Preparing for an Internet Interview

I'm really looking forward to our interview. The tips below will help us prepare to have the best quality audio when you share your stories of God's faithfulness.

This page is divided into three sections to help with clarity:

  • Tips if you're using a computer
  • Tips if you're using a mobile device
  • Tips that apply in both situations

If you're using a computer

1. Optimize your environment

Ensure that you are in a quiet place that will have minimal interruptions

It's absolutely essential that we minimize any noise to ensure that people aren't distracted when they are listening to your stories. But it goes beyond just finding a quiet room. We'll also want to minimize noise from the computer and, if possible, even use an external microphone to get the best recording possible.

Turn off your mobile phone

Believe it or not, even if your phone is set to “silent,” receiving a call or notification can cause electromagnetic interference with your computer. I recommend turning it completely off or moving it at least 10 feet (3 meters) from any equipment involved in the recording, including power cables, network equipment, or your computer.

Have your reference materials handy

If you've already spent some time looking over the interview questions, feel free to bring your notes to the interview. While I often keep my notes as Google Documents, the important thing is just to have them handy.

2. Optimize your computer

Restart your computer

Before we start recording, let's get both of our computers as close to a clean slate as possible. Restarting will clear programs out of memory and allow your computer to allocate more resources to our recording.

Open as few programs as possible

In a similar vein, we don't want to overload the computer. Only open programs that are absolutely essential. And, if you must have an internet browser open, keep the number of tabs or windows to the absolute minimum.

Special Note: If you use programs that automatically back up to the internet such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or a computer backup service, you may want to disable them for the call. They can consume significant bandwidth and negatively affect the quality of our recording.

Use a wired network, if possible

It's all about bandwidth and, believe it or not, we really can hear the difference in audio quality between wired and wireless connections.

3. Optimize your settings

  • Turn off all Skype audio notifications
  • Turn off all of your computer's audio notifications

4. Optimize the audio

  • Plug in your external mic (if you have one)
  • Plug in your headphones (if you have some)

If you're using a smartphone or tablet

1. Optimize your environment

Ensure that you are in a quiet place that will have minimal interruptions

It's absolutely essential that we minimize any noise to ensure that people aren't distracted when they are listening to your stories. But it goes beyond just finding a quiet room. We'll also want to minimize environmental noise such as wind or traffic and, if possible, even use an external microphone to get the best recording possible.

Have your reference materials handy

If you've already spent some time looking over the interview questions, feel free to bring your notes to the interview. While I often keep my notes as Google Documents, the important thing is just to have them handy.

2. Optimize your device

Close down all the apps on your smartphone or tablet

Before we start recording, let's get your device close to a clean slate as possible. Restarting will clear programs out of memory and allow your computer to allocate more resources to our recording.

Only open Skype

In a similar vein, we don't want to overload the device. Only open programs that are absolutely essential.

3. Optimize your settings

  • Turn off all audio notifications

4. Optimize the audio

  • Often, we get the best sound using the headphone & microphone that come bundled with your phone. We'll check that on the call.

Some more tips to remember

  • Smile. People can hear it in your voice.
  • Breathe. Don't stress. This is about connecting with our audience and showcasing God in and through your stories.
  • Pace Yourself. You don't need to speak slowly but don't try to rush either. I find that focusing on enunciation helps me to speak at an appropriate pace.
  • Enjoy! Let's have some fun. These interviews are edited before publication so we can always fix something here and there.

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