Tips On Interviewing
Throughout my 11 years at HJMT, I have been a part of the hiring process and have interviewed more than 100 prospects. It’s not easy to find the perfect new employee, but there are certain criteria that we look for when hiring.
Here are the key areas, taken directly from our interview forms, that we evaluate.
Appearance – This is a very important category that unfortunately many people miss the mark on. It never ceases to amaze me how many people come to an interview without wearing a suit or even looking somewhat professional. Remember, your appearance is the first impression you are going to give the person who is interviewing you. Even though public relations is a creative field, you should dress professionally and if possible wear a suit. It is much better to overdress then underdress.
Personality – During the interview process, you need to make sure you show off your personality. Showing someone that you have skills is important, but also show them who you are. At HJMT, we look for an individual who will "fit in." We have certain core values that our team has identified as being important – honest, ambitious, passionate, creative, and reliable. We will ask you questions to try and get you to demonstrate if you share these same values.
Answers to Questions – This is the most important part of your interview because this is where you have the opportunity to demonstrate your personality, your experience, your credibility, your passion, etc. Take your time when answering questions. Giving a quick yes or no answer with a short explanation isn't what a public relations firm is looking for. Tell us who you are and what you can do within your answers.
Relevant Experience – Learn about the position you’re interviewing for and then make sure you address the things they are looking for when talking about your past experience. You want the person interviewing you to feel highly comfortable that you can handle all of the responsibilities within the position. Don't be scared to use your school experience including clubs and organizations.
Attitude – Public relations firms are looking to see if you are really seeking a career or just a job to put a few dollars in your pocket. At our firm, we look for individuals who are looking to grow with us and be a part of the team. Again, you can demonstrate your attitude in your answers and by simply letting the person interviewing you know your goals.
Follow Up – Make sure to follow up with the person interviewing you immediately after the interview. Send a card or an email and thank them for the opportunity. Also, reiterate your interest and why you are the best person for the job.
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