3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview

Check out this great blog post written by Leticia Henry from Dance Immersion

3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview
by Leticia Henry

Long before my first job interview, I had learned many of the skills needed to perform well in a job interview. During their childhood, dance students will most likely have auditioned for a part in a performance, a summer intensive, team or school. Lucky for them, a job interview is not much different than an audition. Here are 3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview.

3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview

  1. Presentation counts (a lot)

    Regardless of whether or not the company is casual, business casual or corporate, you need to come to the interview dressed appropriately. I’d lean on the more formal side. What’s more is that you need to look the part. You could be the best dancer in the world but if you’re tights are ripped and your hair is a mess, you’re not likely going to get the part. By coming to an interview well-dressed and groomed, you present a capable and polished person. Disheveled or casual looks may look sloppy or as though you don’t care.

  2. Do your homework

Dance students will walk into every audition already knowing the style of the company or school, its history and the roles that they’re auditioning for. This way, students will understand how to tailor their performance in the audition to the expectations and preferences of the company. A job interview is no different- Before an interview, smart candidates will have researched the company, obtaining information about its mission, current projects, leadership, etc. They will also have a strong understanding of their responsibilities of their role and how it serves the larger company.

3 ways that a dance audition is like a job interview

  1. Make yourself stand out

Most dance auditions are crowded and exploding with enormous talent. Smart dance students make themselves stand out by being themselves and meeting the needs/ preferences of whoever their auditioning for. Likewise, there are thousands of qualified people for any given job. In an interview, you can make yourself stand out by communicating the reasons that you’re the right person for the job and by being yourself.

These are just three ways that a dance audtion is like a job interview. Share some activites that you believe are like job interviews.