Feeling anxious before an interview is a very normal part of the process.
Maybe you feel unqualified. Maybe you feel like you'll waste everyone's time, or feel like you'll actually have to choose between offers. These assumptions are normal, especially if you are inexperienced, here are some important things to remember to help you ease your fears.
Practice makes perfect
If you're starting out in an industry, it's very common to feel like you haven't prepared enough. From going to interviews, you will begin to know the types of questions employers will ask you in an interview, as well as how you should present yourself and what types of things you value about a working environment. This will help your preparation for future interviews and in turn, help you feel more at ease
You're there for a reason
When you get granted an interview, all of the hard work you have put in so far, placed on your CV or portfolio has been noticed by a potential employer. It is normal to feel like you're punching above your weight, but the music industry is ridiculously competitive, and employers can have very high standards. An interview request shows that your abilities on paper meet those standards, it's just about meeting you!
Connections are everything.
Virtually all candidates who interview gain connections and information. Meeting someone face to face, virtually, virtually or physically, is the best way to gain experience on whether you would want to work for that company and that person interviewing could become really beneficial to you in the near future.
Don't write off the interview opportunity just yet. Above anything else, you may gain a new connection for your network.
It's good to have options!
If you land more than one interview, great! The idea of potentially having to choose between offers can seem stressful. Having to weigh up the pros and cons and then make a decision may deter you from taking an interview. The music industry is a very competitive industry, and an interview for a role is very sought after. If you have more than one company looking to book a time, there is clearly something that a potential employer sees in you, and having options can reduce the pressure in finding a role overall!
Still feeling a bit nervous?
If you do feel unprepared for an interview and would like to know more to prepare yourself, check out our dedicated music industry page for more tips and opportunities
About Handle Recruitment
Finding a new permanent or temporary opportunity at a great brand should be enjoyable & working with great people non-negotiable. We believe that everyone should be able to fulfil their potential and we have been helping great brands improve their talent processes and attract exceptional people since 1978.
We provide leading entertainment companies, social networks, global media brands, sports bodies, retailers, and tech platforms with talent solutions that make a difference. Our consultants focus on a unique specialism, from Finance, to Sales, Marketing, HR, Legal, Office Support, and Tech but are tied together by the industries we support.