TV Interview Checklist

TV Interview Checklist
Carolyn Kerner Stein
When preparing for a TV interview, it's helpful to have a checklist to follow, so you don't forget something important... until it's too late! Image consultant Carolyn Stein provides a sample checklist to get you started.

Checklist for a TV Interview

  • Remember to sit straight and use good posture. Keep your knees together. Avoid gripping the armrest of the chair so tight that your knuckles turn white.
  • If you are seated, unbutton your jacket. If you are standing, button your jacket.
  • When you're talking, be concise. Get your key points across right at the beginning.
  • If this is your first interview, there is a difference between looking into the eye of a camera that offers no response, and looking out at an audience that is constantly giving you feedback with their eyes and body language. You must keep in mind that there is a living, breathing audience watching you — you just can’t see them. Remember to look sincere and direct when you face the camera.
  • On video, use fewer gestures and remain in one area of the stage. Prepare for the various camera angles. The camera may move in for a close up of your face, so try not to move around. Remember, eye contact is important, whether it is with the camera or the person with whom you are speaking.
  • Have your contact information on a sticky note, and give it to the receptionist. If your topic brings calls to the studio, the information will be near her phone
  • At the end of the session, be sure to thank the host for inviting you.

Carolyn Stein has served as an image consultant at several Republican national conventions, where she helped various celebrities get ready for their on-stage appearances, including former first lady Barbara Bush, reknowned actress Helen Hayes, and actor and former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.