The Interview Part I ~ Preparing
You’re about to appear on a local television show or radio broadcast. Perhaps it’s an interview with the newspaper or on a podcast. Here are some very important things you need to know.
In part one, we’re going to discuss how you should present yourself. That’s pretty important, since the person interviewing you will get their first impression of you in less than a second. Here are a few tips of things you should avoid when preparing
- Be neatly attired. Most people don’t have to be reminded of this, but you should remember that the clothing you wear to an interview should be much like that you’d don for a job interview. That is, to say, don’t try out the latest fashion where your brightly colored clothing barely covers your body. Think conservative. Jeans are fine, as long as they’re not holey or patched. For ladies, if you wear a skirt, make sure it’s comfortable to sit in for long periods of time, and that it’s not so short a distance camera shot exposes what you don’t want the world to see. Slips of that nature are forgivable for starlets, not an aspiring author.
- Be well groomed. Men, trim your beard and mustache, and your hair. Make sure it’s combed neatly. Ladies, make sure your style will hold up under hot camera lights, the makeup too. Use deodorant but not one that has a heavy scent. In both cases, avoid overpowering perfumes and body sprays. Jewelry should be limited to discrete earrings, necklaces, bracelets. Now is not the time to decide to try the latest tattoo or piercing fad. Remember, always make a good impression—your potential new readers will want to know they can connect with you, even in a visceral way.
- Fresh breath is a must. Keep a small container of breath spray to deal with coffee or tobacco scented breath that came with the trip to the studio or newspaper office.
The biggest thing to remember is that you should appear for an interview in a way to impress, not distress. The only statement you should be making is that you are an author worth knowing.