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How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

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  1. 1.

    How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

      The Beggars Group would like to know what motivates you to be an over-achiever in the workplace. We all want recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Perhaps you enjoy surprise gifts, financial perks, public attention, kind words, added responsibilities, or title promotions. Share with the interviewer how you would like recognition for your hard work.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am a highly competitive person who is compensation driven. I like to recognition for my accomplishments through monetary bonus' or contests where the stakes are high."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "It is easy to motivate me. I do not require any formal recognition, but kind words from my coworkers and superiors will keep me motivated and working hard."

  2. 2.

    On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate your technical abilities?

      The Beggars Group would like to know how you rate your technical skills. Likely, they will mention specific tech skills in the job posting or job description. First, on a scale of 1-10, discuss how skilled are you in their tech requirements. Try to avoid giving yourself a 10, since nobody is perfect, and you do not want to come across as overly confident or someone who has no room for feedback and improvement. Alternately, avoid giving yourself too little credit. You do not want to paint the picture that you are a tech dud! Try to remain in the 7.5-9.5 range while staying honest and accurate. Be sure to list which programs, apps, or systems in which you shine!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I rate my technical skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as savvy as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my ability to pick up new tech very easily. I would say I'm strongest in Python and am getting better every day."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I will rate myself an eight because I value strong technical capabilities but, just like most people, I have things to learn. My strongest technical skills are in the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint."

  3. 3.

    Name three artists you believe will have a breakthrough this year.

      The interviewer wants to see that you follow the music industry and that you have a genuine interest in what they do at The Beggars Group. If possible, come prepared to discuss artists from this particular label. This type of example will show the interviewer that you have done your homework on their company and who they represent.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Three artists under The Beggars Group whom I believe will have a breakthrough this year include (list hot new artists). The marketing efforts put into their latest releases and the fact that they have had successful collaborations with other artists on your label are strong indicators of future success."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The artists that have caught my eye this year include (list hot new artists). I think it's great that The Beggars Group has put a lot of emphasis on finding new and diverse talent throughout multiple musical genres. I look forward to seeing these artists flourish in their careers."

  4. 4.

    Have you ever worked in a cross-functional environment?

      Working for a large company such as The Beggars Group, you will be asked to work on a project with teams from another department. Your ability to work with cross-functional teams will be a significant asset.

      Maybe you headed a project which required you to collaborate with the members of the sales teams. You may have had the opportunity to organize a volunteer activity or team building exercise, company-wide. Share any challenges that came up and what you learned from the experience.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Exposure to cross-functional teamwork in my current position is widespread. I believe that when expectations are communicated clearly from the beginning, a cross-functional team project can be very successful. I go into these types of projects with an understanding that everyone has their strengths and limitations based on their expertise and job function."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Nearly every project that I submit, as a 4th-year university student, is in collaboration with another group of students. I like this because it creates a broader resource base and encourages teamwork."

  5. 5.

    What is your personal mission statement?

      The Beggars Group has built a successful business on the mission of allowing their artists the time to develop, affording them freedom and support, releasing the best the decade had to offer. Now, they want to know what your personal mission statement is. Not everyone has a mission statement or personal mantra just off the cuff. In business, especially when entering leadership, this is an important question to ponder. Do you have a quote that inspires you or a saying that you grew up with that resonates with you?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My mission is always to be a person in business that others can look up to. It is important to me that I create a legacy of integrity."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I heard a funny mantra the other day, 'I want to be the kind of person my dog already thinks I am.' As cute as it is, it is true. I want to be kind-hearted to my co-workers, understanding, and reliable."

  6. 6.

    What are your 3 favorite forms of entertainment?

      The interviewer would like to know the types of media and entertainment that you enjoy consuming regularly. Talk to the interviewer about your favorite forms of entertainment and be sure to include why they are your top choice.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My favorite forms of entertainment have always been watching reality tv, listening to podcasts, and going to concerts. I have always wanted to become a music writer and journalist, and find that these forms of entertainment spark my creativity and keep me informed on trends in the entertainment industry."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are so many great forms of entertainment media available to us. I am more traditional and would say that my favorite forms still include print media such as music magazines, documentaries, and podcasts that focus on the entertainment industry."

  7. 7.

    Who is your favorite band or musician, represented by The Beggars Group? Why are they your favorite?

