I was really nervous before the interview. But, she told me that it’d be like a conversation. She was right! I had a great experience! It wasn’t nearly as stressful as I thought it would be...and now that I’ve gotten an interview under my belt, I figured I’d share some tips for how to do an interview as a newbie. Maybe there’s another newbie out there contemplating a podcast interview.
So, without further ado...
Make a script.
It’s a smart move to sketch out a rudimentary script before recording an interview. Thinking about what all you want say and how you want to say it will help you fit in all the ideas you want to share with your host and the audience. If there is no script, try to anticipate what questions might be asked of you and go from there.
If you talk to yourself often like I often do (hey, it’s supposed to be a sign of intelligence :) ), then, try your script in a conversational tone. Do it out loud so you can hear yourself. It’ll make it less intimidating when the time comes to actually do it.
Publicize your interview.
Make sure people know that you’re doing one and when it will be airing. That way, when the episode drops, it won’t open to crickets.
Ok...this is not a must do for everyone...But, if you’re anything like me, it does help. It’s borrowed from interviewing with or calling a potential employer about a job over the phone...But, get dressed. Not like you’re going to church or anything. But, do your hair and make sure you look neat and presentable. Subconsciously, it can feel like being in front of a group of people in your underwear doing an interview. So, do your brain a favor, and put something on that you’d feel comfortable giving that interview in if it was in front of an audience. The confidence from that will show in your tone.
Test your connection/reception.
Last, but not least...I have a what not to do to share. Do not...and I mean do not, attempt to do a cell phone interview in a location you haven’t vetted out for reception before your interview. Ask me how I know. 🙄 Annnnnddd in the event you do, make sure you are close to a former place of employment where the people still like you and they have an interview room for you to use...and they’ll even let you shut the door for privacy’s sake as you record (if you’re reading, thanks guys 😊).
So there you have it! My 5 tips for how to do your first interview.
If you’d like to listen in on my interview, you can check it out by clicking here.
Until next time!