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Audio Engineer Mock Interview

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What are you doing to keep current in technology?

How to Answer

An audio engineer is someone who is able to work well with technology, which is a field that is constantly changing. Through this answer, they should show that they stay up to date with technology and are always looking for ways to improve the way they work to produce the best quality product possible.



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List of 26 Audio Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    What are you doing to keep current in technology?

      How to Answer

      An audio engineer is someone who is able to work well with technology, which is a field that is constantly changing. Through this answer, they should show that they stay up to date with technology and are always looking for ways to improve the way they work to produce the best quality product possible.



      1st Answer Example

      "I am constantly talking to other engineers and reading blogs online about current and upcoming technologies. It is so important to stay up to date on this because we are the main sources at the station that people go to for technology questions, and I have to make sure I have the answers."

  • 2.

    Why have you chosen the audio industry instead of working with video as well?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should discuss why they have chosen to work in audio. Perhaps audio is a jumping-off point for the candidate to learn more about engineering, producing, or the news or radio industry. Or, perhaps the candidate truly is passionate about audio and wants to be a longtime audio editor. The candidate should talk about their passion and why this job will fuel what they love about audio.



      1st Answer Example

      "I chose to work in audio because down the line I want to work in the radio industry and run my own radio show. Having the knowledge of how to run the switchboard myself means that a radio station would only have to hire one person to do all of the audio and hosting duties, and that will make me a valuable person."

  • 3.

    Do you consider yourself good at fixing technology?

      How to Answer

      Part of the job description for an audio engineer is being able to remedy small engineering glitches that may occur before, during, or after a show. The engineer should be experienced working with an audio switchboard and able to try to fix any issue that comes up.



      1st Answer Example

      "I have always been the person who friends and family come to when they are having technology issues. I work well with computers and the audio switchboard, and can even help with other engineering fixes people at the station may have."

  • 4.

    How do you juggle listening to your subjects and taking direction from directors?

      How to Answer

      It is often difficult in the control room to juggle the responsibilities of running audio while there are so many people speaking orders as well. A good audio engineer is able to do their job while also listening to directors telling them to switch microphones, open and close certain ones, and bring up external audio as well. The candidate must prove to be someone who can juggle multiple responsibilities at once, even in high stress situations, and still work flawlessly.



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    How do you make each individual voice sound the best possible?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should discuss how they work with their clients and voice subjects to make their voice sound crisp and clear over the air. This involves checking microphones often, reducing any feedback that may create crackling, and having individual meetings with speakers to get a feel for their voice fluctuations and how to regulate it with the audio throughout their speaking.



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    How do you take criticism?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should discuss their experience working under a manager or boss and how they deal with receiving orders and sometimes criticism for their work. The candidate should discuss how they appreciate getting feedback from their manager and how they work well under someone's advisory. They also may talk about how criticism will make them ultimately a better worker.



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  • 7.

    What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      The salary of an audio engineer ranges job to job, depending on whether it is in the television market, radio market, or for private client business. On average, the starting salary for an audio engineer ranges from $20,000-$30,000 if the job is full time. Audio engineers can expect to make more after spending more time at the station or moving to a higher market or larger company. The candidate should take this time to discuss what they hope to make as a salary to come to an agreement with the hiring manager.



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  • 8.

    Do you consider yourself attentive to detail?

      How to Answer

      Working with audio requires audio engineers to pay close attention to sound detail that the average listener may not even notice. They must also be able to recognize over time small nuances in speakers' voices and how to adjust the audio accordingly so the best possible product is produced.



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  • 9.

    What is your experience editing audio?

      How to Answer

      Oftentimes, audio engineers not only control the audio booth for the speakers, but must edit the video in post-production to upload to websites, or give to a client. Candidates must have some experience editing, and should discuss their ability to edit sound with the hiring manager.



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  • 10.

    What is your least favorite part of the job?

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      The candidate should mention what they like least about the job, but should ultimately be positive about completing that task without issue.



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    What is your favorite part of the job?

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      The candidate should discuss what their favorite part of the job is and why they love it so much. This gives the hiring manager some insight as to what the candidate is most passionate about, and also sees how their best skills fit into the job description.



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  • 12.

    How does this position fit into your career aspirations?

      How to Answer

      Hiring managers are looking for a candidate who is excited to take the audio engineer position, but also has goals for the future. While they do not want to hire someone who expects to move on rapidly, they want someone who hopes to progress and grow in the position. The candidate should discuss how this position of audio engineer will help them get experience and improve so that they will be an even better member of the team someday.



