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Tell me how you organize, plan, and prioritize your work.
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Tell the interviewer about your organizational and time management skills in a work environment by providing an example of your capabilities. Provide an example in a professional or volunteer capacity, or alternatively in a university setting to illustrate you have experience successfully completing duties and that you are strategic in your approach.
"I believe excellent organizational and time management skills are essential to successfully perform in any position. For example, if I have to perform numerous duties in a short period of time, I need to know how to prioritize and meet the respective deadlines. I will use lists to keep track of upcoming duties and a calendar to keep track of deadlines. To ensure my duties are successfully completed, I follow up with the relevant parties, and do no hesitate to adjust my approach - and work - should it be necessary."
What areas of sound engineering would you like to improve upon?
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Tell the interviewer an area or areas of sound engineering you would live to improve upon, based on the job posting, by emphasizing some of your strengths or past/equivalent experience that will enable you to nevertheless be successful in this role.
"The areas of sound engineering I would like to improve upon are (X areas as per the job posting) because I don't have experience with these areas in a professional capacity. However, I have experience with these areas in a volunteer capacity, even though minimal, as I (X equivalent experience in a volunteer capacity). Because of this experience, I know I will be able to successfully perform in a work environment while developing my skills in these areas."
Always review the job posting, company website and social media pages before an interview to familiarize with the work involved and services offered by the company.
Answer this question by, e.g., mentioning a past project or initiative completed by the company to demonstrate you wish to go in the same direction the company already went in. Add the reasons this project or initiative seems so exciting.
"One of the reasons I would love to work for you is because numerous opportunities for growth are available at your company, such as (X past project/initiative/leadership position you saw on their website or social media pages). This project/initiative/leadership position particularly interests me because (X reasons why this project/initiative/leadership position seems so exciting, such as ability to develop management skills, and so on)."
What was the most challenging task you encountered in your past job?
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Tell the interviewer about a past sound engineering task you have considered the most challenging. If you do not have sound engineering experience, mention a challenging task in another position/capacity, which could be relevant in the capacity of Sound Engineering Technician.
"The most challenging task I have performed is (X challenging task). It was challenging because I had to complete a large number of duties on very tight deadlines, but I nevertheless successfully completed the task. Because I have such great organizational and time management skills, I know I will be able to successfully complete any challenging work as a Sound Engineering Technician."
Tell the interviewer the degrees and certifications that you have, by emphasizing the ones that will help you succeed in this role.
"I have a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from the University of Florida and a Sound Engineering Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania. Based upon these courses of study, I know that these qualifications will undoubtedly help me be highly successful on the job."
6. Tell me about your experience. Answer this question by mentioning your sound engineering experience in any capacity, i.e., even in positions you did not work as a Sound Engineering Technician. Here is an answer example: "I worked as (X position title) for (X company) where I was responsible for (X duties). I also performed sound engineering duties at (X company). I was officially hired as a/an (X title) but also performed (X sound engineering duties)."7. Tell me about your team playing skills. Should the interviewer ask you about team playing skills, these are likely to be required in this role, e.g., having to work on collaborative projects. As such, tell him/her about such skills by providing an example in a past role. Here is an answer example: "I thrive in a team environment and consider myself a team player. For instance, in my last role of (X position title) at (X company), we had to work on numerous collective projects on a weekly basis, such as (...) (X description of collaborative projects and how you contributed to the team's success)."8. How would your former or current employer describe you? Always review the job posting before an interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits the employer is seeking. Answer this question by mentioning some of the familiarity traits listed by providing an example in a professional setting. Here is an answer example: "My former employer would say that I am a highly meticulous individual and a very hard worker. I always review my work at least twice before submission and am one of the first employees in the office every morning."9. What do you know about our organization? Tell the interviewer about your knowledge of the company you applied for. It is imperative to always conduct your due diligence before an interview by reviewing the job description, company website and social media pages to familiarize yourself with the company and work involved. It is also important to show the interviewer you did not apply to the advertised position simply because you are looking for just any job, but that you wish to work for this company specifically. Here is an answer example: "I reviewed the job description and website before this interview and know you are a company specializing in (X services you noticed on the company website). I am particularly excited about (X programs/initiatives) that I saw on your (website/social media pages) as I (X reasons you are excited about these programs/initiatives, such as passion or similar initiatives undertaken in school or volunteer capacity)."10. What goals have you set yourself for the year? It is mandatory to review the company website and social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company, industry and services offered. Tell the interviewer about your goals as a professional, related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity present itself at another company. Here is an answer example: "I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to sound engineering. I hope to become an expert in my field."11. How does this position fit into your career goals? Answer this question by telling the interviewer what seems great about the company, e.g., their services, initiatives, growth opportunities, and so on. Make sure to answer by providing evidence that you did your due diligence before the interview (e.g., by mentioning something exciting you saw on the job posting, company website or social media pages), which demonstrates you are serious about working for this employer specifically and are not simply looking for any job. Link this evidence to your professional goals proving this position was made for you and it is one in which you will excel.
