Interviews are innately nerve-wracking. You’ve limited time to highlight your best assets, and like most people, you may not derive confidence from talking to a group of strangers – particularly those who end up signing your paychecks.
You know what, though? Interviews aren’t too much to overcome. They just take some preparation and the right mindset.
Learn to embrace the butterflies in your stomach – they’re completely normal.
Just ask any of the former Ad Campers on our L&S team. Most are survivors of Meet Greet Repeat, which takes your standard internship interview and kicks it up a few notches with a speed-dating approach. Ad Camp applicants run through a gauntlet of interviews, as many as 20 in an hour.
But everyone comes out intact – and with at least a few interview skills picked up along the way.
With our next Meet Greet Repeat for Ad Camp internships fast approaching, we thought we’d share some tips on how to make a great first impression.
- Be prepared – Bring extra copies of your resume and a portfolio of your relevant work. We want to see what you can do. We want to know about where you came from and how you got here. And be sure to craft that "elevator speech." We're an ad agency – we like commercials. So give us the 30-second rundown on why you think you'd be a good fit.
- Dress the part – Check out the L&S website and get a feel for the work environment – and dress accordingly. You can never go wrong with business professional, but at L&S you'll come across a variety of styles. A good rule of thumb to remember: you'll likely feel more embarrassed if you're underdressed than overdressed.
- Be confident – It's a choice more than a natural gift. (There's even a TED Talk all about "faking it 'til you make it" – great advice if ever there were). Remember that a firm handshake, eye contact, a smile and good posture are easy boxes to check and go a long way with employers.
- Bring the energy – Enthusiasm is contagious. Unless someone twisted your arm to get you in the room, you should be happy to be there! Let your personality shine – people hire people they like.
- Do your research – Learn about the work we do and the clients we serve. Take a gander at publications like Adage, Advertising Week and Mashable. Think about ad campaigns that catch your attention. Outside perspective is great, but get in the habit of thinking like you're already a member of the L&S team.
- Ask questions – The point of an interview is to engage. Asking questions shows us you're interested and curious about the things we do. Bring your questions and ask the ones that pop into your head.
More than anything, remember this: we’re excited to meet you, so be yourself.