Recap: Interview Ninja #2 The Impromptu Interview

The last time we had our Interview Ninja workshop, it was thunderstorming.  Tuesday also brought torrential rain for our second installment “The Impromptu Interview.”  However, recent grads along with college students still made the trek to receive career advice and discuss the best tactics of interviewing.



The panel had a range of creative professionals:

– Lindsay Kaplan, Social Media Strategy & Activation Manager, Publicis Modem

Whitney Parker, VP Digital Marketing + UX Design, Brazen Careerist

Amy Odell, Regional Marketing Manager, Getty Images

Lorena Duran , Associate Director of International Design, Christie’s

Attendees learned many things about the panelists, including the fact that Whitney once had an impromptu interview while serving pizza at a restaurant.  Here are some other tidbits:


In a digital world, having  “leave behinds” work well, such as a portfolio or even one example Lindsay shared: a flash drive of digital work. Lindsay and Amy also both agreed that having thank you notes prepared directly after an interview helps as well.

Be honest and always be grateful. Flattery gets you everywhere and nowhere at the same time – it has to be genuine.


You know in your gut whether meeting someone might lead to an opportunity, and like dating, you have to be cautious in order to make the right impression.  You want to be memorable, but not creepy.


Here is what some of the attendees had to say:


“I had an opportunity to get feedback on my interview skills. I haven’t had a lot of interviews (I was with one job for 12 years, and more recent was informal), so I enjoyed the opportunity to meet people and discuss the interview process.” – Kareem Johnson


“This was a really great event. I had a lot of fun and learned so much about how to better present myself on the fly. The panelists were funny and down to earth and you couldn’t have asked for better people to learn from. And, I was pleasantly surprised to receive two awesome books for FREE! Another happy customer :)” – Maya S.

It was a great event and we are happy everyone had so much fun.  Do you have any thoughts about impromptu interviews?  Leave us a comment below!

To see all of the photos from the event click here. (And don’t forget to tag yourself!)


About the Author

Reb Carlson has over ten years' experience in marketing while working at top agencies (360i, MKG, Wunderman Thompson, and Razorfish), tech companies (Sprinklr) and startups (Master & Dynamic). Based in Brooklyn, she recently started her own marketing consultancy called Mad Focused, a practice focused on helping working creatives and their businesses thrive.

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