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Job Interview Tips to Get You Hired

By Kristin Soo Hoo, Treasurer

With summer just around the corner, many of you have already begun the tedious search for an internship or job. You’ve probably spent countless hours perfecting your résumé, crafting a personalized cover letter to each potential employer and nervously awaiting replies.

So what happens when you’ve finally been invited for an interview?

Before you have an anxiety attack, review these interview tips to help you secure your dream job!YP prsa

 Before the interview:

  • Research!

Learn about the company’s history, values, scope of work, case studies, awards/successes and key employees. Identify how the organization differentiates itself in its industry. Then, skillfully tie this information into your interview responses.

  • Remove inappropriate or unprofessional content from your social media profiles.

Employers need to trust their employees to represent the organization in a positive light. Many will turn down candidates because of inappropriate social media content like pictures of excessive partying or posts about participating in illegal activities.

  • Assemble a portfolio for the interviewer to keep.

Insert copies of your cover letter, résumé and relevant work into a solid-colored folder. You can place the papers in sheet protectors to avoid hole-punching.

  • Print business cards.

Use a pre-made design or create your own business cards on relatively sturdy cardstock. You can order them through an office supply store (Office Depot, Staples, etc.) or websites like vistaprint.com. Include your name, phone number, email address, home address and possibly social media links.

  • Review common interview questions, and prepare answers.

There are only three true job interview questions, according to an article in Forbes:

  • Can you do the job?
  • Will you love the job?
  • Can we tolerate working with you?

But here are more examples:

  • Conduct mock interviews.

They will allow you to assess and improve your verbal and nonverbal communication skills. Practicing will help reduce anxiety and discomfort during the actual interview as well.

Interview day:

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled time.

Potential delays include traffic, parking or finding the meeting location.

  • Stand up and introduce yourself with a firm handshake.
  • Think quickly, but feel free to pause for a moment to gather your thoughts.
  • Support your answers with details and stories of personal experiences.
  • At the end of the interview, make sure to ask a few questions.

Write down questions beforehand, such as “what is your company’s corporate culture?” or “why did you choose to work here?”

  • Send a handwritten thank you card.

Impress the interviewer by mailing a short handwritten thank you note. Employers appreciate the personal touch and thoughtfulness, so it will help you stand out.

Most importantly, remember to:

  • Relax
  • Be confident
  • Be yourself

Also, check out job interview do’s and don’ts for recent PR grads.

Question: What additional job interview tips would you like to share?

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Productivity PR Internship

Based in Woodland Hills, Productivity PR’s internship program offers college students and recent graduates the opportunity to learn and develop the skills necessary for a successful career in the public relations field. Interns will have the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience by researching and building media lists, learning to comfortably and proactively pitch reporters, coordinating editorial coverage results, writing press releases and editorial pitch letters, enhancing social media for marketing consumer products, brainstorming, planning, and more. Intern candidates must have good communication and people skills, strong writing skills, creativity, and a genuine interest in public relations. Recent graduates (with a degree in PR, communications or marketing) or current students studying PR, journalism, marketing communications, or communications are preferred. Roughly 10 – 20 hours a week are required. This is an unpaid internship for course credit. Please email a resume and cover letter to tracey@productivitypr.com or fax to (818) 223-9197.

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Don’t Miss the Entertainment and Sports Panel at Dodger Stadium Wednesday the 14th!

This will be a fantastic event not to be missed!

Come out this coming Wednesday to the great Dodger Stadium and join us at our Entertainment and Sports panel where you will gain valuable insight into the world of sports and entertainment public relations by our esteemed panel of speakers as well as network with Public Relations professionals and peers in the industry!

We have an amazing panel of speakers who will share their invaluable experiences and advice they’ve learned in their many years of professional entertainment and sports public relations and communications practices. Among the speakers there will be Josh Rawitch, Vice President of Communications at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Rita Tateel, President at the Celebrity Source, and Ana Martinez, Vice President of Media Relations at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

This is an educational event that is relevant to both entry and mid-level PR and communication practitioners, anybody interested in the entertainment or sports industry and those seeking to further their knowledge in PR, communications, sports or entertainment. We want to help you further your career and knowledge! Hope to see you there!

