Being confidence, smart and having the best attitude are the important qualities that every media professional should posses and are the same skills that you ought to show in the interview to win the prestigious job. As opposed to a question answer session common to al types of interviews, media professionals’ interviews are more of an exchange of ideas and conversation about the current happenings in the field.
There are other tips that will be required of you apart from the obvious dressing style and punctuality. These tips that will help you in an interview are:
Media Interview Tips
Good communication and interpersonal skills are required of every medical practitioner and you are expected to have them and use them properly during the interview to convince the interviewers that you are the right candidate for the job.
- The first basic tip is to avoid any signs of nervousness be obvious. Use a few sessions of mock interview with your friends or relatives to help deal with this anxiety.
- You may be required to give a presentation to the panel a given topic. Ask that you are given the topic to be discussed in advance so that you prepare adequately for the presentation.
- Put the best efforts in setting up your presentation and when you get to making the presentation, make it as simple as possible. Use a lot of media jargons but support them with day to day examples that can be easily understood and related to by the panelists.
- Be well prepared for the question-answer round that follows your presentation, and listen carefully to be able to clarify any query that may arise from the panelists and use as many examples as possible in your explanations.
- Anticipate in advance the questions can be asked during the interview. In a media interview, such would evolve discussions on politics to social issues to financial sector etc. it is important that you keep yourself up-to-date about the current issues and latest happenings.
- Interviewers may give wrong information as traps to test your knowledge so don’t hesitate to correct an interviewer who provides wrong information. Nevertheless, give your point of view politely and confidently.
- Meanwhile, if you have no knowledge about a particular issue, do let the interviewer know about it. It is better to be direct about it than guess the facts.
- Keep in mind that there’s a difference between a fact and an opinion and fact are facts irrespective of your opinion, it will not help challenging facts that are given by the interviewer
- Research the media house where you have applied inside out and especially on its activities, recent news, upcoming features etc. Discussions that evolve around such issues are usually part of the agenda, and this is the point to highlight your interest level by actively participating in the discussions.
- Wherever you source your facts from, make sure that they are correct. It is in bad taste to animatedly talk about a story that was published/ covered in a competitors’ media house which was a heresy.
Although media interviews are stressful proper application of these tips will help you to prepare in advance and gather enough self-confidence to excel in media interview