August 2016 Convention
San Diego, CA

Interviewing 101

In these informative sessions presented by the Pedagogy Committee, two NFA committees—the Career and Artistic Development Committee and the aforementioned Pedagogy Committee—teamed up to provide individualized information to attendees following presentations by four professionals in the flute academic and performance fields. Pedagogy Committee members Ronda Benson Ford and Cassandra Eisenreich here provide key take-away tips for flutists interviewing for jobs.

Katherine Borst Jones

Borst Jones provided a handout that was distributed to people in attendance. (See Handouts in this section.) Her key points:

  • Be professional from the very beginning of your career.
  • Be confident.
  • Make sure you dress appropriately for the temperature of the place you are having the interview.
  • Make sure even your flute bag is clean.

Stephanie Jutt

Highlights of Jutt’s advice included:

  • Pick music that is easy to put together with the pianist.
  • Know what type of position you are applying for (one year temporary, full time tenure track, etc.).
  • Write down everything you have ever done for your CV.
  • Include the audience in the masterclass.
  • Give a trial masterclass for your friends to better prepare you for the interview masterclass.

Daniel Clemens

Clemens offered these insights for academic job seekers:

  • Know how you are being evaluated: Understand promotion and tenure.
  • Learn the criteria for hiring and evaluation (dean and department head).
  • Review the submission system: Know your letter recommenders (make sure the letters are sent), have questions about benefits, learn about the people and the university.
  • Write your cover letter to the specific job description.

Mary Karen Clardy

Clardy advised job applicants to:

  • Dress comfortably; wear layers and bring an umbrella.
  • Prepare a script: have a sample curriculum, have others interview you, plan to discuss the structure of your studio (how you teach scales, etude, etc.).
  • Develop a teaching philosophy (have a three-sentence philosophy that sums up your larger thoughts).
  • One week before the interview, eat and sleep regularly.

—Ronda Benson Ford and Cassandra Eisenreich