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AAF-Cleveland Education Foundation – Aiding Your Transition From College To Career

Video interview with Lori Hedrick, Partner/Human Resources VP and Morgan Pokorny, Human Resources Generalist at Marcus Thomas LLC offering tips on interview skills.  Find out what skills HR professionals are looking for in entry level agency positions.

Here are the “Top 10 Pet Peeves With Interns” courtesy of Marcus Thomas LLC

1. Drop the “Not my Job” Mentality – Interns are often eager for the meaty assignments. After all, it’s why they went to school. But you can’t get to the big projects without proving yourself on the small jobs. Strive to do your best on the small, less “visible” assignments, and you’ll win the confidence of your supervisors.

2. Don’t Underestimate the “Power” of Good Attitude and Friendly Disposition – Reality is, you’re only going to work with a handful of people within the organization. But for those you don’t work with, you can enhance people’s perception of you. Take different walking routes within the office to see more people. Say “good morning” to everyone you see in the hallway, make eye contact and smile, and offer to help. These actions can go a long way to increase your visibility to more people in a company. Stay attentive. Even if whatever you are working on is the most boring thing in the world, and you know exactly what is going on, always look energized and interested.

3. Dress Professionally – Don’t forget that in most companies, you’ll be working with people old enough to be your parents. Some older, more conservative workers are turned off by the fashion trends of young people. Reserve this wardrobe for going out with friends, not the office. Just because your boss is wearing cutoff jeans and a logo tee, doesn’t mean you should.

4. Speak English – It seems that people graduating from college today lack the basics of English grammar. A good example of this is using the word “like” too often when talking. Obsessive slang when speaking and in written communication seems to be an issue as well. We are your co-workers, not your fraternity or sorority friends. Be sure to speak clearly and slowly so that others can understand you.

5. Come to Meetings Prepared and Be Prepared to Contribute – You’d be surprised how often interns will come to a meeting or to someone’s office without bringing something to write with. ALWAYS carry a pad and pen/pencil with you. When you are in a meeting, even if you are verbally participating, take good notes and provide them to your supervisor. I know … not the best part of your job … but if you have issues with it, refer to #1 above.

6. Ask Questions Early and Often – Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t have a question, ask one anyway. After getting an assignment, if you don’t have questions, do your supervisor a favor and repeat the assignment back to him/her and ask, “Is that correct?” In this industry, there is often no time for mistakes. Asking questions upfront to make sure everybody is in agreement is often critical to the success of the project. Oh … remember to ask questions during the interview, too. Show us you’re interested in the company by asking us questions.

7. Go the Extra Mile – If you see something that needs to be done, do it without being told. People will notice. When working on projects, go above and beyond what your supervisor requested. This will label you as a self-starter or a go-getter. All good qualities to have when looking for a full-time job.

8. Know You Have to Earn Respect from Others … and Admit You Don’t Know Everything – Confidence is a good thing. Arrogance is not. Don’t act like you know all the answers. Remember, it’s okay to ask questions. We actually prefer it that way. Have the courage to know when you are in over your head. It’s okay to ask for help too. Try to understand that a career is a life-long learning experience. Once you have a job, don’t expect your next raise or promotion to be handed to you. You must prove yourself.

9. Two Things not To Do During the Interview – It’s okay to be nervous. You will not lose any points for that, but here are a few things you need to remember. First, when asked why you want to be in advertising, don’t tell us it’s because you think it is fun or you saw a movie about advertising. Second, when asked to cite good advertising in the marketplace, avoid mentioning any beer or computer companies in your response. We know Budweiser and Apple do great work. Be a little creative and try to think of a few other examples.

10. Be Yourself – Pretty straightforward. Just be yourself. Be genuine and honest. Be prepared and you’ll do just fine.

 

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