Over my J-Term I had the opportunity to have a 5-day shadow experience with Beam Suntory in their Chicago office. I experienced what it is like to work in a competitive and hectic PR sector and saw how PR relates in conjunction to marketing and sales. After meeting with people in these fields of work, I picked up on the 4 top tips to landing an internship or job.
- Be prepared The morning of the interview, you can’t just show up in a suit and have your resume in hand and expect for that to do all of the talking. Weeks leading up to the big day you should be researching the different positions they have offered and you should strive to find out how you could fit in one of those.
- Have ‘good’ questionsInstead of asking a very bland question such as “Have you enjoyed working at this company” you need to think outside of the box and almost stump the person that’s interviewing you. By triggering their thought process and making them really think, it will make you a memorable candidate. An example of a provocative question could be something along the lines of “How will this company give me opportunities to advance my career as a PR specialist”
- Have an opinion on the company Along with asking questions about the company, you need to have an opinion on the company. If you show up and seem clueless about what is going on in their company or industry as a whole, you will seem ill prepared. This is why asking the right questions are so important and making sure to be well informed on their recent news releases.
- Always follow up Even though your parents tell you to always write thank you cards for birthday or Christmas presents, when it comes to interviews, you must follow up. The best way I was told to follow up with someone is to write him or her a hand-written letter. This is a lot more personal but for people who are constantly busy and always on the move, an email would suffice. By following up it shows your ongoing interest in the company and how you didn’t just show up in a suit and resume in hand and expected to land the job!