The Post-Grad PR Life: PR Job Interview Dos and Don’ts

*Information in his post comes courtesy of PR Daily….

Being a post-grad you will eventually have to interview for a job or maybe interview candidates at your own company. I came across an article recently that shared a lot of great tips for the ever important interview. 

Here are a few of my favorite ‘Dos’ from the list:

  • Do have follow-up questions to ask
    • This is something I’ve been told to do since I starting searching for my first job in high school and it still holds true. You’ll probably come up with questions in the moment, but it’s perfectly fine to write a few questions out before the interview and bring them with you. You want to be prepared and asking questions shows that you are really interested in learning more about the company.
  • Do send a thank-you email
    • After the interview it’s so important to send a follow up email thanking those involved. Be sure to mention something that you talked about during the interview to show that you were really paying attention.
    • It’s also a great idea to send a thank you note to personally thank those involved. In some cases, I’ve heard a handwritten thank you note was the deciding factor in choosing between two qualified candidates. 
  • Do read the job description before sending your resume
    • This goes without saying, but be sure to read the entire job posting carefully. This will not only help you determine if this position is worth applying for and if you have to do anything special to apply. Some job applicants call for you to send just a resumé and cover letter, while others may ask for writing samples. You have to read the entire post to know what is being asked. 

Here are a few of my favorite ‘Don’ts’ from the list:

  • Don’t be late
    • Get there early even if you are sitting in the car for a few extra minutes. It’s better to be at your destination than to be scrambling to make it there on time. 
  • Don’t go to the dark place if you do not land the job
    • You have to get used to rejection. Everything happens in its own time, so if you don’t get that specific job keep at it and eventually you will land in the perfect place.
  • Don’t underprepare
    • Along with coming prepared with questions you should research the company. Also, take deep breaths and practice before you go there. This will help calm your nerves and make you ready. 

Are there any tips you will add to this list? Let me know in the comment section below. 

To learn more about my experiences, connect with me on LinkedIn.

Cheers to the Post-Grad PR Life!

David

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