HMA has been interviewing for our summer intern and to fill an account coordinator position. This is generally a good time of year to find competent talent – the soon-to-graduate seniors and recent graduates are still on the market.
We saw several candidates for both positions. And those that stood out, did so for a few very specific reasons.
They came prepared for the interview having researched our company, had a notebook and something to write with, had valuable questions to ask AND dressed appropriately for the job.
And why do I bother pointing that out? Because everyone I interviewed looked great on paper with a well-written resume and portfolio of work samples. But it takes more than that to get a job, you need to show up to the interview acting like you want the job.
One of the best questions one of the candidates asked me was what was I looking for in a successful candidate? Three things, in this order: culture fit, gut instinct or intuition, and desire to succeed.
Yes, I want you to know and understand the public relations industry, but you’re going to get the chance to improve upon that during your time here. But I can’t teach the other stuff – you’ve either got it or you don’t.
To be successful in your job search, you need to demonstrate that you want the job more than anyone else does. You need to be creative, you need to be prepared and you need to demonstrate that selecting you is the best decision for my company.