Cameras, Action - Next Candidate!
interviews and casting calls are very similar.
Interviewers and casting director, as well as their team
(casting crews and department managers), judge on
performance and appearance.
But, there is one major difference - your job interview
is based on real life. If your resume were a script and
your anticipated answers that you memorized the night
before fit perfectly with the anticipated questions
posed during the interview, you'd get hired on the spot.
That is because job interviews are designed to explain
what you've done in the past that demonstrates why you
would be a good fit for the position. You must come
across natural and sincere in order to be convincing.
It's not just about how you are speaking as much as it
is about what actually being said.
The best way to know what you should be saying is to
research the company and the requirements of the
position first. That way you will have a frame of
reference for how your experience would be applicable.
You will not need to over rehearse if you are the right
person for the job. You only need to think about what
they need and what you can do for them. The rest should
come naturally. If it doesn't come naturally, then
perhaps you do not have enough information or
experience, or you are just nervous.
Do visualization techniques if you are nervous or need a
boost of confidence. Think about yourself in that role.
Imagine your future boss approaching you to ask you to
do what is outlined in the job ad. Would you know what
they are talking about and how to go about it?
If you find that you get nervous just anticipating the
interview, you need to overcome these feelings. One way
is to sit alone in a quiet area and role play the parts
of both your interviewer and yourself. Make up questions
based on the job ad requirements. Rent interview books
from the libary and select common interview questions to
ask out loud.
You will be amazed at how different it is to ask the
questions out loud versus thinking them in your head.
Sit in front of a mirror and look straight in your own
eyes and answer the question. Or, as crazy as it might
sound, use a stuffed animal to talk to. The idea is that
you are focused and will practice speaking while holding
Your answers should be brief and addressthe questions
directly. Be careful not to say um too much or look
around the room while speaking. If you're not sure how
effective your 'performance' is, you can videotape
yourself or ask a friend or family member to role play
Whatever you do, make sure you research the company and
practice beforehand, but do not over rehearse canned
answers. Keep it real. You might just get the part!