INTERVIEW EXPECTATIONS FOR TECHNICIANS
Be prepared to discuss what technical theatre work you have done.
Bring a portfolio to show examples of projects you’ve worked on.
Be able to explain your areas of greatest interest.
You will be interviewed for approximately seven (7) minutes.
MATERIALS TO BRING TO THE INTERVIEW (PORTFOLIO)
We are looking for examples of your work. This can be in the form of paperwork, actual props/costumes (if available) and photos. More specific possibilities below include:
Show books including marked scripts, cue sheets, prop lists, etc.
Light plots and sections, channel hookups, instrument schedules
Microphone plots, selected recordings (if available)
Draftings, drawings, sketches (napkin sketches count!)
Paint samples, built props (if available)
Examples of types of sewing stitches you are able to create
PHOTOS OF YOUR WORK! Try to include process shots as well as the final product.
Include captions detailing your contributions to each project.
Please do not bring in medium to large scale items that are awkward to carry. Clear photos are sufficient.
Résumé. This should include your name, contact information and a list of shows for which you have worked. For each show include the play title, producing company (your high school in most cases), your job title, the year of the show, and the director or designer with whom you worked.
Students interested in a Stage Management position must provide a letter of recommendation from someone he or she has Stage Managed for and should bring a Prompt Book or Rehearsal Book to the interview.
These materials may be printed on paper and bound or placed in a binder. Alternately, you may bring actual objects or digitally formatted work. For digital portfolios we require that you bring your own laptop or other viewing source. Internet connectivity will be available, but having your portfolio on a flashdrive is much more reliable.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE INTERVIEW?
The purpose of any interview is for your interviewer to get to know you. Who are you? What are you passionate about? What are your goals? You will be asked multiple types of questions:
Basic questions about yourself:
How would you describe your work style?
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond what was asked of you.
Once you have completed a task, what do you do?
Why should you be considered for a crew position for Big Fish?
Why do you want to be a part of the All-State crew?
Throughout the interview your résumé and portfolio will be assessed by the interviewer(s). Be prepared to answer specific questions about each show, the process, the people with whom you worked and the final product.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
Remember, the purpose of the interview is to introduce yourself in the best possible way. Since all students are being interviewed for general technicians, your résumé should describe your technical experience in any and all areas. Your area strengths will become evident in your portfolio and in the way you talk about your work. Be confident that you are the best candidate for the position of technician, and let your experience back you up. We suggest practice interviewing with a partner. Typically this works best with someone you don’t know very well rather than your best friend, as they probably already know the answers to the questions!
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
For any interview you should always dress your best. Keep in mind that the clothes you wear say something about you, but be sure they do not take center stage. The interview is to showcase YOU and your abilities. Your attire is the supporting role.