So you’re going to be interviewed on video?
This is a quick video to give you some helpful tips for your upcoming interview on camera.
You might be feeling a bit nervous or worried about the whole thing. It’s our job to make sure you look and sound good.
There are a couple of things you can do to help the process go smoothly and give yourself confidence that you are performing the best that you can. If you just keep these small tips in mind, we’ll take care of the rest.
Even if your recording or livestream video will be seen by a wide audience, try to imagine you are just having a conversation with one person. This will help you become more natural, and the more natural you are on camera, the more at ease and receptive the audience will be with you and your message.
Include the answer in your question
The interviewer’s questions are usually edited out of the video, so it’s a good idea to begin your answer with some of the question. For example, if the question is, “What is your favourite part of your job?”, you can start your answer with something like, “my favourite part of my job is…” This will give you answer context, and allows your answer to become a self-contained sound-bite.
Keep your answers short
When delivering your answers, try to keep them as short and clear as possible. Longer answers are usually edited by the filmmaker. By keeping it short, you are controlling exactly how your message is delivered. Don’t worry if it takes you a few tries, the best outcome is for you to walk away completely happy with your answers and your experience.
Plan your message
If you know what general questions you will be asked, try to become familiar with the topic before the interview. Don’t try to memorise answers, just know what you want to say in your own words.
Try to remember to think from your audiences’ point of view. What exactly would they want to know? Give simple, practical, actionable answers that are easily digestible. This will make sure that you keep their attention while being easily understandable.
What to wear
To look your best on camera, darker shades of clothing are recommended in classic styles. This will make sure the video won’t date quickly. Also, make sure to avoid red and intricate patterns on your shirt or tie. They don’t generally show up well on video and could divert attention away from your message.
I hope these tips have been helpful. If you have any questions or need any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Ryan Spanger is one of Melbourne’s most respected and sought-after video production professionals. Ryan founded Dream Engine in 2002, and specialises in helping medium to large corporates, government departments, and the non-proﬁt sector to connect with their audience more effectively by using video.