Mummy Lucy, on 29 Mar 2004, 02:37 PM, said:
For what it's worth, Lucy, I personally think you're doing the right thing there.
If it were me who was interviewing someone for a job (unlikely, being freelance!!), the qualifications that you had would be very much secondary to what you could actually do, and the way you came across attitude-wise (e.g. know-it-all gobshite or willing worker who's keen to learn). For my money, some of the best job interviews for lower-ranked members of tech staff are the ones where you actually have to demonstrate that you have a grasp of the basic skills. I remember going for an interview at Derby Playhouse many years ago, as part of which all candidates were required to wire a 15A socket, solder up a 3-pin XLR, put names to a few of the more common Lee colour numbers, etc. As another exmaple, I've been told that part of the interview process at the National involves having candidates fold a tallescope down, then flip it up again, with a view to checking that they show the necessary awareness of the procedures required and the environment that they're in. A few simple tasks like that completed successfully, along with a face-to-face chat in an informal setting, give a far better indication of an applicant's suitability for a role in a working electrics department (or whatever) than a paper qualification ever could.