So you’ve received a call-back from a company you applied with and now you’re gearing up for your job interview. You might not know the exact questions that are going to be asked, but the more you prepare for the interview, the better you come across. Here are some interview tips and advice for your broadcast media career and those all-important job interviews.
Education and Work Experience
This is a question you are going to receive early on in the interview process. The interviewer might look over your resume a bit, but you always want to highlight the quality of your education and what you focused on. Go into what you specialized in, if you worked with ad campaigns, mass media or any sort of film conversion.
Not everyone has worked with a film to digital transfer or film color correction, which can be valuable, depending on the company. Perhaps you’ve worked with live production graphics, such as sporting events. This shows you can work under pressure. Highlight your best skills.
You are looking for a job in broadcast media, so naturally they are going to ask about your technical experience. Even if you are applying for a job as an on-air journalist, you might have assignments on your own, which means knowing how to handle different kinds of camera gear is important.
You should also point out computer programming and hardware you’re experienced with or if you have any special technical training certificates that demonstrate how proficient you are with different pieces of hardware. Employers will be glad to know they won’t have to provide you with too much on the job training.
Additional Training and Certifications
The more additional training and certifications you have, the more desirable you are and the better your interview is going to go. This is also why you should consider obtaining added certificates outside of your broadcast degree.
Certification programs offered by the software or hardware manufacturers themselves dive deepest into how their materials work. Anyone can say they know a program or piece of hardware, but if the company that produces the hardware or software declares you proficient with it by awarding you a certification, this speaks volumes.
By using these tips to prepare for your interview, you’ll be ready to highlight the talent, skills and hands-on experience you can bring to a company.