      Having an answer to this means that you have to have conducted a fair amount of research on The Beggars Group before going into your interview. Think of the music that you listen to the most, and be sure The Beggars Group represents them. You can chat a bit about why you like this band or musician, and what you hope to see more of, from them, soon. Be sure to exude positivity and enthusiasm in your response!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My favorite musician represented by The Beggars Group would be Grimes. I like her because of her longevity in the music industry, considering she has been releasing music since the early 2000s. Being a fellow Canadian, of course, I am a fan, and I was thrilled when she received the Juno Award for Electronic Album of the Year in 2012."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The Beggars Group has signed Torres, and I cannot get enough of her music lately! The sound transcends musical genres. I also appreciate how transparent she is about where her inspiration is sourced from her adoption to her religious upbringing."

  8. 8.

    When a significant problem arises, what is your first reaction?

      The interviewer at The Beggars Group wants to know if your reactions to problems reflect maturity and professionalism. How you react will significantly determine how you fit with their existing team.

      Perhaps your computer crashes, and you realize you may have just lost all of your hard work. Or maybe you are limited on time and have a deadline rapidly approaching. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you take a very systematic approach to problem-solving, rather than reacting impulsively when a problem occurs.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Depending on the situation, I will gather my resources and team and collaborate on making the necessary happen on a shortened timeline so that we can deliver our results in the most efficient manner possible. Usually, we learn something about ourselves, the team, or a more effective approach to the next problem in the process."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When a major problem arises, my first instinct is to jump in and fix the issue. I am a do-er and also think in a reverse-engineering manner. I start with the desired result and work my way backward. From there, I figure out where the snag occurred."

  9. 9.

    In your opinion, what is the most influential form of media today?

      Have a meaningful conversation with the interviewer on media influence. With so many forms of media out there, which do you feel is the most influential at the moment? Be sure to back your answer.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that the most influential form of media today is social media and online content. As a whole, the human race wants fast, easy to consume, entertainment news. Our rate of consumption is unprecedented, and the fastest way to access it is through online content sharing."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are many important forms of media today - so many, in fact, that people seem to be getting overwhelmed. I would still say that traditional media, in the form of television and the daily news, is at the top when it comes to the number of people influenced and the quality of the content distributed."

  10. 10.

    From your knowledge, what is the primary purpose of a record label?

      Record labels such as The Beggars Group have a few purposes, which include:

      - Marketing of recorded music
      - Marketing of music videos
      - New artist recruitment & development
      - Music publishing
      - Copyright enforcement
      - Distribution

      Discuss what you believe to be the primary purpose of a record label.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe the purpose of a record label is to coordinate the production and manufacturing of a musical artist or band's work. A label will then lead efforts in marketing, promotion, and distribution. Copyright enforcement on behalf of the artists, their songs, and their videos is also a large part of a record label's job. Lastly, record labels and their scouts actively work on talent scouting and the development of new artists."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The primary purpose of a label is to sign talented artists and then represent their work. These efforts could include marketing, campaigns, promotions, and even distribution. A record label also works hard to protect copywritten material on behalf of the artists."

  11. 11.

    Why should The Beggars Group hire you?

      Interviewers at The Beggars Group want to hear about that one unique skill that sets you apart from the other candidates applying for this job. Think of your answer as your 'elevator pitch' or your qualifying statement. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask a few friends or family members what they feel sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived.

      Perhaps you already know what sets you apart! This skill could include any industry accolades, exceptional achievements, new music or entertainment related training, a second language, or how involved you are in the community. Don't be afraid to brag about yourself a bit. In an interview, you are your most influential advocate.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I know that my years in sales, freelancing as a marketer, and working on different marketing campaigns have prepared me to be a great asset to your team. I believe that I am the best fit for the role because of my experience, passion for media marketing, and more specifically, excitement for music and entertainment. Having been an avid fan of many of your artists, I know that I will be able to bring more fire and energy to the role than my fellow applicants, and am certain that I am the right fit for your team."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "You should hire me because of the qualifications I bring through my recent degree in Entertainment Law. I am passionate about the music industry and the rights of artists and recording labels, alike. I am excited about the idea of delivering value to The Beggars Grou."

  12. 12.

    Do you know anyone who works for The Beggars Group?

