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."
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.
"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)."
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.
"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)."
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.
"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."
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.
"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)."
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.
"I wish to grow within the company and acquire further skills related to sound engineering. I hope to become an expert in my field."
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.
"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."
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.
"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."
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.
"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)."
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.
"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."
Tell the interviewer what you do to handle situations calmly despite the high stress level by providing an example to support your position.
"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."
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.
"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)."
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.
"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."
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.
"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)."
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.
"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."
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.
"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)."
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.
"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)."
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.
"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."
Tell the interviewer your greatest weakness which can nevertheless benefit you in this position.
"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."
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).
"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."
Tell the interviewer your strengths including your qualities and educational/professional qualifications and how they will benefit you in this role.
"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."
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.
"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."
Sound engineering technicians are experts in the field of sound engineering and audio production. They work behind the scenes at live performances and audio recordings to set up and operate the audio equipment and ensure that the sound and audio production quality are top-notch. In the case of any technical snag at the venue, the sound engineering technician does the necessary troubleshooting and repairs the fault.
There is no mandatory educational requirement for this field but completing a diploma, certification or associate's degree in sound engineering, audio production or a related field can open up employment opportunities. Sound engineering technicians must have thorough knowledge and expertise in setting up and repairing audio equipment and recording software. They must also have good hand-eye coordination and excellent analytical, and problem-solving skills. Physical strength and dexterity are also important.
One of the first questions you are likely to be asked at the interview will be concerning your experience. Doing an internship will help you gain the necessary work experience and become more familiar with all the tasks involved so you can answer all job-related questions more confidently. You can find several more questions listed at Mock Questions. As part of your interview preparation, it is a good idea to go through these questions and think about you will answer them.