I recently landed a new audio project, which is always a good thing! But what’s most interesting about this particular situation is the client talked to me about WHY I was picked, especially considering that some of the other candidates had way more experience than I did. Aside from the obivous things like matching style needs, scheduling, cost, etc, it came down to simple, common respect. Respect for the client hiring and respect for the application process itself. And, again, this is all according to what my client told me:
*One applicant was late to the interview and didn’t even apologize or awknowledge being late.
*One applicant came off as uninterested or somewhat distant/distracted during the interview (which was held via Skype).
*Another didn’t fit all of the requirements and wanted to bring in extra people adding to the costs, overall.
*Here’s one more from another interview experience I had years ago for an in-house position: The other applicant literally smelled like “old cheese.”
Interviewing can be a hard thing. It’s stressful! You’re on the spot and want to make a good impression. You might be nervous! I’ve heard tips on how to interview well most of my life but this recent experience reminded me that they actually DO apply! So don’t dismiss them!
*Be early to an interview.
*Be engaged. This is critical during phone or webcam interviews where it can become much easier to multi-task.
*Be presentable. Have good hygiene and take pride in your appearance!
You may or may not get the gig but don’t sabotage yourself by missing out on the easy things. Give yourself the best odds possible!