Top Ten Tips – Preparing for Media Job Interviews

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Hello, Creatives!  Job interviews can be terrifying.  Let’s be honest; they’re a tiny window of time where you have to prove yourself to an employer.  There’s a big metaphorical spotlight shining down on you, and it’s warm and you’re sweaty, and you’re practically 99% Perspiration yourself!

We want to help you master those media job interviews, and by the end of these Ten Top Tips we hope you’ll know more ticks and techniques to excel in any media interview.

af1) Make the First Move

“I called ahead & asked to meet with the person who previously held the post.  Out of 9 people interviewed for the job, I was the one person to do that.” – Andrea Fairless, Careers Coach

While Andrea Fairless, (currently a Careers Coach at the University of Sunderland) stresses that she doesn’t know if this was a deciding factor in receiving her previous position as Careers Advisor for UK careers advice company Connexions, it certainly didn’t hurt.

Because of this phone call, Andrea was able to meet to talk about the environment at Connexions, what everyday tasks she would encounter, and other useful little tidbits.  Even if it’s just a short phone conversation with your potential employer, just having the time and the space to fire a ease a few concerns before your media interview can work wonders.

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Powerful Pitching & Top-Notch Networking – Ep. 22 of 99% Perspiration

Hello, Creatives!

Joanna Makepeace-Woods knows a thing or two about powerful pitching.  She gained her previous role, Talent Development Manager at the University of Sunderland, through pitching it to the staff there.  They were so impressed, so inspired, that they devised the role specifically for Joanna, and she’s been there ever since.

Click here to listen to Joanna Makepeace-Woods on 99% Perspiration

Click here to listen to Joanna Makepeace-Woods on 99% Perspiration

Now, Joanna is the Employability Manager with the university’s Arts, Design and Media faculty, and works with graduates and students to get them into the workplace.  She understands well the importance of networking, and getting your name out there.

“It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve opened a door for yourself…  You might be dying inside, but you’ve done it!”

I’ve listened to your feedback – some of you told me you wanted to hear more from people who help develop creatives, rather than just from creatives themselves; and Joanna Makepeace-Woods is just that person.

“It’s difficult, but I think you have to make time, even if it’s just an hour a month that you schedule in your diary, to touch base with people.”

Joanna also worked in multiple TV roles, mostly in the production office, so episode 22 of 99% Perspiration should be particularly interesting if you’re interested in getting more stuck in with TV.

“If you can concisely talk about something that you’re doing, people get it.  If you can do it in 30 seconds, they get it in 30 seconds.”

And until next time,

Stay productive, stay awesome!