You have arranged your on-air interview. You have done your research. You have written down some of the questions you want to ask.
But there’s one final and very valuable source to check out – your interview guest! We call this the pre-interview. This means contacting your guest before the interview, and asking them a few questions, and checking information.
This isn’t cheating. It’s wise. This will help you give shape to the final interview. It will also make your interview intelligent and relevant.
So, what do you ask during the pre-interview? Here are a few ideas:
If possible, don’t tell them in advance exactly what questions you will be asking, as this can spoil the spontaneity of the interview. However, give them a rough guide to the direction of the interview, and make sure they understand the angle you are taking.
A pre-interview is not always possible, especially with guests who are super-busy. However, you can quickly cover some of these points in the few moments before the actual interview starts. And if you are interviewing a public figure, sometimes one of their staff may be able to answer a few of these questions for you.
Go forth and do great interviews!
PS: Check out our video training series ‘Interviewing for Radio.” http://onlineradiotraining.com/category/videos/interviewing-for-radio/