Freelance MusicianThe Interview…Part 1 & 2 Chris Baker www.musicstudentinfo.com
Interview Exercise• Each learner will be interviewed for one of their chosen jobs.• The interviews will be filmed.• Learners will be expected to dress appropriately, show professionalism and be prepared.• Your responses in the interview should reflect your ability to describe, explain and comment critically on the importance of a professional approach to being freelance.
Purpose of the interview• To see if you match the requirements of the job.• These vary with different jobs.• May include:• Your personal qualities.• How well you express yourself.• Your motivation and enthusiasm.• Recruiters have an indication of these from your application but now the interview will assess you in person.
Purpose cont.• Chance to meet somebody from the organisation and assess them.• Are they offering what you want?• How you come across is as important as what you say.• Be yourself – if you have to put on a completely false act, is this the right job for you?
What are they looking for?• Standard method - is list of key competencies required in the job and then to match these to the candidates application.• US researchers found surprisingly the main factor in deciding which ones were selected was whether or not the candidate appeared to be a pleasant individual.
Preparation for the interview• Research - the area applied for.• Remind yourself why you are interested in this career, and this employer.• Enthusiasm.• Re-read your application.• Anticipate questions they will ask.• Think about any awkward points.• Prepare some questions.• Plan journey.• Leave plenty of time.• Dress neatly and smartly.
Preparation for the interview• Take a notepad and pen.• Research the employer. Google?• Size of the organization?• How long has it been in business?• Products and/or services offered?• Reputation or public image?
Preparation cont.• Who are its competitors?• Where is it based? Single or multiple locations? UK or multinational?• Organizational structure?• Future plans and prospects?• Organisational culture?• Types of training, development offered.
First impressionsthree quarters of interviews are lost within three minutes of entering theroom!•25% of interviewers were put off by a weak handshake or lackof eye contact.•24% by poor body language.•18% by poor posture.
First impressions cont.Quick judgments made about• Trustworthiness• Attractiveness• Likability• Competitiveness and aggressivenessInterviewers generally spend the rest of the interview confirming or denying these opinions
First Impressions• Shake hands firmly and warmly.• Wait to be invited to sit down.• A firm handshake = sociability, friendliness and dominance.• Weak handshakes = introversion, shyness & neuroticism.• Firm handshake more likely to be offered jobs.• Smile, keep eye contact.• Try to relax !• Speak clearly.• Dont fidget.
Nerves How to overcome them• Think that its not that important.• Preparation.• Visualisation.• Dress smartly + comfortably.• Start in a positive manner.• Dont worry too much.