If you are an author, you will more than likely be called on to do an interview some time during your career. Whether it is a live television interview, a video interview, or a radio interview, you must properly prepare prior to your interview. I’ve been on both sides of the interview process, and I can guarantee you that whether you are the interviewer or the interviewee, nervousness is a reality. This can be tamed by preparing for your interview in advance.
In addition, not preparing for your interview, not researching your interviewer, being late, and acting in an unprofessional manner can cause an interview disaster. Following are a few ways to prepare for an interview so that you come out shining and proud to add your interview to your growing press kit.
Once you are asked for an interview, confirm that you have all the pertinent information. Unfortunately, the interviewer may not provide you with this information, so it is up to you to get it.
You will need to know the format of the interview. Will it be a live video interview, a pre-recorded, edited video, a live radio broadcast, a pre-recorded radio interview or podcast, or a chat interview? Again, this is important because the format will dictate how you present yourself; if you’re doing an at-home video interview, you will want to be well dressed, made-up, and accessorized from your head to at least your waist, and your viewable area must be clean, neat, and free from clutter and distraction.