Mastering the Interview: Top 4 Ways to Stand Out in a Media Interview

We all know interviews in the industry are tough to get, so if you’re lucky enough to land an interview, make sure you ace it. I’ve already discussed the things you didn’t realize are actually important in an interview. Now, here are the top 4 ways to stand out in an interview, getting you that much closer to your dream job.

Research

I was once told that Bravo only hires people who are obsessed with the brand. They expect you to know the shows, the key players, and the Bravo audience. This is how you should approach every interview. Utilize Google, LinkedIn, and Wikipedia. Make sure you know the shows, you know the people, and you know the history. Your hard work will show and that will help you stand out amongst the competition.

Firm Handshake

Your interview starts with the handshake. It’s your non-verbal calling card and your very first impression. Make it a good one. Nobody likes a limp fish.

Disclaimer: Of course by “firm,” I do not mean bone crushing. Please be gentle.

Take Notes

I had a boss who once told me that one of the things that stood out in our interview was that I had a pen and paper with me, ready to take notes. My memory is good, but I wouldn’t gamble a job on it, so when he said, “I’d like you to speak with Kim Jones,” I wrote down her name. I wasn’t even aware that I was doing anything special–writing short notes seemed like such a logical thing to do in an interview.

Keeping a pen and paper on hand to jot down a note here and there is a great way to show your potential boss that you’re attentive, organized, and thorough.

Follow Up

Big companies can  move incredibly slowly. Sometimes at the end of an interview you’ll be told what timeline to expect, but more often you’ll be left hoping for a phone call the next day. If you haven’t heard from anyone 2 weeks after your interview, it’s perfectly acceptable to follow up. Don’t nag–a short email or phone call is all it takes to remind them that that you’re still interested.

When I interviewed for a job at The Dr. Oz Show, it was mid-December, right before the holiday slow-down. I was informed that they’ll be interviewing a few other candidates and the process might be a little long because of the upcoming hiatus. Unfazed, I diligently followed up with a quick email every 2 weeks, just reminding them that I’m still interested and excited about the position. Two months later, they made an offer. Once I started working, one of my supervisors told me that the follow-ups were incredibly valuable in helping them decide when they were ready to make the hire.

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