Preparing for an on-camera interview is important to ensure that you come across as confident, knowledgeable, and professional. Here are some tips to help you prepare:
- Research the topic: Before the interview, research the topic that you will be discussing. This will help you to be more informed and to answer questions more confidently and be more knowledgable in the subject matter.
- Practice: If the interviewer has provided the questions beforehand, practice your answers to the potential questions. It can be helpful to practice in front of a mirror or with a friend.
- Be familiar with the equipment: Being in front of a camera for the first time for some people can be a confronting experience. Make sure you are familiar with the equipment that will be used during the interview. This will help you to feel more comfortable and to avoid any technical issues.
- Dress appropriately: Dress professionally and appropriately for the interview. This will help to create a good impression. Try not to wear anything branded (unless it’s your company clothing) and avoid anything with patterns of any type.
- Body language: Be aware of your body language during the interview. Sit up straight, make eye contact with the interviewer (or camera), and avoid fidgeting if you can. Often handing your hands together in front or behind you is a great way to hold a professional image and keep you still.
- Be yourself: Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be as natural and authentic in your responses as you can. Often an interviewer will ask the same question in varying way to invoke a certain response type, it’s not because you’re not doing it right, don’t take it personally.
- Be prepared to speak about your company or brand: If the interview is about your company or brand, be prepared to speak about it, its mission, values, and products or services.
- Be on time: Arrive on time to the interview with time to spare and be prepared to start on time.
- Be open to feedback: Be open to feedback and willing to make adjustments if necessary. There may be times where the film crew, director or interviewer will ask you for certain things or actions. Remember, they’re there to make you look your best and show you in the best light.
- Follow up: After the interview, follow up with the interviewer to thank them for their time and to ask for feedback and answer any questions you may have.
By following these tips, you can feel more confident and prepared for your on-camera interview, and be able to communicate your message effectively.