I did it. I had my first interview for a public relations position, EVER.
I’m an impeccable interviewee, if I do say so myself. I’m quick witted and can make up answers on the spot. I research in advance and always ask at least one important question. My biggest problem: I ramble when I’m nervous. To say I was nervous would be an understatement. I haven’t interviewed for a job in more than five years, and I have never interviewed for a job in my future career. I’m sure there were times poor Cecilia felt confusion in the depths of her heart.
In spirit of convincing myself I didn’t completely bomb, as well a more detailed answer than "iuno" to my mother’s “so what did she ask you”, here is quick overview of my experience:
Of course, that’s obvious. But because I arrived early I had the experience to meet some workers within the company and charm their little pants off (as well as get a quick workout in while I helped change a water cooler…)
Any interview that starts with compliments from the employer is bound to be a great one. As soon as I got there Cecilia complemented me on my resume, informing me that my creative take on a traditional document was appreciated.
1) Tell me about yourself
Toronto - School - Job Experience - Boston University.
2) How do you work under pressure?
I'm a graduate student... need I say more? I made sure to express how well I work under pressure and that I'm able to focus and get things done on a deadline. Here, Cecilia and I bonded over our type-A personalities and our love of lists.
3) Describe your ideal manager
A perfect opportunity to express my strengths. I mentioned that I am very independent and I work very well on my own. I can think critically to answer questions on my own and I follow instructions well.
However, for the sake of honesty, I informed Cecilia that I've had some negative experiences in the past with managers who refuse to teach. My ideal manager would offer constructive criticism and help me improve. Further, they would be able to communicate their needs.
4) Where do you see yourself in five years?
(Either living in my parent's basement drowning in debt or married to royalty, probably).
Ideally I would be building foundation to start my own charity to fight domestic violence. Luckily, that dream relates impeccably with the position I applied for.
5) How do you define success?
This took me by surprise. For the first time in the interview I had nothing to say. After a few moments of deliberation, I defined success as doing something you love to do. I will consider myself successful when I am in a position where I am happy, every day. I will be successful when I find value in something I am doing and when others find value in it as well. Getting paid for it won’t hurt either.
6) What is the last great book you've read?
Shatter by Michael Robotham. I watch Criminal Minds marathons, but this book actually gave me nightmares.
7) What is your favorite type of music to work to?
Country music. I love to be able to sing the words and I'm determined to marry a cowboy.
We ended the interview with talk about our favorite professors and the classes I'm taking this semester. I made sure to send a follow up email to thank her for taking the time to meet with me.
Next: The waiting game...
A Boston girl via Toronto. University of Toronto, Sheridan College, and Boston University alumna. Passionate about ending domestic violence. Hoping to never go a day without carbs or chocolate.