For instance, you can point to their seemingly friendly company culture as per some specific programs or initiatives you came across on their website, and say how friendly and how much of a team-player you are - and that this is exactly the type of work environment you are looking for. Here is an answer example: "I saw on your website that your company is participating in (X initiative). This is a great initiative contributing to the company morale by strengthening relationships while giving back to the community. I also hope to develop my team playing skills, which this position will allow me to do, and I hope to work with colleagues I will consider family."12. Where do you see yourself five years from now? Answer by telling the interviewer about your short-term goals, however by ensuring your goals are related to the position and company you applied for.
Should your short-term goals significantly differ from the position or company, the interviewer may assume you will leave eventually the position if hired, for a better opportunity at another company, should one presents itself. As a result, you may be instantly disqualified. Here is an answer example: "In five years from now, I would like to have grown within the company and having established myself as an expert. I hope to eventually move up the ladder and become a Manager or Team Lead within the department. I wish to commit to my employer and contribute to the company's success."13. In your opinion, what skills and qualities are required to be a good Sound Engineering Technician? Always review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits required from the successful incumbent.
Answer this question by mentioning a few skills qualities from the job posting, if provided, and provide an example of these skills and qualities in a professional capacity. Alternatively, provide your top skills and qualities, which you believe will highly benefit you in this role, and provide an example of these skills and qualities in a professional setting. Here is an answer example: "The top skills and qualities a Sound Engineering Technician should possess are time management skills, meticulousness and hardworking capabilities, which I possess. These skills and qualities served me well in my last position at (X company name) where I was employed as a/an (X position title). In this role, I (X confirmation as to how your skills and qualities benefited you in this role)."14. Should you be chosen for this role, when could you start? Tell the interviewer your availability with respect to a start date for this position, should you be hired.
Should you not have any date in mind, mention that you are available upon providing two weeks notice to your current employer - if employed. Never tell the employer you are available to start immediately if you are working for someone else. This shows a lack of respect toward your employer as you aren't providing adequate minimum notice for him or her to find a suitable replacement, and that you may do the same with this company should you be hired and should you decide to leave at a point in time. Leaving without providing adequate notice may be held against you.
Should you be unemployed at the time of the interview, tell the interviewer that you are available to start immediately as you do not have any professional commitment. Here is an answer example: "As you know, I am currently employed. As such, I am available to start a new position within two weeks upon having resigned from my current position."15. Being a Sound Engineering Technician will require you to deliver on tight deadlines from time to time. Do you work well under pressure? Tell the interviewer what you do to handle situations calmly despite the high stress level by providing an example to support your position. Here is an answer example: "I always remain calm and look for ways to be more efficient. For instance, if there is an unexpected deadline, I will determine what can be done to ensure the deadline can be met, I will write down the steps to take to ensure successful completion and will delegate a few tasks if necessary. In brief, I am always ready to adjust my approach because stressful situations are bound to occur in a professional environment."16. Share an experience you had in dealing with a difficult individual and how you handled - or would handle - the situation. Answer this question by providing examples of your customer service and relationship building skills. Furthermore mention your ability to work under pressure while remaining calm, collected and professional at all times. Lastly, provide an example of a situation reflecting your ability to handle a difficult individual. Here is an answer example: "I remain calm and professional as I must ensure to adequately represent the company at all times. I calmly listen to the individual, and then do my very best to assist him/her in a timely fashion. Should I be unable to solve his/her issues, I immediately get in touch with my superior, or a more experienced colleague should my supervisor be unavailable. An example of a situation with a difficult individual is (X situation) when working as a/an (X position title) for (X company). (.... X details regarding the situation and how you respectfully and successfully handled the situation)."17. Where are your long term career goals? Tell the interviewer about your career goals in ~seven to ten years from now. Ensure to link your career goals to the company you are applying for to show the interviewer you can be a long-term asset for the company and that you are looking for stability. Here is an answer example: "In seven to ten years from now, for instance, I would like to have grown within the same company I started off with, having acquired skills enabling me to establish myself as a company expert. I would love to be responsible for more managerial duties and ultimately lead a team of professionals."18. Give me an example of when you thought outside of the box. How did it help your employer? Tell the interviewer about the accomplishment you are the most proud of, one when you thought outside of the box, preferably in a professional capacity and related to the position you are applying for. Alternatively, provide any accomplishment in another professional capacity, in a volunteer capacity, or in a university setting. Here is an answer example: "An example of when I thought outside of the box, one accomplishment I am particularly proud of, is managing a very large project on a very tight deadline while