The Best Thing To Remember When Interviewing

A few months ago I was getting worried about all of the pressure of finding an internship. I had been applying to everything that fit my interests and I just wasn’t hearing back. One thing I told myself was to stay positive. Something will come along. Well, it finally did.

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I had two interviews last week! After my initial excitement wore off, I realized I was sort of terrified. I hadn’t been on a proper job interview in a really long time. Not only that, but I haven’t been on an interview for anything related to public relations. I had no idea what to expect.

Naturally, I started reading everything I could about interviews and what to expect. I knew the typical “Why do you want to work here?”, “Tell me about your strengths/weaknesses.”, blah, blah, blah. As I began to read more, I realized that everyone had their own sort of tactics and advice, yet they all sort of fell along the same lines. I think the most ridiculous one I read was to not wear makeup since it distracts from what you have to say. Whhhhaat? Sure, don’t wear makeup as if you were going out on a Saturday night, but clean your face up and wear some fresh, natural looking makeup. I did realize that I desperately need to work on my business casual wardrobe. Yikes.

I researched both companies as much as I could and also checked out them out on social media before the actual interview came. After all of that, here it is: Just remember this: Why do you want to do this in the first place? I sat down and reminded myself why I wanted to go into public relations. I thought of what I really wanted to get out of this and where I see myself in 5 years. I think that was the exact confidence booster I needed. I thought to myself “If I don’t get this position, it’s not because I messed up somehow or didn’t say the right thing, it just wasn’t a good fit.”

It worked. I was offered both positions that I interviewed for, and after careful consideration I’ve made my choice. This January I’ll be interning with Sony Music, specifically Syco Entertainment which is Simon Cowell’s production company. I have a slightly foggy idea of what I’ll be doing and I don’t know how much I’ll be able to talk about, but I’m sure I’ll share as much as I can on my little corner of the internet.