No matter who you are, being interviewed for a feature is a high compliment. It means that someone believes you to be knowledgeable in your field, and they want to share that with others. However, not everyone is comfortable with being interviewed. In fact, it can be a bit nerve-wracking as the requests can sometimes be on the spot.
If you’re uncomfortable being interviewed, then usually your answers will come off awkward or as ‘trying too hard.’ You don’t have to try hard – you already made it when you go invited to be interviewed. 😉
Now, you don’t have to be perfect or polished, but there are some things you can do to make your interview interesting for others to read. This post goes over tips for being interviewed for a feature article, regardless if the interview is via video, newspaper, a podcast episode, or a blog post.
Tips For Being Interviewed For a Feature
1. Know who you are, and what you do. A lot of people who can’t smoothly explain who they are and what they do, really aren’t quite sure on either, so it’s important to think about those things and put it into words that you can easily share.
“I’m Nile Flores. I’m a sassy Southern Illinois mom who is WordPress designer and developer. I build WordPress websites that convert.”
This allows you to know exactly who I am, and what I do. It’s short, sweet, and still informative. You may be asked to give a little more about yourself, but as long as you begin with who you are and what you do, the rest of your bio will fall into place.
2. Don’t be so brief on your answers. Brief answers show either a lack of interest in answering, awkwardness, or worse, no personality. Let your personality shine through your words, even if you may be a person who is “a man or woman of little words.”
3. Don’t list all of your accolades. Hearing about your success may seem interesting. Hearing about half a dozen awards is flat out bragging… and annoying. One or two award mentions may be fine. Listing too many seems like you’re trying too hard. Rather than impress them with a lot of awards, try impressing them with a brief case study that could get people to connect better with you.
4. Mention one piece of information that could be endearing. This allows people to connect with you because you seem more human. It could be a unique hobby, a pet, a new baby in your family, or some interesting charity you love to participate in all the time.
5. Keep on topic, and try not to get sidetrack. If you have a lot of experience in your field, or in several fields, it’s really easy to put way too much information. Try to stay on topic. Those long side tangents may end up confusing people, or make them think you’re all over the place and can’t stay focused.
Do you have any tips for being interviewed that haven’t been mentioned above?