Tips For Those Writers Preparing For Interviews

nihalar By nihalar, 30th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Some tips for those who are preparing for interviews

Tips For Those Writers Preparing For Interviews

Here Are the Tips:-

1.) Act professional: If in doubt, keep professional. Nothing is worse than a writer who likes like an idiot because he or she is unprepared with answers, though doing an e-mail interview often helps with this. Still, if you are being interviewed live or on the spot, try to have some basic answers prepared beforehand. Also, don’t start using a bunch of curse words or going off on a rant about something you detest, at least not unless it’s that kind of blog or site you are interviewing with; yes, we all know about your rights to free speech and yes, you might want to stick it to “the man” or somebody, but an interview is generally not the place to do such because you will more than likely turn off potential readers.

2.) Know when it’s okay to not act professional: Yes, there will be times when you can act a little goofy. It all depends upon the interviewer and his or her expected audience. Some blogs are kind of crazy, some are not. Know which one you’re dealing with before answering interview questions. Pay attention to the type of questions you are being asked. Do some research before facing those questions. If you have a particular beef with a company or government agency or whatever, before you go off on a rant about that, make sure it is appropriate for the kind of site you are to appear on. Otherwise, yep, you’re likely to lose a chance at making a connection with readers.

3.) Give the interviewer something to work with: Don’t have a blog of your own? Is your author’s bio only ten words? Do you not have a Facebook or any other connections on the Web? Are you a complete recluse who never has contact with anyone? If so, then how do you expect an interviewer to ask you solid questions? The answer: They can’t. At best, they’ll give you a bunch of canned questions, the same old ones that get asked to every other writer or person they have to interview. You don’t want that. You want to stand out, to give potential readers something unique to like about you, something that will draw them to your writing. So, make sure your interviewer has something to work with, something that will allow them to make pointed questions that are more appropriate for you than any other writer.

4.) Don’t be overly long with your answers: When looking over an interview, readers don’t want to feel like they are slogging through War and Peace. Readers might not even realize it, but what they really want are relatively short, interesting, to-the-point answers that tantalize them. Readers really do want to know about interesting writers and interesting reader material. It’s your job as a writer to provide that for the readers, not the other way around.

5.) But one-word answers don’t work, either: Readers also won’t be interested in a writer who does not seem interested, let alone a writer who is not interesting. Your interviews don’t have to look as if they’re written by Shakespeare, but one-word answers will appear to show a lack of concern and interest. Which can kill a potential reader’s interest.

6.) Don’t forget to promote the interview: The blogger or reporter or whomever has done their job in interviewing you, and more than likely they or their boss or some other underlings will do a bit of promotion to your interview. But guess what? The best person to promote your interview is you. Readers won’t come to you; you have to go find them and reel them in. At the very least you should place a few links to the interview on your blog, Facebook page, twitter, etc. If you don’t have any of those things, place some links on sites that build traffic, such as StumbleUpon and Digg and Reddit. Heck, word of mouth is better than nothing, so e-mail the link to your friends and family.

7.) Always give the benefit of the doubt: If an interviewer says or writes something you find offensive, always give them the benefit of the doubt. At least the first time they do so. If they continue to be an ass, all bets are off. But most times other people don’t mean to offend. They ask a question awkwardly or perhaps they are not familiar with a certain subject being sensitive to you. They are not out to harm you or your writing career, but are there to help you. Remember that.

8.) Don’t lie: Never, ever lie in an interview. You will be called on it. Maybe not by the interviewer. Maybe not today. But eventually by someone. And you’ll just look like an idiot and a fool.

9.) Remember you can always say “no”: If interviews aren’t your thing, don’t do them. Find other ways to promote yourself. Not everyone is comfortable being asked questions, especially when those questions are coming live on TV, radio or a podcast. That’s okay. Just avoid doing such interviews. No one is going to think any less of you for that. Don’t feel like you have to be pressure into an interview. Most interviewers aren’t going to bug you about this, but will politely ask once or twice if you would like to be interviewed. If not, it’s rarely a problem.

10.) And remember to have fun: Writing is not only a career, but it’s also supposed to be fun! That should include interviews.

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author avatar Ramalingam
30th Jun 2012 (#)

Very useful and practical tips.Thanks.

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