Last updated on January 18th, 2019 at 06:41 pm

young girl posses with beautiful sunglasses in her modeling jobIt’s not only about good looks anymore. You will have to prove your readiness for the modeling job in a short interview. You will have to convince the hiring managers from the agency that you:

  • Have good communication skills and it is easy to work with you.
  • Are ready to handle difficult aspects of modeling job, such as long photo shots, tiring days, excessive traveling, and criticism.
  • Understand what it takes to do this job, and are ready to continuously take care of your body and looks.

Let’s have a look at some questions they will use while interviewing you.

 

Why do you want to work as a model?

Many people have unrealistic expectations and ideas about modeling. While a fraction of professional models earn a fortune, and about ten percent of people make their full time living with the job, modeling is mostly a hobby (or a part-time job) for the majority of men and women from the pictures.

When you are just starting your career in modeling, you never know what the future will bring. Tell the interviewers that you look at this opportunity as the way to earn some extra money, to learn new things and to meet interesting people.

You can talk also about other goals you have in life–such as graduating from the high school (or college), and pursuing this or that career path.

Aspiring models who do not see themselves on the cover of Vogue magazine the next month, but approach their chance in modeling with modesty, are the best hires for the agencies. Try to stay humble in your interview.

 

How do you imagine a typical day in work?

Job of a model is a hard work. Photographers are never satisfied, they have to take one more shot another time, change the lights, change the surroundings, change everything. And then they will start all over again.

Modeling sessions are often strenuous, and a good applicant for this job expects tough days.

Say your interviewers that you expect long days, that you are ready to stay focused on the task at hand, that you do not imagine making a few pictures, taking money and going home. The exact description of a working day depends on the particular contract you will get.

 

Do you have any experience with criticism? How do you handle it?

This is a test of your attitude. Good models are always ready to receive criticism, they actually embrace it since it helps them to improve in their job, and become better models.

Tell the interviewers that you are eager to learn from the professionals, and won’t take any criticism personally. You simply take it as an opportunity to become a better model–something that you honestly try to achieve.

 

Woman is preparing for her interview, holding her application in hand, sitting in a chair in a waiting room.How much do you want to earn? / What are your salary expectations?

Typical modeling contracts start at $100 per hour, for new models. Some agencies may pay even $250, depending on their budget and a particular campaign.

Realistically, when you are just starting in this profession, you can expect to earn between $500 and $3,000 per day of shooting. Of course once you make a name for yourself (if this is your goal) the contracts will get much more interesting…

But everything takes time, and you should not say the hiring managers that you want to earn 10,000 per day from the get-go.

 

What is your availability?

Most modeling professionals start their career in their teenage years. Most likely you still study, and can not just go to shoot every other day.

Nevertheless, you should convince the interviewers that you take this opportunity seriously, and will do your best to be available for them, whenever they may need you. Or at least you will try your best to be available

 

Some other questions you may get

  • What do you think about the competition in this industry, and the relationships models have with each other?
  • What do you consider the toughest aspect of this job?
  • What sorts of settings/clothes/brands do you prefer to shoot for?
  • What motivates you the most in this job?
  • Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?
  • How would your best friends describe you?
  • Do you have any questions?

 

Conclusion and next steps

Photographers and editors can do wonders nowadays. Model agencies do not need to hire the very best looking girls anymore. But they want to hire people they can  work with, people who have a good understanding for the job of a model, and who can handle the tough aspects of this profession.

True, you still need to look good, and have charisma, to have any chance of succeeding and getting hired. But you can significantly improve your chances of signing an interesting work contract with good interview answers. 

Prepare for the meeting with the employer, and make a good impression. We wish you good luck!

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Matthew Chulaw

Matthew Chulaw

Matthew has been working in international recruitment since 2008. He helps job seekers from all walks of life to pursue their career goals, and to prepare for their interviews. He is the founder of InterviewPenguin.com website.
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