Date:

September 14th, 2011

Time:

7:00 – 9:00 pm

Location:

Dodger Stadium,

1000 Elysian Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Cost: $10 for PRSA/PRSSA members and $20 for non-members/guests. (Please note new cost for non-members.)

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Social Media Community Management Internship

We’re changing the game in marketing and looking for talented people to help!

Uptown Treehouse is a cutting edge full service marketing agency that is revolutionizing the space through technology and social media. We are currently searching for Community Manager candidates who will be responsible for managing our clients’ social media presence on Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere. This person should have an interest in using social media as a tool that provides value to businesses and brands. Whether you’re developing an innovative editorial calendar to evangelize a new product launch, or building strategic relationships to drive brand advocacy, you will be exposed to the key drivers and fundamental values that make Uptown Treehouse a leading agency in the communications industry.

Your key day-to-day responsibilities will include:

  • Listening to pertinent conversations and news relevant to the clients’ audience.
  • Create and maintain content calendars including writing Facebook posts, Tweets and blog posts.
  • Respond to comments and mentions to add value to the user’s experience while driving client goals.

This is full-time paid internship that will last for three months and lead to a more permanent position if you make the cut. If you are still in school but graduating soon, shoot us a note and we’ll try and make something work if it’s a good fit.

Here’s why you’ll like us:

  • We’re small enough that you’ll make a huge difference.
  • We’ll empower you to work directly with clients.
  • We’re hiring you to make a good practice even better through trying new things.
  • We’ll keep you challenged and constantly learning.
  • The best communications plan wins. We run on data, not politics.
  • We don’t have bureaucracy, middle managers or pointless meetings.

Here’s why we’ll like you:

  • You love social media and utilize technology to reveal your unique voice.
  • You thrive when given independence but are also a great team player.
  • You are calm under pressure and step up to big challenges.
  • No detail is worth looking past and going above and beyond is your status quo.
  • You don’t think in terms of 9:00 to 5:00 instead you’re constantly connected while on the go.
  • You’re always one step ahead and can connect the dots when thinking about a project.
  • Your talent is limitless and you’re brimming with creativity.

Is this you? We know you’re rare and are probably thinking about other interesting opportunities so we don’t want to waste your time and know your resume isn’t going to do your talent justice. If you’re interested in changing the world with us then tell us a bit more about yourself in an email to our Director of Social Marketing: dillon@uptowntreehouse.com and be sure to Tweet to us.

Sample Tweet: Just applied for the #UptownTreehouse Social Media Management Internship! @DillonBianchi @aseemb

More about Uptown Treehouse

We’re a one year old start-up based in the Los Angeles area with an incredibly smart, dedicated team of people who get things done. We love being on the cutting edge and are helping to push forward an incredible paradigm shift happening in the marketing industry. We’re small enough to be interesting but big enough to have worked with some great national brands like popular television shows and large corporations such as Microsoft. Our clients have high standards and we love beating their expectations! Take a look at our blog to learn even more: blog.uptowntreehouse.com


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Don’t Miss the PRSA LA Young Professionals Career Development Workshop!

Are you a recent college graduate or soon-to-be grad, on the hunt to start your career? Have you been considering a career change? Then this is the event for you! Join us for an evening of tips and how-to’s from recruiters, HR reps and talent seekers!

Workshop includes:

  • Do’s and Don’t’s of the job search
  • Proper interview etiquette
  • Resume critiques

Date:

April 27, 2011

Time:

Networking begins at 6:30 p.m.

Workshop begins at 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Chandler Chicco Companies

1315 Lincoln Blvd, Suite 270

Santa Monica, CA 90401
Cost: $10 for PRSA/PRSSA members and $20 for non-members/guests. (Please note new cost for non-members.)

To RSVP and pay with cash or check at the door, please reply to this email.
We hope to see you there!  

Best,

Katherine Vander Ark, Katie Keilman and the Young Professionals Board of 2011

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