Sunday 22 March 2015

Curriculum Vitae - Interview Tips

Online CV: 
(WIP) Media Production Company website (with Alexis Gray and Jack Bates):
Photography Portfolio:

Interviewing Tips

Skills to Apply At Interviews - before an interview it is important to do some research about the company you are applying to, so that you can impress the interviewer with your knowledge of the company if you're given the opportunity to. Additionally, you should research the industry as well, such as new products and software that is being released, to show that you are knowledgable and up to date with the media industry. This will also enable you to be more confident.
It is also a good idea to practice answers to the most common questions that are asked in interviews, such as "What are your strengths?" or "What can you do for us that other candidates can't?" This allows you to answer the questions confidently without hesitating too much. Ensure that your answers closely relate to how the skills and experience you are talking about can make you good for the job.
For example, if you are applying for an editing job, talk about your previous projects, impress them with your knowledge of different editing softwares such as Premiere Pro and Sony Vegas Pro, and bring in a showreel to present to the interviewer. Similarly, if you are applying for a photography job, you could bring in some printed examples of your work, and talk about your ideas and understanding of the equipment/software.
One of the main questions that interviewers ask to catch people out is "What are your weaknesses?" When answering this question, it is bad to actually list weaknesses that could heavily affect your performance at work. Instead, name a weakness that only partially applies to the job, or describe a strength to make it sound like a weakness, for example: "I'm too passionate about film projects, so I become very frustrated when people don't work as hard as me to reach production deadlines." This both answers the question but also makes you sound like an ideal candidate for the job.

Self-presentation - Self-presentation is very important when going for a job interview. Applicants
should pay close attention to their personal grooming. For example, their hair should be neat and tidy, nails should be clean and cut short, breath and body odour should be fresh and pleasant. Shoes should be polished and in good repair, and clothing should be clean and neat. Interviewers often form opinions of their applicants based on their appearance, so ensuring that you look neat and professional is very important. Self-confidence is also very important to present yourself in a positive way. Rehearsing (practise answers to common interview questions), researching (learn about your potential employer), and preparing for the interview (print off required documents 24 hours early, arrange travel plans in advance) beforehand can help boost your confidence on the day.

Linguistic Codes - this refers to the way that you speak. In an interview for a media industry career, using appropriate subject terminology and language helps to show that you are knowledgeable about the industry, and are passionate about the subject you are talking about. Formal language is useful to use, as an interview is usually a formal setting, and formal language will show professionalism and respect for the interviewer.

Dress Codes - Appropriate dress codes for different interviews can vary, so it is advisable to ask in advance what the interviewer is expecting. Some company's dress codes are casual, relaxed clothing, but others stick to business attire. Clothing should draw little attention, so wearing too fashionable clothes or wearing too many accessories can be distracting. Blending in with the company atmosphere cause help the interviewer to visualize you as an employee there. In most cases, suitable interview attire is, for men, a suit and tie, and for women, a skirt/trousers paired with a collared shirt and blazer.

Interpersonal Skills - Finally, interpersonal skills are also known as people skills - they refer to the way you communicate and interact with other people. Interviewers will often ask their applicants questions based on finding out their interpersonal skills, for example, an applicant might be asked questions like, "What problems have you encountered at work?" or "Do you work well with other people?" Employers usually look for candidates that are skilled at working in a team, are persuasive and positive, are capable at problem solving, and are good at negotiating and networking.


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