Hold on to something (like your book) to prevent excessive hand gestures and twisting rings and bracelets.
- Smile and be yourself.
Thanks to John McKenzie of Shaw Cable Vision for doing such a good job of editing out most of my mistakes.