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03-06-2012, 09:32 AM   #1
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I have my first photographer job interview tomorrow. Anyone have suggestions on what kinda of questions may be asked? I've never interviewed for a photography position before as I'm still new to the art. I know one thing he'll ask is how long have I been taking photos which I am prepared to answer, but other than that I'm not sure what kinds of questions he may ask.

The position is a campus photographer for events around the school and during leadership conferences.

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You'll probably want to bring along a portfolio of your work
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I've already given him my zenfolio. He preferred digital for sake of ease.
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He might wonder if you are comfortable approaching strangers and speaking to large groups of people. A timid person would not be best for this job.

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I work as a photographer at a Hospital/University campus, we cover events along with a host of other photographic avenues. I had to interview with 5 people...pretty intimidating. They asked me some technical questions, but for the most part they focused on my personality and how I interact with others vs. what I knew about photography. If they have seen your portfolio and they are interviewing you, you have to assume they are sold on your photography skills.

My interviewers asked how I would handle specific situations ie. directing people during a shoot, how I would work with an unsatisfied client, how I would handle working with "important people" that are short on time like the President/Provost/Donors ect, and how I would help to market our department.

What I was told by my co-workers after the fact, is that I was hired mainly because of my personality, flexibility, and willingness to go into any situation with an open mind and comfort level. I think personality is a huge part of working as a photographer, be outgoing and ask any possible questions you can to show your interest.

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Honestly... a lot of people walking around with cameras are kinda weird and creepy. Most interviews I have been to like you are describing have been nothing more than casual conversations to make sure I'm not a creep. Aside from that - they just want to know what sort of experience you have so just tell the truth and let you work speak for itself.
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Great thanks for your insight everyone. I'm definitely not a timid person so I'm not worried in that aspect, and I could definitely see the whole "make sure you aren't a creep" part of the interview.
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I've hired a photographer/videographer before, the portfolio was important, software knowledge was important, but confidence without arrogance was very important, as was willingness to learn new things.

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Good to know. It's at 3pm today!
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Would love to know what it was like. How did it go?
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbuck92 Quote
Good to know. It's at 3pm today!
So, are you a professional photographer now? Enquiring minds want to know.
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The interview went well I think! He is interviewing one more candidate tomorrow and will let me know on Friday if I got the position or not!
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Good Luck!! I know what it's like, waiting to hear.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jbuck92 Quote
The interview went well I think! He is interviewing one more candidate tomorrow and will let me know on Friday if I got the position or not!
We'll keep our fingers crossed for you!!
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Yeh, best of luck.
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