I received a note from a reader who was just selected for the first round of the NBC Page Program interview process, the “e-mail screen,” and is asking for advice on the exciting first step. For those of you unfamiliar with the Page Program interview process, it usually starts with a screening of some sort — either by email or phone. The e-mail screen is basically an e-mailed interview. During your pre-selected time slot, you will receive an e-mail from the Page Program with a few questions (in the 5-8 range). You will have one-hour to answer the questions and return them. Check out the question and my answer below.
Q. Dear Media Chronicles
I am applying to the NBC West Coast Page Program and was selected for the e-mail screen. I am very anxious as I don’t know what to expect. Since you have been through this process do you have any advice as to what I should research and what the questions were like?
A. Congratulations on being selected for the Page Program e-mail screen!
Take some time to study up on NBC Universal. What are their channels and who are their key players? Where are the network’s strengths and weaknesses?
The purpose of the email screen is to make sure you’re in the right ballpark for a Page position. They want to know you really want it and would make an excellent Page. Also, they want to know that you specifically want to be a Page at NBC Universal and not another network like CBS (remember, they have a Page Program, too).
The Email Screen is usually timed, so you won’t have hours to research and proofread each answer. Use your time wisely by making sure you’re prepared ahead of time for questions about NBC Universal, why you want to be a Page, and what would make you an excellent one.
Good luck! And don’t forget to follow up a few weeks later if you still haven’t moved on to the next round.
Do you have a question I can help you with? Email me at shari [at] themediachronicles [dot] com. If I can’t help you, I’ll find someone who can. Every question will be answered!