employed for (X company) as (X position title). To successfully do so despite the amount of work, I (... detailed information pertaining to this project, e.g., how you used your creativity to achieve your goals, what the ultimate outcome was and how satisfied your employer was)."19. What is the biggest difference you have made in your most recent position? Tell the interviewer about your ability to influence the outcome of a project by virtue of your goal-oriented skills, preferably in a professional capacity and related to the position you are applying for. Alternatively, provide an example in another professional capacity, in a volunteer capacity, or in a university setting. Here is an answer example: "The biggest difference I have made was when working for (X company) as (X position title), and I was responsible for managing a very large project on a very tight deadline. To ensure to meet all expectations, I recruited a team of volunteers in addition to my existing team members to enable us to complete the work without having to work overnight. I am proud to say we successfully completed the project by a timely fashion."20. Why did you decide to pursue a career as a Sound Engineering Technician? Provide an answer as to the reasons that led you to pursue this career, and link this answer to the position you are applying for - so as to demonstrate your chosen career field/original career goal is in line with this role. Here is an answer example: "I decided to pursue a career as a Sound Engineering Technician because I (X reasons for pursuing that career, such as passion for engineering and why, and having realized while in university that you had the relevant skillset, such as (X skills listed on the job posting and developed extensively in a previous position)."21. What separates a good Sound Engineering Technician from an excellent Sound Engineering Technician? Always review the job description before the interview to familiarize yourself with the personality traits required from the successful incumbent.
Answer this question by mentioning top skills from the job posting, if provided, and provide an example of these skills in a professional capacity. Alternatively, provide your top skills that you have - and that you believe a great Sound Engineering Technician must have - which you believe will highly benefit you in this role, and provide an example of these skills in a professional setting. Here is an answer example: "What separates a good Sound Engineering Technician from an excellent Sound Engineering Technician is the level of dedication one has, and I can proudly say I have a very high dedication level. For instance, in my position of (X position title) for (X company), I (X duties performed confirming your high dedication level, relevant to the job posting/position you applied for to demonstrate you already possess the capabilities for this role, and how it contributed to your success)."22. What kind of equipment have you used in past projects, and what is your favorite equipment to work on? Ensure to review the job posting before the interview to familiarize yourself with the knowledge of pieces of equipment required for this role, and try to mention one (or several) of the pieces of equipment listed (should you be knowledgeable in any of those listed).
Should none be listed, mention the ones you use the most by emphasizing that you will remain willing to undertake training as required by the employer. This will show commitment to the employer and that you are serious about this position. Here is an answer example: "I have used (X piece of equipment) in (X context) and (X piece of equipment) in (X context), the latter which is my favorite because (X reasons, such as easy use). However, I read on your job posting that you require knowledge of (X piece of equipment). I am not very familiar with this piece of equipment but am absolutely willing to undertake training."23. What is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to improve it? Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless benefit you in this position. Here is an answer example: "I am sometimes overly independent and incredibly meticulous as I am used to completing projects on my own instead of delegating them, to complete them in a quicker fashion. But I came to realize that I am working as part of a team of highly educated individuals who are as capable as I am and whose perspective can be greatly valuable. As such, I try to seek my colleagues' input as much as possible as we are all working to benefit the company."24. What is your greatest strength, and how will it help you as a sound engineer? Tell the interviewer your greatest strength which you believe will help you be successful in this role, as per the job posting (i.e., a duty included on the posting). Here is an answer example: "I have strong project management skills which will absolutely benefit me in this role as I will easily be able to complete all projects within given timelines."25. Why are you the best Sound Engineering Technician for us? Tell the interviewer your strengths including your qualities and educational/professional qualifications and how they will benefit you in this role. Here is an answer example: "In addition to my educational qualifications and experience which I believed prepared me for this role, I am a hard-worker, a team player and work tirelessly to get the job done. I thrive on challenges and always remain extremely committed to the success of any project."26. What are your career goals as a Sound Engineering Technician? Tell the interviewer about your career goals related to the company you are applying for, and by ensuring to emphasize you wish to grow within the organization. The interviewer wants to ensure you will commit to the employer and will not leave should another opportunity presents itself at another company.
It is mandatory to review the company website and social media pages before the interview to familiarize yourself with the company, industry and services offered. Here is an answer example: "I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to sound engineering. In a few years, I would love to have moved up the ladder, having acquired managerial skills and managing a team of technicians. I also saw on your website that you (X initiative/program that sparked your interest). This is a program/initiative I would also love to get involved in as I am extremely passionate about this program/initiative."
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