Last night we featured a rockin’ group of Interview Workshop speakers: Nick Rovisa of Ruder Finn, Diana Antholis Founder of EnterAdulthood, Kim Moreau of Bravo.TV, and Daniel Krieger of Daniel Krieger Photography, LLC.
We had a packed house with creative students and grads from all over including NYU, Hofstra, Drexel, University of Maryland, Colombia (the country!) and more. Our thanks to We Create NYC for hosting us in their beautiful coworking space.
This was our third time hosting an interview ninja event and this time we did some live tweeting. You may have caught some great tips from our Twitter handle, @nycinterns. Here’s what the speakers had to share:
A resume needs quick, punchy text and links to social presence.
Your online presence is your first impression.
Answer the “tell me about yourself” interview question with confidence.
The best interviews don’t feel like an interview, they’re a conversation.
Diana Antholis @dianaantholis
A cover letter and resume should be different. I want to see something really cool on your cover letter.
Suits are a must for interviewing at agencies.
Generic cover letters and resumes are big mistakes.
Stand during phone interviews to project your voice more.
Kim Moreau @lil_kim_m
If you’re a writer, include how many posts you’ve cranked out on your resume.
Prepare for interviews by doing digging on competitors, that always impresses me.
I love thank you notes after interviews, those applicants really stand out.
Understand that if you don’t get the offer, it’s probably a closed door for now. Feel free to ask for feedback and follow up next semester.
Daniel Krieger @smoothdude
Ask your interviewer, What is the office culture like here?
I hate when people don’t read instructions for job applications, like if I ask for a portfolio link.
In the editorial world (as a freelance photographer) persistence with job interviews is important. I’d follow up once a month.
Additional Interview Workshop Takeaways
Pay extra attention on Skype interviews. Be careful not to let your mind wander.
GPA’s nothing, compared to experience. ‘Nough said.
Do your thing on LinkedIn. In fact, update your LinkedIn now. Update all social media while you’re at it, check out our Slideshare presentation on Landing a Job Using Social Media for comprehensive tips.
Got any resume, interview or cover letter tips of your own? Share them in the comments.