5 Tips for TV Interviews

5 Tips for TV Interviews

5 Tips for TV Interviews

5 Tips for TV Interviews

From all our years of conducting media training, we have noticed that one of the trickiest interviews to negotiate are TV interviews.

If the interview is a disaster, there is always one person to blame – No! not the anchor. It’s you! Don’t worry though.  You can do something about it. And the best way to deal with a TV interview is to be aware and be prepared for it.

Here are the easy tips for TV interviews that can help you ace it. 

5 tips for tv interviews

While it always helps to have undergone some media training, there are still a few tips one can keep in mind before going for a TV interview.

1. Arrive Prepared:

Start on the front foot by arriving early and giving yourself a buffer. Wear comfortable but appropriate clothes and accessories and carry a backup. Get yourself familiar with the place, the people, the equipment and the rules and regulations of the studio. Allow yourself some time to do a touch up of your face so that you are at your presentable best when you head in for that interview.

The last thing you want is to be rushed and feel unprepared and appear like you were forced to do the interview.

2. Test the Equipment:

You may not be familiar or comfortable with a microphone and earpiece so test both beforehand. Check your microphone and test your earpiece: You will often wear a lapel microphone during your interview. There are techniques and methods to best use the mic, hide the wires and avoid discomfort.

Test the audio and ensure that none of the lights are making you squint before you begin the interview and ensure the camera is not recording else you may just make a fool of yourself with your mic testing.

3. Be Comfortable and Switched-On:

Find yourself a comfortable seating position that you can sustain for the length of the interview. Squirming during the interview trying to find that position may be misinterpreted. Do be aware of the fact that the camera is always rolling even when you may not be talking and your reactions are being broadcast live so be switched on and react accordingly.

Do not try to adjust your hair, pick your nose, fiddle with your mic, tug at your clothes assuming that since you are not talking you are not being recorded.

4. Small Gestures:

If you have undergone media training, you understand how your nonverbal communication can be interpreted. Ensure you are in control of your reactions and expressions. Keep them small and measured. During controversial debates ensure you are aware of if you are nodding in agreement or in counter and that it appears accordingly.

Always best to have two distinct nods if you have a tendency to nod while listening to people. And the same nod cannot be used for approval or disagreement.

5. See It Through:

Do remember that the camera is still rolling usually even after the interview is done. So do not pull out props that you have been using that may have been hidden to the camera view. Stay seated till the camera is rolling and you have the mic one. In most cases, the crew will let you know once you are clear and you can then get up and get going.

Do not roll your eyes or shout out in relief until you are out of the studio.

And that should do the trick.

If you have an upcoming TV interview that you would like to be prepared for, simply drop us a line and we will reach out to you to get you prepared.