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  • 13.

    What unique qualities do you have that makes you a good fit for this station?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should find specific qualities in their professional abilities and personality that make them a good fit to be an audio engineer. Some of these qualities include someone who pays attention to detail, someone who has a keen ear, someone who can think ahead and anticipate changing speakers, and someone who can think and act fast.



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  • 14.

    Why do you want a career as an audio engineer?

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      The candidate should discuss why they want to work as an audio engineer, and what in their life has lead them to want to pursue this career. They should talk about their prior experience in the field and work leading up to wanting to be an audio engineer, and how their passion for audio will make them the perfect candidate for the job.



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  • 15.

    What makes you passionate about being an Audio Engineer?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should discuss why they feel this job is the best fit for them based on their passions in life. The goal is to inspire the hiring manager and show their deep love for doing the job, and show that they would be a committed member of the team because of their desire for doing the job well.



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  • 16.

    Describe the most creative work related project you completed.

      How to Answer

      Although working an audio switch board does not leave much room for creativity, other aspects of the job call for some creative play. This includes during the post editing process, and even in certain technical ways of adjusting audio as the show goes on. The candidate can discuss some creative ways they have made audio their own.



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  • 17.

    Tell me about a time when you fell behind your work. How did it happen and how did you catch up?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should discuss a time where they struggled in their work. This could be a time where they worked overtime or had to work under a severe time crunch. It could also be a time where personal stressors made working slow and difficult. However, the candidate should ultimately talk positively about the experience and how they found a way to persevere because of their passion for the job.



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    Tell me about a time when you influenced the outcome of a project by taking a leadership role.

      How to Answer

      The candidate should discuss a time where they have lead a group of people or stepped up to make a team work for a common goal. This does not have to be specifically from the audio engineering industry, but should show some of the candidate's personality and how they may react in the job.



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  • 19.

    What are the steps you follow to study a problem before making a decision?

      How to Answer

      Problems audio engineers face may include technology issues, correcting audio, editing, and more. The candidate should discuss their process of resolving an issue, whether it is to ask for help or figure it out on their own. A hiring manager is looking for someone who is a natural problem solver and is able to resolve issues without hesitation. The candidate should discuss their problem solving abilities.



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  • 20.

    Do you consider yourself a leader?

      How to Answer

      While being an audio engineer requires following instruction, hiring managers are looking for a candidate who is not only qualified to do the job but also someone who others can look up to. The candidate must be driven to help a team and want to be a leader for others. The candidate should describe his or herself in terms of being a leader, and talk about how they can step up when the time is right.



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  • 21.

    How well do you work with a team?

      How to Answer

      A good audio engineer works well with a team and is able to balance doing their job well with working and compromising with a team at all times. The hiring manager wants to know if the candidate works well as a part of a team and can compromise and take instruction well without issue. The candidate should discuss their experience working with others and how their addition to a team benefits the whole company.



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  • 22.

    If I called your boss right now and asked him or her what is an area that you could improve on, what would he or she say?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should discuss something that they may need improvement on in the job and how they realize they need to make this improvement over time. The hiring manager wants to see that the candidate is aware of the places where they need improvement and aims to grow on their own.



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  • 23.

    Where do you see yourself five years from now?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should discuss their future as it pertains to the current job at hand. Although oftentimes audio engineers ultimately aspire to grow in their career and assume a larger role, they should remain positive about staying within the company to become a strong member of the team.



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  • 24.

    How do you evaluate success?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should respond by discussing their version of success, whether it be a tangible success of producing a great quality product, or an intangible one of being a trustworthy member of the team. The hiring manager is looking for someone who measures success in various ways but ultimately sees measure in doing a great job for the company.



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  • 25.

    What was your biggest disappointment as an audio engineer?

      How to Answer

      The candidate can mention any disappointment they have about being an audio engineer, from the salary, to the stress of the job. However, the candidate should ultimately talk positively about the job and how this disappointment can be remedied over time.



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  • 26.

    Describe a difficult project and how you overcame it?

      How to Answer

      The candidate should mention a time where their work was particularly difficult for them and how they ultimately succeeded and overcame it. This may be a time where multiple people were talking rapidly and the audio engineer had to keep audio levels in check, or a time during breaking news when they had to listen closely to the producer while doing the audio board. They should ultimately mention how they still produced their best work despite troubled times.



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