Do you need tips on how to conduct an interview in the best possible conditions? Then you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we have listed the best techniques to know to make this meeting an unforgettable moment in your career!
Remember : it is important not to put pressure on yourself. This is an experience that should allow you to acquire skills and analyze your strengths and weaknesses. Put things into perspective as much as possible and follow our advice: everything will go well !
Tip 1 : Prepare the interview well in advance
Start by researching the person you are going to meet: what is their past, their current position, their field of expertise, their interests… Their personality should hold almost no secrets for you! The more details you know about this person, the easier it will be for you to address different subjects and to bounce off the information he or she can give you. Your interview will be all the more qualitative since you will be able to put your interlocutor and his word in value.
In addition, beyond your research, remember to clearly define the objectives of your interview, as well as the direction you wish to give it. You can then rely on a list of questions that will allow you to organize your dialogue and guide your interviewer in the best possible way. This will allow you to transmit the questions you have written down while establishing a first contact and allowing you to better understand the way this person expresses himself. You will be more reassured and will be able to use a more appropriate vocabulary and tone. Also, the interviewee will be more at ease on the day and will be able to anticipate the questions you might ask. You could thus avoid embarrassing moments when faced with questions that your interviewee would not want to answer.
Tip 2: Take it in stages on the big day
A short introduction will get you started. If you are registered, don’t hesitate to introduce the person you are meeting, as well as the objective of your meeting. If the person is present on social networks, don’t hesitate to specify it if they wish so that they can develop their online community. The interview will then be more confident after this introduction step.
Then, remember not to ask closed questions for which you will only get “yes” or “no” answers. You need to show interest in your interviewer and demonstrate that you are interested. So, even if they are not noted, remember to ask additional questions and bounce back on the information you receive: this way you add content to your interview and make it more spontaneous and natural. You will also go deeper in your exchanges and be able to talk about a variety of equally interesting topics! However, be careful not to get too lost in these spontaneous exchanges, especially if you have a limited amount of time for your interview: keep the focus and try to come back to your main questions slowly.
Moreover, take advantage of the present moment and let yourself be surprised by the answers of your interlocutor : it can be a source of new information that could enrich your interview !
Finally, don’t forget to make transitions and pauses between each question: you can then summarize the answer to create a link to your next question. This will also allow you to make sure you have understood the answer while creating a link to the next question. As for the pauses, which should be very short, they will allow you to take the time to quickly reread your next question and to better anticipate the editing of your video if the interview is filmed.
Tip 3 : Have the right attitude
As you can see, it is all a question of balance. At the same time invested and respectful of the other person, you have to be able to show interest while not cutting off your interlocutor. Try not to punctuate your guest’s sentences with “it’s true” or even “yes” which could interfere with the editing of your video and even the speech of your interlocutor. Just smile and look at the interviewee: you will then be more focused and will let him/her express himself/herself freely.
Remember to adopt a mood that is appropriate and consistent with the tone of your interview and the subject matter: you cannot be enthusiastic or totally neutral for all your interviews; you need to adopt a different attitude that is specific to each situation. Nevertheless, your interest and involvement must be apparent so that your interviewer feels encouraged to continue and develop his or her answers.
Tip 4: End the interview the right way
To conclude your interview, you must follow a few simple and quick steps that will also guide your interviewer to conclude his or her remarks.
First, you need to ask your guest if he/she would like to add something to the information he/she has already given: this will be an opportunity for him/her to have a free moment of expression or to qualify what he/she may have said previously. This last step will also allow them to understand that the interview is coming to an end and that they have an opportunity to come back to a key moment or to add an element that was not covered.
To conclude, don’t forget to thank your guest and mention again their social networks, their website or any other information they would like you to mention.
At the end of the recording, if there is one, you can also ask your guest to give you feedback on the interview: this will be an opportunity for you to note your strong points and the areas of improvement on which you need to work to improve. Your guest will appreciate this trust, which will demonstrate his or her credibility with you.
Tip 5: Use a transcription platform
Do you want to enjoy your interviews without worrying about taking notes or transcribing? Then we have the solution for you !
With Noota, you can record your interview directly on our platform. Then, we take care of the transcription, in just a few minutes. Simple, fast and efficient, our software allows you to save time and concentrate on other tasks.
Thanks to our editor, you will be able to modify your transcript in unlimited number and add elements to it. Finally, save your transcript in the format that suits you !