The Art of the Interview- wrap up and tips

Thank you to all who attended the Art of the Interview workshop with Erin Myers yesterday (3/10). Erin was a fabulous speaker, offering her insight, experience, and sense of humor in a presentation packed with useful information on interviewing for a creative position.

Some of the highlights included:

  • A very funny personal story involving David Sedaris, which perfectly illustrated the importance of researching a company before meeting with them.
  • Some examples of what not to say in a cover letter, a resume, and an interview.
  • An example of a good resume, and a better resume
  • Tips for following up after submitting your resume materials, and after the interview

    If you weren’t able to attend, here are some important points that some of us took away from the session:

    • Know the company you are applying to: Who are they? What do they do? How would you fit with their ideals, values, and environment? Do your homework!
    • Network! Get involved with local professional organizations, specific to your creative field. It really pays to meet people and build relationships in the community.
    • Use spell-check on every email and document you send! Spelling or grammatical errors may mean that your resume is automatically in the “no pile.”
    • Make a good first impression by being professional, responsible, and courteous. Say please and thank you.
    • Demonstrate confidence, but not arrogance. A little humility and flexibility will show an employer that you will be someone who is pleasant to work with, and can function as part of a team.
    • Finish strong by following up with all people you met with in the interview. Send hand-written thank you cards if you can, or at least a timely thank-you email.

    Did you attend this workshop? Feel free to comment on this post with some of the information that you left with.