10 Tips That Will Improve Your Interview Skills

One of the things you may notice as a developing artist, DJ or entertainer is that you are receiving an increase in interview requests, especially if you have played it smart and invested in your PR and marketing. Take a moment to pat yourself on the back, this is a great accomplishment but you want to make sure that you present yourself accordingly during your interview. We’ve compiled a list of things that will help you make it through your interviews with ease below.

  1. Prepare ahead of time, get a scope of what the interview questions will be in advance or if possible a copy of the questions being asked, this is a common practice many publicists and promotion companies use.
  2. Get plenty of rest the evening before so that you’re at 100% for your interview, your fans can hear it in your voice on the air when you’re low energy.
  3. Allow the host or person interviewing you time to open the show and properly introduce you, this also helps you to gently break the ice and
    get into it. 
  4. Allow yourself 3-5 seconds to think before you reply to a question and don’t over talk the person answering the questions.
  5. Speak clearly and don’t mumble or stutter. Audio engineers won’t hesitate to edit chunks of your interview out if it makes the show sound better.
  6. Make sure you stay focused on your current projects by leading the conversation in the interview, but without being pushy, remember you are the guest.
  7. Be yourself, relax and have fun, listeners can smell fear a mile away so try to enjoy the spotlight instead of worrying about it.
  8. At the end of the interview mention your website or the music store where your music can be downloaded, so that new fans can find your music.
  9. Be sure to thank your host or the person interviewing you, keeping a good rapport with them will increase your chances of being asked back to be a guest.
  10. Finally, make sure that you get a copy of the interview or a link to where it is published once it’s available, this is great for your EPK or press archives.

GiGi Capone PR & Associates offers workshops for labels/artists interested in developing and improving their artist”s interview skills, for more information contact info@gigicaponepr.com

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