In the first part of ‘interview tips from an actor’, I covered the things you should consider physically when preparing for an interview; tackling nerves, articulation, and body language. For this part, I’ll discuss the more mental aspects of interview prep. Many skills I gained as an actor with a performance degree and professional training have applied to my everyday life, particularly in dealing with the interview process. So, here are a few key takeaways from the theatrical world to feel mentally prepared.
Research is so key in performance and character work. When performing The Cherry Orchard, you should ideally look up what life was like in 20th Century rural Russia to understand the play. It’s the same with interview prep; if you don’t know much about the company you’re interviewing for, or anything about who’s interviewing you, you won't feel 100% ready and you’ll be going into the interview on the back foot. There’s a set of questions you can think of that are used when doing character research and can definitely be manipulated for interview research.
Who? What? Why? And Where?
They’re simple questions but will give you plenty of information. So, do your own research online or, if you’ve been in touch with one of Harvey John’s expert consultants, they have a wealth of knowledge and insider tips to answer these questions. They’re always happy to talk through the information you need and help you in any way they can.
It may seem straightforward but just to spell it out, here are some ways you can use these questions!
Those are just examples of the information you can gather from having those simple questions in your mind when speaking to one our consultants and also in doing your own research!
2. Getting into Character
Now you may read this and think “character.. don’t people normally say to be yourself?” and you’d be absolutely right! However, what I’m saying is for you to work on a version of yourself that’s going to help you the most during the interview process.
As an actor, when I prepare for a role, I’ll make lists of what I think my character wants; the stakes for the character, any obstacles they may face, and how the character will get what they want. You can use this to help prepare yourself for an interview. Write down what you want from the interview (assuming the job is at the top of that list!), what the stakes are, or what the important information is, any obstacles that may get in your way (e.g. maybe you’re quite shy), and how you’re going to get what you want (e.g appearing confident and using the techniques from this blog!)
Visualisation is something that can help you look and feel the part. You can do this in several ways.
Alex Louise is a member of the Operations team at Harvey John and has an extensive acting background.
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