Step One: Hear About the Show
When you’re looking for a job, anything sounds good. “They’re strippers who are also spies? That’s totally plausible, and I wouldn’t be at all ashamed to tell my mom I worked on that movie.”
Step Two: Research
Once I decide to apply, I immediately IMDb everyone involved in the project, search Variety for any interesting information, and check if XKCD has added a new comic recently. (This last one doesn’t have anything to do with research; I just think it’s a funny comic.)
The goal is to find something, anything, that I can intelligently talk to the interviewer about. This can backfire. When I applied for the remake of The Lodger, I spent twenty minutes of the phone interview explaining to the APOC how the original was the best of Hitchock’s silent work.
Step Four: Interview
This part’s simple. I walk in, they realize I’m awesome, I get the job.
I once arrived for an interview just as the guy ahead of me was leaving. He was wearing a suit and a tie and carried an attaché case. I was wearing jeans and a Ninja Turtles T-shirt, and I’d forgotten to shave that morning. The interviewer said, “You’re going to have to be pretty amazing to impress me after that guy.”
I got the job.
So, what happens once I get the job? Tune in tomorrow.