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Thursday, 24 September 2020 19:20

On-Camera Interview Tips

Written by Elizabeth Flood, Marketing & Communications Manager
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One of the great things about our Community Channel shows is how our producers are always finding new and interesting guests. From Innovation Showcase to Cognitum, many of our Community shows regularly feature fascinating people, including experts in their respective fields.

 

But what makes for a good on-camera interview? Here are some tips to ensure the conversation flows.

 

Chat Before the Interview 

 

Give yourself some time to speak briefly with the guest before the interview. That way you can prepare them for what you might ask and how the interview will flow. You’ll also get an idea to how they speak and what they're most excited to talk about. By having a quick preliminary chat, you can avoid any unpleasant surprises during the interview itself. 

 

Make Sure the Camera Captures Their Whole Face

 

This tip is especially important for those who are conducting interviews over Zoom. Before you start the interview, make sure your guest is completely in the frame of the camera and that their camera is not too high or too low (see our earlier blog post about video conferencing for tips on this). If you're shooting in the studio you may also want to have the guest's hands in the frame because many people also express themselves through hand gestures.

 

Poetic Lines InterviewElizabeth Lund interviews guest Ben Berman on Poetic Lines.

 

Ask Open-Ended Questions 

 

Try to avoid asking just yes or no questions. You want to keep your guest talking so you have plenty of material for the show. If you do find yourself wanting to ask a yes or no question, think about trying to rephrase it.  So instead of asking your guest “Do you like being a doctor?” you can instead rephrase to “What’s it like being a doctor?” or something similar. 

 

Try Not to Interject

 

In a normal conversation, you might say things like “yes” or “mhm” to encourage someone to keep talking, but when you’re on camera those sounds might be picked up by your microphone and drown out the guest. It might also cause your guest to pause and lose their train of thought. Try to stick to nodding instead to show your guest you’re listening.  

 

Stay Flexible 

 

You never know where a conversation might go. While it’s good to be prepared with your questions, you might find that your guest ends up having way more to say about one subject than another. If you pursue the topics that your guest seems most interested in, you’ll keep them engaged. An engaged guest leads to an engaged audience.

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