Everyone has an interview horror story. Some of us have them from both sides of the table, as both interviewer and interviewee. Interviewing tips were part of the recent AdCon, an Adcraft event for college and university students considering the field of advertising. That’s in addition to breakout sessions highlighting the various positions, resume critiques and portfolio tips. But this list of do’s that was shared with the students really caught my attention.
- Be on time.
- Dress professionally (keep cologne/perfume use to a minimum).
- Turn off your cell phone!
- Show up prepared.
- Bring several copies of your resume.
- Know specifically what type of job you want to get into.
- Speak respectfully of previous employers/managers.
- Be open to answering questions about salary or reasons for leaving previous employers.
- Be realistic with expectations.
- Ask questions.
- Ask for “next steps.”
- Send a thank you note. Email or snail mail, it doesn’t matter. Always send a note.
Sure, we all go “duh” after reading this, but then I think about that guy who, after his interview, hugged me …
What’s your interview disaster story?
Jamie Michelson, president