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Top 15 Interviewing Tips

August 10, 2009 5 comments

Top 15 Interviewing Techniques and Reminders

  • Good lighting and sound are key:  LOOK AND LISTEN CAREFULLY
  • Source light should always be BEHIND YOU when looking at your interviewee
  • Use a tripod (really!)
  • Use headphones to listen for sounds and turn off noises that you can control
  • Use the “rule of thirds” (Watch a video featuring info on lighting, background, shots (1/3 rule, composition) (6:39)
  • Keep your subject in a medium to medium close-up shot
  • Don’t move camera or zoom unless absolutely necessary
  • First question: CONSENT (see informed consent section)
  • Second question: INTRODUCTION and ask them to say and spell their name and affiliation (i.e. organization)
  • Make sure all your questions are OPEN ENDED (not yes or no) and have your subject answer in COMPLETE SENTENCES (tell them to do so if you have to)
  • Prepare a list of questions beforehand – and ask them all!
  • Don’t interrupt your interviewee – unless essential
  • ALWAYS ask the interviewee “is there anything you’d like to add?”
  • Keep silent during an interview
  • Log your interview and mark your tape(s)!

More in-depth resources on conducting an interviews


Info on indoor and street interviews, different shots (2:56)

good instructions on how to interview (setting, lighting, where to look etc) (2:33)

Click here to view a more detailed guide on how to film interviews

Another interview guide

Learn how to prepare for interviews and how to conduct the interview

What Next? Informed Consent