Video interviews have become the norm since the COVID-19 pandemic where in-person meetings were not always possible.
Despite being miles apart from your audience, video calls allow you to feel as though you are in the same room – once you get past the fact that you are on-camera, that is.
For many, being in front of a camera feels uncomfortable, unusual, and even scary. The feeling of uneasiness can cause fidgeting, sweating and ultimately feeling disconnected from the interview.
But as on-camera interviews are more in demand than ever before, you might be asking – how can I overcome these reactions and fears?
As always, we have simple and easy solutions for you to master on-camera interviews in no time:
1. Prepare & practice beforehand
There is no harm in practising by yourself or with a friend to help you get used to the idea of being on-camera, but beware – too much rehearsal can ultimately make your performance on-camera seem planned and unnatural. We advise practising 1-2 times before the actual interview for no more than 15 minutes.
You can also write a list of pre-planned statements or answers you want to cover during the interview. The bullet points should only function as reminders however, and not as a script – so make sure to keep them concise.
2. Dress Professionally
Simple and understated clothing will keep the audience’s attention solely on you and your message.
Wearing solid or dark colours is recommended as bright colours and patterns on clothing do not show up well on camera and are distracting for the eye.
3. Imagine the camera is someone you know
To overcome nervousness, try to visualise that a friend is in front of you – and the two of you are discussing what you have done that day. It is a relaxed conversation. Doing this helps to put your mind at ease and will bridge together the distance you and your audience or interviewer have by allowing it to feel as though they are right in front of you.
It’s easy to get distracted by your thoughts and start fidgeting. The goal is to be in the moment with your audience, giving them your undivided action. Being present in the conversation helps to maintain focus and increase your audience’s engagement with what you are saying.
5. Be enthusiastic
When people watch TV, they are used to enthusiastic delivery. This isn’t always reflected in recorded footage. To avoid sounding dry and uninterested talk loudly and animatedly. It can also help to use your hands when making points as it indicates your enthusiasm for the conversation.
Only feeling 90% ready?
Ponder on this fact: You have been presented with an opportunity that does not come every day. People are interested in hearing what you have to say. That is an unbeatable and undebatable confidence booster right there.
Now you can smile and face the camera with renewed confidence!
Did you find these tips useful?
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Blog written by Maka Mutamiri