Getting audio interview ready

Transform from rookie to radio star by following these simple steps…

How to prepare
Writing a short list of dot points that you’d like to cover is the best way to prepare. Having a script might feel comforting, but something that reads well on paper doesn’t always flow as nicely when you try to read it aloud, and you’ll likely get flustered if you lose your place in your script.

Beware of background noise
Background sounds are frequently picked up in audio recordings, so before the interview starts, close the door of the office or meeting room and put your mobile phone and computer on silent. If you can, avoid having other people in the room during the interview to reduce shuffling sounds in the background of the recording.

When you’re doing a phone interview, it can be very tempting to multitask, but typing and mouse clicking sounds are easily picked up on the recording.

Avoid using speakerphone
Interviews recorded when the phone is on loudspeaker can sound faint or have an echo sound to them. If you’re the only one being interviewed, use the handset or a headset. If you must use the speakerphone, make sure that you sit close to the phone.

Relax!
Participating in a recording can be a nerve-wracking experience, but it’s important to try and relax.

Because of nerves, many interviewees have a tendency to speak quickly. Slow down your talking speed by sitting up straight and focusing on your breathing. If that doesn’t work, standing up during the recording can help you to feel more confident.

Keep it interesting
Your expression plays a vital role in keeping listeners engaged. If the recording sounds like a dense, monotone lecture, the audience will likely tune out. Remember to speak clearly and avoid long sentences, uncommon words and unnecessary jargon.

Aim for a conversational style, focus on your intonation and don’t be afraid to talk about the subject in an animated way. When a presenter shows a passion for their subject, that enthusiasm can really rub off onto audiences.

Be succinct
Keep it short, sharp and to the point. It can be tempting to provide a lengthy and very comprehensive answer to a question, but attention spans online are typically shorter, so restrict your answers to the most recent and interesting points. Where possible, try to illustrate your responses with interesting examples to keep listeners engaged.

Don’t panic if you make a mistake
It’s common to mix up or stumble over your words a little bit in everyday conversations, so don’t worry if this happens in the recording. Try to move on and focus on answering the next questions – chances are that it’s not nearly as noticeable as you think it was.

If you really do hate something that you’ve said and the audio is not being streamed live, simply ask the interviewer if you can re-record that particular answer.

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