      Did you know that people with a friend at work are 7x more likely to engage in their work fully? (Source: Forbes) The interviewer would like to see if a friend referred you to this position, a former co-worker, or an industry acquaintance. This question is another way of the interviewer asking where you heard about the role, and if you have any connections from within. The BeggarsGroup may also have employee referral programs. You can keep your answer brief and to the point.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am friends with a professional recruiter who recommend that I check out your company's job postings. She mentioned that you had an excellent reputation and that everyone she has placed with your company has seen long tenure."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My best friend referred me to this job posting. She is one of the interns at XL Recordings; Jessica Smith. She has said some incredible things about The Beggar Grou, all which prompted me to apply!"

  13. 13.

    What do you think about the future of record labels?

      Since you are interviewing at The Beggars Group, it would be in your best interest to be prepared with some positive statements on record labels and their future outlook. Record companies have been around since the dawn, but there has been a lot of chatter regarding their footing in the entertainment industry. Speak to the interviewer about where you believe record labels will be, in the future.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe that record labels are a must for any serious artist and, because of that, companies like The Beggars Group aren't going anywhere. What we will be doing is pivoting our focus more digitally than we ever have before. The competition will continue to be fierce when it comes to online and social marketing efforts for artists; however, I am ready and prepared to bring the ingenuity and grit that it takes to remain a stand-out in the entertainment industry."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I see record labels relying less on dollars for records sold and more on royalties from streaming services, merchandise, and endorsements. I also foresee changes when it comes to ownership of intellectual property. Artists have more tools available to them to control outcomes now - many more than they had in the 1990s, for instance. In the future, I see a healthier collaboration between record labels and their artists."

  14. 14.

    The world of entertainment never sleeps. Are you willing to work long hours, evenings, weekends, and holidays?

      The interviewer wants assurance that you understand the work at The Beggars Group isn't just schmoozing, attending celebrity events and being a part of posh promotions. Working for a record label is hard work and requires grinding into the nights, weekends, and on holidays. Assure the interviewer that you are ready for this commitment.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I currently work 60+ hour work weeks with a 24/7 cell phone and am on my email most of the day. I am prepared to work long and hard hours, doing what it takes to succeed in the entertainment industry."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "As a recent graduate, I am well equipped and highly prepared for the fact that I need to work demanding weeks and long hours, to rise above the rest in this competitive industry."

  15. 15.

    What personality traits should a musical agent possess?

      Working in music and entertainment can be a tough gig that is worthy of only the most dedicated professionals. Some of the most sought-after characteristics in the industry include:

      - Persuasive & Strong Negotiator
      - Socially Intelligent & Self-Aware
      - Personable & Conversational
      - Trustworthy
      - Confident
      - Go-Getter Attitude

      Discuss the personality traits you believe a professional in the music industry should possess and be sure to address the fact that you will bring these skills to The Beggars Group.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "From reading your job description and knowing a fair amount about the entertainment industry I believe an entertainment professional like myself should be a go-getter, persuasive, and determined never to take no as an answer. We must be ready to hustle and get the job done no matter what it takes. With that said, there should also be a softer side as it's important to be approachable, honest, and transparent with clients and artists, alike."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe the most successful music industry pros are ones who seek knowledge, good relationships and get the job done. When you show confidence in what you do, you are overall more persuasive and will make a bigger impact in your work. I am a confident person with great focus and believe my personality will be an excellent match for The Beggars Group."

  16. 16.

    What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

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    Tell me about a time that you naturally took on a leadership role without being asked. Did you enjoy being a leader? Were you happy with the outcome?

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  18. 18.

    Do you prefer to be behind the scenes or in the limelight?

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  19. 19.

    How would you market an artist when you do not enjoy their work?

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  20. 20.

    Talk about a recent entertainment campaign that caught your eye.

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  21. 21.

    What do you know about The Beggars Group subsidiaries and labels?

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  22. 22.

    What is your favorite source for entertainment news and industry updates?

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  23. 23.

    Who are considered the 'Big 3' record labels, and how can The Beggars Group compete?

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  24. 24.

    What are some of the biggest challenges you would expect a record label or entertainment company to come across?

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  25. 25.

    What could The Beggars Group do to increase record sales for our lesser-known artists?

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  26. 26.

    With which sector of the music and entertainment industry are you least experienced?

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  27. 27.

    How does your post-secondary education apply to the music and entertainment industry?

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  28. 28.

    What are your career goals in the next 3-5 years with The Beggars Group?

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  29. 29.

    If The Beggars Group hired you today, what would you accomplish first?

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  30. 30.

    Where do you find new music?

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