'We would like to invite you to interview with our company.'
Everyone who has a dream job longs for that call or e-mail requesting them to attend an interview.
How do you prepare for the interview? Figuring this out is an essential part of the plan to join the creative industries.
Let's go through some tips that will help you prepare for the interview and turn that passion to profession.
1. Know why you want the job
People do not realize an interview is an opportunity for the interviewee to gauge whether he/she wants to work for the company. Prior to attending the interview, write down the pros and cons of getting that job. Does the job present better opportunities or hinder you from exploring more in the industry? Know what job works for you. A script writing starter gig does work for a filmmaking career.
2. Due Diligence
Research on the company and internalize the facts. Find out what the company does, who the clients are, what soft skills are required and how your expertise can come in handy for them. If they think you can add value, the job is yours. In an interview knowledge awakens confidence. Turning that passion to profession means researching, understanding and presenting what the potential employer wants to see and hear.
3. Creative CV
You are an artist. That gives you the power to create a curriculum vitae that stands out; in the best possible way. The normal and predicatble cv does not cut it in the creative industries. Put your skills to work. Create a cv reflecting who you are as an artist. Keep in mind that you need to be taken seriously, just like any other career, you are a professional.
We'll soon post on how to draft a creative cv/resume
4. Go an extra mile
Present actual work you have created or are working on. This is your opportunity to shine. Remember you most likely are in a list of potential employees. If it's graphic design, have infographics or fun typography posters that you designed. If you had taken up a photography course, present the pictures you took.
5. Be Authentic
As you prepare for the interview, put in mind that even people in the creative industries should present their true character. Do not fake an accent, resume or lifestyle. Be yourself. There is a reason you got the call for the interview. It is okay not to know everything; no one does. Stay true to your aesthetic as an artist.
This should help you prep for an interview. We'll soon post on interview ettiqute. Once you walk into the interview room, what should you do?
Learn why soft skills are even more important that your technical skills on this blog article.