Tips: Self shooting an interview

Kat Macaulay from the BBC Academy gives her tips on setting up and directing interviews.

She says that making your interviewee as comfortable as possible is paramount, because it will lead to more interesting and engaging answers.

"People find it more reassuring when you give them eye contact." – Kat Macaulay

The preparation you make before they arrive is a key part of this: if you have everything in place, and planned out, by the time they arrive, you will appear more organised and professional, and this can transfer confidence to your contributor.

During an interview it is important that you know what questions you want to ask without having to refer constantly to your notes, since this will enable you to maintain eye contact with the interviewee.

The more interested you are in your contributor's answers, the better the answers will be.