Interviewing

For my blog this week, I would like to talk about interviewing skills. Although this seems like it may be a relatively easy concept, for those of you who have never done an interview, should take some tips from those who have lived them.
First of all, it is no easy task to be a part of an interview. Think about how nervous you get thinking about doing a speech for a class, or talking one on one with someone whom you are trying to get a job from. You know that what you say is important, how you say it, and how the words you say can be interpreted. Now that all of those jitters are on your mind, add a camera, a table (for press conferences), and a microphone… How about now? Are you as confident as you were before?
Either way, the next part is beginning. What you say matters, and in what context you use it, and you must think about who is going to hear it. If you are an athlete, you are either talking because you won, you lost, or there is a piece coming out about you or your program. What will you want your audience to know?
Remember that you are representative of yourself as a person and any program you are attached to. A celebrity is connected to their family, the endorsers, the people they work with, and so on. They must think without fail everything that they say. If I am talking about my team because we lost, you would never say “if so and so did their job, or didn’t fall”, “well he or she could have done that”, or “we just sucked.” Instead, the correct thing would be to get off your high horse, be honest, but at the same time, be real; “it is unfortunate that today ended the way it did. Of course it is hard to lose here or any other time. But from tonight we have learned some valuable lessons and we are going to take those lessons and prepare ourselves for the next time a challenge like what happened today occurs again.”
Next thing to remember is that you NEVER want to mention your opponents. You can almost guarantee they will not be talking about you, so why would you want to give them extra press time? Instead, say “other teams” or “other athletes”, etc. The more your interview focuses on you and your team, the better it will be for the program.
Lastly, regardless of what happened that night of the competition, you should be gracious that you are being interviewed. A good athlete, competitor, and overall person will understand that there are good and bad days, but it is what you learn from the bad days that make the good days happen. And it is having those bad days that make the good days that much better. Understand that you are not the only one who has been defeated by an opponent, but it is what you make of it that helps you stand out. Be congratulatory to the winner, and yes you may be upset with your performance, but take it is a time that you are able to learn from and grow from.

A great interview from a woman attempting a fitness challenge: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjNuPTXkA0E
Awful interview:

Lebron James interview breakdown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybLQRPdg_O8

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