It's my story: helping care-experienced young people give effective media interviews

Preparing for interviews

Trainer notes

There are many techniques to help people get the best out of interviews. Some are given here and there are more in the handout. However, what is most important is to help young people prepare their agenda and the messages they want to get across.

You can use Slide 15 to create a discussion about the following points.

For example, a young person may be worrying that the interviewer will ask them whether they have ever been evicted from a flat for difficult behaviour, to which they would have to answer ‘yes’. It is much better for them to prepare for this, so they might calmly reply: ‘Yes, when I was younger this happened to me – sadly it was because I wasn’t prepared properly for living on my own and I didn’t realise that playing my music so loudly would upset my neighbours. That’s why I think it’s so important for other young people preparing to leave care to have as much help as possible for living by themselves … which is why I’m involved in this campaign …’ 

Your preparation

  • Know your own agenda and why you are doing this
  • Identify one or two key points you want to get across
  • Prepare examples and anecdotes carefully
  • Imagine you are the interviewer – what questions do you think the listeners want you to ask?
  • Think about ‘difficult’ questions and what you will say or do if the interviewer asks you these
  • Practise beforehand with a friend or colleague
Slide 15: sample text:

Traditionally, people were taught on media training courses to prepare three key messages, but it’s usually easier to have one – or at the most, two – key messages).

In this example Jenny stays very clearly focused on her key messages and isn’t afraid to correct negative assumptions made by the interviewer.

From media training with Voices from Care Cymru, commissioned by SCIE