How to Conduct an Interview
From the Other Side of the World

Holly Cowley
Holly Cowley

June 2nd, 2021

Conduct your interviews from anywhere!

In the same way that virtual events have rocketed in popularity, so has the demand for virtual interviews. However, when you take some time to read up on ‘virtual interviews’ there's hundreds of pages detailing how to be a successful interviewee. On the flipside, there’s little out there to help those conducting the interview know how to run a virtual interview successfully. Tell is here to help you run a fantastic interview by creating an environment that provokes excellence from interviewers and interviewees alike. To get you started on your interviewing journey, here is the who, what, where and how of virtual interviewing.

How do we run a virtual interview?

We work with the company, their interviewer and the interviewee to run tech checks before your recording day to make sure that everything is running smoothly. That includes audio, visuals, and that all important reliable internet connection. Then, on the day of the interview, we facilitate the technical aspects of the interview including mixing the visuals and recording your production. We then send the recordings back to your team for creating all the content you wish.

Who are virtual interviews for?

Virtual interviews are the perfect medium for anyone who uses interviewing regularly as part of their practice. Tell can help budding journalists to get their latest scoop, or the seasoned red carpet interviewer to access even the most remote celebrities, or we can even host interview panels for personalities to interact directly with their audiences.

What does a virtual interview look like?

Interviews facilitated by Tell can take whatever form works best for you and your practice. Be that interview panels, one on one, a simple audio call or audio-visual. We want to support you in being able to work in whichever way is the most comfortable and efficient for both the interviewer and the interviewee.

When and where can they be conducted from?

Virtual interviews are an extremely geographically accessible format, which makes them super handy for the interviewer and interviewee. You can conduct an interview from anywhere in the country, nay, the world. Perhaps you're writing a profile on an up and coming musician based in LA? Not a problem. We help you stream live with high-quality video and audio, and we are even able to facilitate real-time translation for interviews that span across borders.

Why choose a virtual format?

So, why choose to go virtual over in-person? Apart from the obvious health and safety aspects, following the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many additional reasons to go remote. So many that we decided to compile a list of all the incredible benefits of virtual interviewing.

    1. Cut the commute - No matter where your interviewee is based, you can contact them easily without having to spend time and money on travel. Additionally, this is a much more environmentally friendly option.

    2. More options - With virtual interviewing your options for interviewing are not limited by geography or availability as it is much easier to plan and book an online interview. Your pool of potential interviewees is blown wide open.

    3. Less intimidating - From an interviewer and interviewee perspective, the pressure of a face to face interview doesn't translate to virtual. You can even have your notes with you to read off without seeming under-prepared! When both parties are more relaxed, the conversation and results will be of a much better quality.

    4. Language - language barriers are no longer an issue as we can provide translated live streams. You really can interview anyone anywhere in the world.

There’s a plethora of benefits to running interviews virtually, no matter what industry you’re from. However, understandably, it might feel as though you're sacrificing the connections forged through face-to-face interviewing. Tell can assure that the technical aspects of your interview won't get in the way of cultivating worthwhile relationships with interviewees and fantastic content. We can offer you sufficient support and create an interview environment that makes both participants feel at ease. By embracing the virtual revolution, you allow Tell to support the growth of your business.