Knowing how to speak eloquently about your experiences, accomplishments and career goals is crucial in an interview process. Preparing for an interview by researching the organization, identifying key factors, and practicing will help you make a solid impression.
RESERVE THE INTERVIEW ROOM
The Institute for Music Leadership has an Interview Room available for the Eastman School of Music community. If you want to set-up an in person interview or have an online/phone interview scheduled, this space is for your use! The room has sound proofing, direct internet connection, and a technological set-up including a computer, large TV screen, camera and microphone. Note: The space is only available when the IML office is open: Monday-Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm.
Structured vs. Unstructured Interviews
Structured interviews usually include a list of predetermined questions by the panel used to rate each candidate objectively. The sessions range from 20-30 minutes and usually involve Skype or phone. Time limits may discourage the interviewing panel/committee from responding to your answers, so don’t let a lack of feedback surprise you. Here is a list of generic and specific music-related questions you may be asked: Sample Interview Questions.
Unstructured interviews are more conversational in nature and often take longer than 30 minutes, occurring over lunch or another event. Even though they feel less formal, treat them with the utmost professionalism. You will benefit by having more time to answer, the opportunity to expound upon answers, and have committee members provide feedback or follow-up questions.
✓ Give equal attention to all parts of a questions.
✓ Be specific, sharing detailed experiences, actions, and beliefs.
✓ Focus on your strengths and the positive contributions you make using examples that demonstrate your skills, efficacy, and expertise.
✓ If you don’t have previous work experience, indicate your relevant skills, nearest level of training, and your willingness to learn.
✓ Always ask a question or two at the end of the interview. These show that you have have thoughtfully considered aspects of the position.
✓ Be yourself! Speak genuinely and show your enthusiasm.
Here is a list of generic and specific music-related questions you may be asked: Sample Interview Questions