Get it Straight: How to Answer Interview Questions

  • November 18, 2013
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Being interviewed on camera can be a nerve wracking experience. Many people are worried about how they will look, sound and how they will answer questions. It’s the video productions teams job to make sure you look and sounds great, so you can concentrate on just answering the questions.

In order to give your Melbourne production team the best material possible, here’s some quick tips on how to deliver the best responses possible.

#1: Think about what you are going to say

Keep in mind the message you want to convey in the video and interview. Bringing your answers back to the message, even if the questions doesn’t seem like it directly relates to your topic, is important. You may be tempted to have rehearsed answers to questions, but try to limit this.

Having prepared answers will make you seem robotic and stilted on camera. Think about what you want to say, but don’t read from a script or practise an answer word-for word.

#2: Speak in full sentences

This may seem obvious, but when talking casually in conversation, you would be surprised how many of your sentences run into each other. Keeping each sentences purposefully separate will help in the editing process but allowing room for cutting and splicing of answers.

If you need to think about an answer before you answer, that’s ok. It’s better to have a few seconds to think, rather than rambling.

Ryan Spanger's interview tips for video

#3: Be enthusiastic

It’s understandable that you might be nervous on camera or not want to look foolish, but enthusiasm is a good thing. You may feel like you are going over the top, but on-screen this will look normal. An audience is used to seeing energy and enthusiasm on screen.

If you feel like your energy is waning or you didn’t give a good answer, just ask to try it again. A film crew would rather a second attempt at an answer, than having to cut an answer you are unhappy with.

#4: Short and sweet

Try to keep your answers short and to the point. If you feel yourself rambling, simply stop. You can always try an answer again, or think before you answer. Short, purposeful answers will make for a better final video and will make you look better on screen.

#5: Relax and have fun!

Making a video and sitting for interviews is fun! It make take time and it might not be the same as a beach holiday, but it beats sitting at a desk and crunching numbers. Enjoy the experience, relax and let the professional production team take care of the rest.

If you’d like to create your own documentary style marketing video in Melbourne, please contact Ryan at Dream Engine.


 Ryan Spanger


Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2001, and specializes in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-profit sector to connect with their audience by using video.

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