Had a colleague ask about how to make an interview video – for a job application.
She was nervous about it, so I offered some ideas to relax on camera and shine.
Because no-one is born knowing this stuff!
- Test your shot first with your phone propped up or use your webcam. Film yourself reciting a poem or talk about why you want the job.
- Find a spot where natural light falls on your face.
- Adjust your framing so you have a small space between the top of your head and the top of the shot. And the bottom of the shot includes your shoulders (at least). A little more is also good – down to waist height.
- Gaze at the lens while you talk. You’ll come across as confident and relatable.
- Check your sound levels. Either speak up or use an earbud microphone with your phone if you’re too quiet.
- Get rid of clutter or rubbish in your background.
- Pick something to wear that is one colour, plain and suits you.
- Use a little makeup to give your face some definition. Street makeup is fine.
- Pop some bullet points on a sticky note so you can stay focused.
- Dance around to your favourite song before you film so your energy is up
Remember – you can do as many takes as you like.
Give yourself time for three or four takes. After a few – you’ll relax.