No matter what the interview’s for, the nerves are the same. Yes, they manifest in different ways (one person’s nervous laughter is another person’s uncontrollable eye twitch), but they can all be overcome by preparing yourself properly.
Here are our interview preparation tips:
- Research the organisation or music school that you’re hoping to join – especially the department(s) you’ll be involved with. This will show that you’re actually interested in the place, and haven’t simply applied because family or friends have told you to.
- Think of questions to ask the interviewer. For example, if you’re applying for a place at a music school, you could ask about the live performance opportunities. (We have heaps at AIM.) They don’t have to be cleverly complex questions – just things that prove you’re keen.
- Don’t lie about your skills. If you’ve told the truth on your resumé, you won’t need to have a good memory. Figure out beforehand how each of your skills relates to the position, or how they’d complement the music school you’re applying for, and the benefits you’d bring.
- Remember to listen. It’s easy to get carried away describing your skills and experience, and before you know it, you’ve forgotten what the original question was. Listen to the interviewer, especially at the start of the interview, when they might describe the company or the position. (So then you won’t be asking questions that they’ve already answered!)
- Dress to impress. This is the fastest way to make a great first impression. If you look like you’ve just rolled out of bed, you won’t be taken too seriously.
- This might sound silly, but plan your outfit in advance. This allows your mind to focus on other things, rather than stressing out right before the interview because your favourite shirt is in the wash.
- Don’t be late. This comes right after point number 5 for being one of the easiest ways to impress. Arriving five minutes early is generally a good rule of thumb. Don’t arrive much earlier than that though, otherwise there’s a chance your interviewer will still be eating their toasted sandwich.
If you have any questions about your upcoming AIM interview? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and our team will be happy to answer them!
Finally, once the interview is done and dusted, don’t be discouraged if you’re not successful. Try not to take it personally – you never know what the interviewer is looking for, or who you’re competing with. It’s all good experience, and you’ll become less nervous with each interview.