​How to nail your college interview or audition

Applying for a college or university can be a nerve-wracking time, so we’ve put together some tips to help you nail your interview or audition!

Be confident

This is pretty textbook, but just be confident. You wouldn’t be there if you didn’t want to succeed in the industry, so show us just how good you are! Smile, relax, take a deep breath, and get ready to wow us.  We don’t expect your audition to be perfect – you’re coming here to learn how to become better so don’t worry if you make mistakes, just show that you are strong enough to work towards fixing them. Eye contact is also an important factor in exuding your confidence so make sure you keep looking at us and not the desk or floor!

Show your love for the course and industry

When comparing two potential students, if one student auditioned as a 9/10 talent rating but acted like they didn’t care less if they worked, for example, as a musician or not, and the second had an 8/10 skillset, but was very passionate about making it in the industry, we would pretty much always choose the latter. This is because passionate people not only are willing to work harder, but are more likely to do well in the long run. Talent can get you so far, but hard work will be what makes you excel.  

Be prepared

Do your research. Make sure you know what you should have prepared for the interview or audition, whether it be a portfolio, evidence of experience or a musical piece. Rehearse and practice. If you are worried, get someone to do a practise interview with you first, and speak to the student recruitment advisors in advance so they can help you prepare. We are all here to help you reach your full potential so don’t be afraid to ask any questions. 

Know some answers

Prepare some answers to general questions people often ask in interviews so you don’t get caught out or panic, for example; 

-    What got you interested in studying this course?
-    Why choose this college/ university?
-    What qualities do you possess that you think will help you to succeed in the course? 
-    What experience do you have in this industry?
-    Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Bring all the correct paperwork

Make sure you bring any paperwork you will need; double check with the student recruitment advisors if you are unsure. As an example, for JMC Academy, you need the following; 
- Your Official ATAR Notice from UAC and HSC Results  (Please also be aware if you do not have the ATAR results needed, we also have alternate entry so no need to worry!)
-         Any other references, transcripts or certificates you have (if relevant)
-         Photo ID
-         Your TFN (tax file number) if you wish to enrol straight after the interview should you be successful

Don’t be late

Time management is an important skill to have when it comes to studying, and generally throughout your career. Don’t start of with a bad impression. Make sure you are on time. 

Last bits of Advice.

Don’t forget it’s also a great time for you to find out about the course and school. 

We are not just interviewing you, you are also interviewing us. As with any interview, you are both sizing each other up to see if you are a good fit. We want to see if you will fit in at the school, through passion and talent, and you need to make sure this is the right school to nurture your creativity. So ask questions. 

How do I get an audition for JMC Academy? If you are interested in a creative course, you can apply online here. At this point you will be contacted by a student recruitment advisor who will talk to you about the course you want to study and how you can make this happen. 

Good luck and remember; Smile!
We hope to see you here at JMC Academy soon ☺