Preparing for a job interview is your best weapon in landing your next full-time video editing gig. Getting ready for it is key to having a successful interview. Imagine a NFL quarterback before a playoff game. Do you think he is going to play without studying or practicing? No way. You have to do the same preparations. The steps below will help you crush your next job interview.

Gather stories from your resume

Your resume represents a 1-page paper version of you. It tells your story in a handful of well-crafted bullet points. However it only tells the most basic version of the journey your career has been on thus far. You must fill in the blanks during your interview.

Being a video editor means you know how to tell a great story. In a job interview you do this by telling exciting, relevant stories from experiences you’ve had that are listed on your resume.

Going into a job interview you can expect that the interviewer has at least read through your resume and is familiar with the basics – how long you’ve been in the industry, where you worked last, what software you’re proficient in, etc. That means you’ll inevitably be asked about some of your past experiences.

Before your interview read over what is on your resume. Then think of a few stories based on those experiences. Have something interesting to say about your work at a previous company. Even if it was a job organizing the dailies of a film you were bound to learn something or have a story to tell from your time there. A couple well thought out stories from your past will make you sound like someone who knows what they want to get out of their future employment.

Two last quick tips about your resume before moving onto the next topic. First, proofread your resume. Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors. Second, print at least three copies in case there are multiple interviewers.

 

 

Research the company and job position

Learn about the company and job position you are applying for. Most companies have About pages on their websites, Wikipedia pages, news articles written about them, press releases, and social media accounts. Read through as much of this as possible. Find out about what they’ve been up to recently like any awards they’ve won, conferences they’ve held, speaking appearances by the CEO, etc. Knowing this information and bringing it up or asking about it in your job interview will make you stand out as a serious candidate.

 

Learning about the job position is equally as important. If the staff is listed on the website with their job titles, try to figure out other people you may be interacting with if you get this job. Ask about different people’s roles in the video production and post production processes.

 

If you are lucky enough to know who will be interviewing you try to research them as well. Check out their bio on the company website and their LinkedIn profile. You never know if you both went to the same university, both had previously worked at the same company, or have any mutual connections. Having any similarities and subtly mentioning them can be a huge bonus because they are not only basing their hiring decision on your skills but also your personality.

Actually have questions for them

All too often interviewees have no questions for the interviewer. This can come off as them not being that invested in the job or company. Surely one should have questions about benefits, the type of work they’ll be doing, or growth opportunities at the company. Websites like Glassdoor that review employers will provide you a peek inside the company and give you a starting point for questions to ask.

 

Practice interview questions with another person

Have a parent, friend, or significant other grill you with interview questions. Going into a interview without this type of preparation shows immediately. Have them ask you questions like, “Name a time you had a troublesome video project and what you did to overcome the obstacles.” Or, “What would you do if you did not agree with your supervisor about a vital choice they made on a project you’re editing?”

Practicing speaking your answers outloud will help them flow naturally when it’s gametime. You cannot practice this enough. The more you practice and the more people that help you the better.

 

 

Have samples of your work ready

Oftentimes an interviewer may have only seen your demo reel if even that. Queue up your demo reel and a couple samples on different tabs on your phone. Doing this gives you quick access to them if the interviewer is interested about seeing one of the projects.

 

Brush up on industry news

Do you know what NLE the company you are interviewing for uses? Look up a couple factoids about the latest version release of whatever the software is. Scope out your favorite post production websites, video editing Subreddits on Reddit, and the social media accounts for the big post production players so you can see what’s trending and what are hot topics.

This is to show that you have a good sense of the pulse of the industry. Your interviewer wants to see that you not only know when to make a cut but you also know the technology you will be using.

 

Wrapping up

Preparing for a job interview is the best way for you to get your next gig. Gather stories from your resume. Research the company. Have questions to ask. Practice interview questions. Have samples of your work ready. Brush up on the industry news.

With just a bit of preparation you’ll be ready to crush your next job interview. Good luck!