5 Tips that will Transform your Ability to Interview

Chris Thomas, owner of Intrepid Hybrid Communications, spoke to PRSSA about interviewing skills and portfolio building last week. He left us with 5 great tips.

1. Be Strategic

  • Do your research. Know their clients and local press. It’s very impressive when somebody can tell you something new.
  • Do work beforehand. Understand their mission. Research the positions and call somebody within the organization to ask questions before the interview. Post something on LinkedIn. Have a third-party call the interviewer to recommend.
  • Position yourself. Think about who else is going for the position. Position yourself differently from others. Make yourself stand out. Shine above the rest.

2. AMP: Anticipate – Message – Practice

  • Develop some messaging. Brand yourself. Talk about what’s in it for them.

3. STAR: Situation – Tasks – Action – Results

  • Be specific when answering questions
  • Make it personal
  • Always come back with an experience when you tell them something about yourself

4. Etiquette

  • Look the part
  • Be early (5 minutes before)
  • Don’t talk too much. Keep answers to no more than 3 minutes.
  • Handwritten thank you note within 24 hours

5. Stay in the Game

  • Look long-term when you interview for something
  • Don’t burn bridges
  • Your conduct speaks loudly
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About Utah PRSSA

The national chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is a professional organization that serves its members with networking opportunities, employment resources, and information about emerging trends in communication and new media fields as well as strategies for professional advancement. Membership of PRSA at the student level (PRSSA) enables students to access content that is available exclusively to members.

Posted on February 28, 2011, in Benefits. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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