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You may be required to attend a TV interview, whether it is for a job or something that is happening in your life. Going for an interview is not as easy as just walking into a studio and speaking. It also requires that you pay attention to certain things like your non-verbal cues, how you dress and how you address the interviewer.

Find below tips on how to do TV interviews successfully.

Consider your dressing.

When dressing for TV interviews, choose colors that are warm or go for basic white. Checked, striped or polka-dotted clothing can appear weird on screen and will distract the listeners from what you’re saying. Avoid very bright colors because they have the same effect.

Be careful about the number of accessories you have on.  For ladies, avoid chunky accessories because they can end up being noisy and distracting. Avoid over bright jewelry that can deflect light.

Minimize your makeup. Too much makeup can appear chalky on screen, use makeup to enhance your features and not to hide them.

Practice before going for the interview

You will not have too much time when doing a TV interview.  Make sure that you have your messages clearly prepared and deliver them in the shortest time possible. Avoid filler words like, aaahhh and mmmm because it’ll make you look like you do not know what you’re about to say. The use of filler words can be especially damaging if it is a live interview, however for recorded interviews, video production Toronto can edit the footage and remove the filler words thus giving your interview a smoother flow.

It is within your rights to ask the interviewer to share with you the list of questions they want to ask. This will help you prepare well, but you need to be ready for any questions that may pop up as you go along with the interview. You’ll be able to achieve this by knowing what your message is and if in doubt, do your research before you do the interview.  If you do not know the answer to a question, it is better that you admit that you do not have the answer and promise the interviewer that you will get back to them once you have the relevant information. Giving incorrect information can have an impact on your credibility and the public reaction can be harsh.

Be careful about nonverbal cues.

Body language speaks louder than words. It is common to be nervous during an interview but do not to let it show. Do not fiddle with your hands or shake your legs or play with your clothing or hair.

Maintain eye contact with the interviewer because it shows that you’re confident about what you’re saying. People also respond better to interviewees who do not have furtive facial expressions.

Watch how you speak, if you rush your speech, no one will be able to understand what you’re saying and you will appear nervous.

Before you go in for the interview, make sure you practice, practice in front of a mirror or get someone to play the role of an interviewer.  Research what you’re going to talk about and how you plan to respond. Do not become angry or evasive because it will reflect negatively on you.

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