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At PixelRain, we know that preparing for an on-camera interview can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, we’ve seen it all and are here to share our top 10 tips to help you shine in front of the camera.

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1. Understand the Purpose of the Interview

Knowing the objective of your interview will keep you focused on delivering a clear and effective message that resonates with your audience. Before the interview, discuss the goals with the interviewer or production team to ensure that you’re aligned with their expectations.

2. Prepare Your Answers

Most of the time, interview questions are written and sent over ahead of the interview. Take the time to thoroughly research and develop thoughtful answers related to your field and project. By putting the work in before the big day, you’ll feel more confident and prepared during the interview.

3. Practice Your Responses

Rehearse out loud with a friend or colleague and even record yourself on your phone to identify areas for improvement, such as body language, eye contact, and tone of voice. Watch and listen to yourself to pinpoint any habits that need correcting, like talking too fast or filler words.

4. Pick Appropriate Attire

Dress professionally and appropriately for the interview, opting for solid colours and attire that reflects your company’s culture and message. Avoid busy patterns or bright colours that can be distracting on camera. And remember, comfort is key, so wear something that makes you feel good.

5. Choose Your Filming Environment

Work with your production team to create a comfortable, well-lit, and quiet filming location that is both visually interesting and relevant to the subject matter. Consider depth when choosing a background, as shooting across a larger room can be more engaging than filming against a flat wall.

6. Get To Know The Crew

Get to know your crew. They are there to help you look and perform your absolute best. Building rapport with the crew before filming helps create a more relaxed atmosphere, which can lead to a better-looking final product. Ask them if they have any tips or pointers which they find helpful.

7. Be Comfortable

Let the crew know your preferences, such as whether you’re more comfortable sitting or standing, and if you tend to talk with your hands. Make sure you have a sturdy chair that doesn’t swivel or recline if you prefer sitting during the interview.

8. Ask Where to Look

Confirm whether you should look at the interviewer or directly into the camera during the interview. This will help you maintain a natural and engaging connection with your audience.

9. Bring Notes

Jot down key messages and bullet points to help you remember important information without sounding like you’re reading from a script. Use these notes as a reference during the interview, but make sure to maintain eye contact with the interviewer or the camera.

10. Embrace Pauses and Mind Your Body Language

Take a moment to think before answering, and maintain good posture throughout the interview to appear confident and poised. Avoid fidgeting by keeping your hands at your side or on your lap, and focus on maintaining a calm and steady presence on camera.

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By following these top 10 tips from PixelRain, you’ll be well-prepared to ace your on-camera interview and leave a lasting impression on your audience.

If you have any questions or need further guidance, feel free to reach out to our friendly team at PixelRain. We’re always here to help you make the most of your on-camera interviews and ensure that you put your best foot forward.