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So you got a job interview? Congratulations! That must be quite the resume you’ve put together. But now it’s time to think about the next step … The dreaded interview. There is no denying that breaking into the art industry is tough, which is why you need to be prepared to ace your interview to land that open role you’ve been seeking.
Here are 10 tips to help you prepare for that dream art world job.
1. Why did you apply for the role?
This will probably be the interviewer’s first question. Whatever the reason, it’s important to know your “why” and be ready to talk it through. Be sure to practice this answer before the interview, so you get off to a good start.
2. Why do you want to work for the company?
Interviewers may ask this question to help figure out how you would fit in with the culture at their company, or to understand your motivations in applying for the job and whether you’re likely to stay in the role for a while. So, this question will give you the ability to show off how much research you have done to show that you are passionate for the role in question. Don’t tell them who and what they are by basically reciting the about us page from the website; they already know that. Tell them what makes the company appealing to you.
3. Practice your speaking voice and body language
Your body language and speaking voice can have a significant impact on how you’re perceived, and so you have to be aware of it from the moment you step through the door. Make eye contact, smile and quickly get on good terms with your interviewer by matching their positive body language. You can practice this at home in front of the mirror before the big day.
4. How will you add value to the company?
This question gives you an opportunity to explain what makes you stand out among all the other candidates and how you will be an asset to that particular company. If you’re asked about what you can contribute to the organisation, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to convince the interviewer that you are perfect for the role. Talk about your strengths and what makes you the best candidate for the role.
5. Know your own resume/ portfolio inside out.
Your resume will come up a lot in your interview. The interviewer will use it to fuel their questions, so you need to be ready to address everything in a way that backs up what you have down on paper. Print out copies of your resume (and portfolio if needed) and read through them thoroughly to etch them in your memory.
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6. Know your expectation of salary, benefits, bonus and commissions.
Try to find out what fair market value is by looking on websites such as Glassdoor or asking friends who are in a similar role. Otherwise if you are looking for a role with a recruiter ask them what your salary should be.
7. Know what your current employment notice period is and what your start date can be.
This can vary from role to role. So, it is important for you to be sure before you answer when you can start in the interview.
8. Know how to answer behavioral questions using C.A.R.L.
(Context, Action, Result, Learning)
9. Know something about the workplace culture in advance.
Connect with current and former employees on LinkedIn and again review Glassdoor.
10. Know the background of your interviewer(s).
You should find out who the interviewer will be. This will give you an advantage during the interview because you’ll have a better chance of connecting with them and sparking a meaningful conversation. Review social media, LinkedIn, Google and the company team page. This will help you learn about the interviewer’s background, their position with the company, and even some common interests you both share.
11. Prepare some questions of your own
Job interviews are a two-way street. You’ll be given the opportunity to ask a few questions of your own during the interview and you’ll be expected to take them. But don’t just ask questions for the sake of it. This part of the interview can make or break you. Think carefully about what to ask. Your questions should show your interest in the role and the company.
12. Plan your journey
Do you know where the company is located? How does it take to get there? How are you getting there — car or public transport? Plan your journey ahead of time, so you are not late.
13. Sleep well
You’re bound to be excited or nervous the night before the interview, but you should try your best to get a good night’s sleep, ideally a good eight hours.
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14. Look the part
Get your outfit ready the night before the interview. Read here to discover outfit tips that will boost your career prospects.
15. Get the inside scoop
It is also always a good idea to be knowledgeable about the company’s latest news and updates. Most companies have a page on their website dedicated to press releases and events. This is a great source for you to find out information regarding the company’s latest news and updates.
Most importantly, know that if YOU are prepared and are simply yourself. You have just as much chance as anybody else. Good luck!
Text by Peigi Mackillop