Dragon Con Media Relations

August, 30 – September, 3 Atlanta, GA
Tips for a Sucessful Interview

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So you’ve got an interview. What do you do now? Here are some helpful tips so your interview is the best it can be!

  1. Do your research. Look at other interviews the guest has done so you know your questions aren’t ones they’ve been asked a million times. If it is a popular question that you’re asking, try thinking of a creative way to word the question. Know the guest’s career, what they’ve done and what they’re doing now. Guests LOVE to talk about their current/future projects and favorite charities!
  2. Decide on your questions before the interview. Interviews where reporters “wing it” rarely turn out as well as interviews where the reporter is well prepared.
  3. Prepare more questions than you think you’ll need. There may only be time to ask four or five questions during a ten minute interview. If you have ten or fifteen questions prepared you have plenty to choose from depending on how the guest answers.
  4. If you are attending a press conference, you will want to prepare a wide variety of questions because you never know what the other reporters will ask.
  5. Scope out the Interview Room before your interview so you know where it is. Decide how you want to stage your interview (on-camera interviews only). Your friendly Interview Room staff members are there to help.
  6. Confirm your interview with the guest and their representative in the Walk of Fame PRIOR to your interview. Then confirm the interview with the Interview Room.
  7. Make sure you have all of your equipment (cameras, tripods, microphones, pen, paper, etc.) and that everything works!
  8. Arrive at the interview location at least ten minutes before your interview so you have time to set up. Interviews are booked back-to-back so it’s important you’re on time, prepared and able to set up your equipment quickly.
  9. The interview should flow like a conversation. Try to avoid looking at your notes during the interview.
  10. HAVE FUN! And always thank the guest for the interview.