How to Buy Yourself Some Time to Think During a Live Interview
When you’re asked to give an interview, it can be scary. You may not want to say something dumb on live television, and you’re expected to do it without any preparation? It can seem like too much pressure if you don’t know how to buy yourself some time to think during a live interview and make it seem like you were ready all along. Luckily, we’ve got tips that will help both experienced and inexperienced interviewees answer questions with confidence during those live segments!
1) Breathe Deeply
If you’re in an interview and think of something halfway through that you need to say but haven’t planned for, don’t panic. Instead, give yourself time to prepare by briefly pausing before speaking again. Breathe deeply in and out before continuing with your answer. This will buy you enough time to quickly formulate an idea for what comes next in your thought process—and it looks good on camera too!
2) Don't Panic
Most experts say they’re ready for anything during an interview. That’s probably not true. Being prepared gives you confidence, but it doesn’t mean you can handle every question that gets thrown your way. So if things don’t go as planned, try not to panic. When asked something unexpected or off-topic, go to a standard line that will work in any situation. It could be as simple as "for more information you can visit our website," or "that's something that we are currently looking into and only time will tell." You can also acknowledge the question and bridge to a topic you know or are more familiar with, for example: "What a good question! That's something we are considering and that's why... (insert your prepared talking point)."
3) Don't Gush About Yourself
Often, an interviewer will ask about your accomplishments. When they do, it’s easy to fall into rambling mode—you start talking about how great you are and how awesome your ideas are. That’s why it’s important not to gush about yourself or your business during an interview. Instead, answer with something like: I’m excited by what I have accomplished so far but I feel like there is still so much more I want to achieve for my business and myself as an entrepreneur. It may sound counterintuitive but delivering such a statement can be very powerful—your audience will respond well if you demonstrate humility and ambition at once. It shows that you know where you stand today but also know where you want to be tomorrow.
4) Be Relaxed About It
A great way to buy yourself some time is simply by being relaxed. This might sound like strange advice, but your voice and body language will be much more assured and natural when you’re calm. Speak slowly and steadily, and make eye contact with interviewers. You’ll also want to use valley words—in other words, avoid really big ones, which can slow you down. Words like think or feel are good examples of what you should avoid saying during an interview.
Here is to growing your name and brand for years to come.