How to Prepare for Your Video Interview

How to Prepare for Your Video Interview

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Chicago Nonprofit Video Production

Congratulations! You’re ready to make your big debut in front of the video camera! We’ve put together some tips that will help you prepare for your big day.

Wear solid colors. Earth tones usually help bring out your skin colors.
Try to avoid solid black and bright white shirts.
Avoid wearing any tweeds or tight patterns. Men, this includes your ties and suit jackets. They create a crazy moire effect with the cameras.
Usually, no logos
Shiny jewelry doesn’t usually do well with the camera lights because they reflect the lights back into the cameras
If you need to wear glasses, contacts are best (if you have them) because your glasses can again reflect the camera lights
Ladies, bring extra makeup/powder with you. The camera lights can sometimes reflect off your oily skin. Powder helps soften the harsh lights.
Before your interview, be sure to drink plenty of water. If you haven’t had enough to drink, our microphones can hear the dryness coming from your mouth.
Be sure to eat enough as well. We’ve heard plenty of gurgling stomachs that always get picked up by the microphones.
Speak slowly. When we’re nervous, we speak quickly and words start to get jumbled together. Shorter statements are sometimes better than longer ones that ramble on.
Be sure to complete your thought. If you’re rambling too much, one thought can run into another without completing the first thought.
If your interview is taped (not live), don’t refer to previous statements (Like I said before OR again…). Each statement should stand on its own as if the question were never previously asked or answered. Sometimes producers like a variety of responses on the same topic for variety in the editing room.
If the content warrants it, remember to smile.
Wherever you are filming, be sure to check the maintenance schedule. Noises to consider: outside landscaping, electrical work on floors above/below you, maintenance on your unit/nearby units, flight traffic patterns, traffic noise, etc.
Most of all, relax! Try to envision the video camera as another person in the room.