Thursday, April 5, 2012

Words of Wisdom from a Pro Intern: Part 2

If you read our first interview with seasoned broadcast journalism intern and MSU senior Joey Khalil, you were surely itching to get to the information on how he developed his "brand" and networking skills and how you can develop yours. Read on to hear his final words of wisdom.

Under PRessure: As someone who has acquired internships in a field where the impression you give off is of importance, how would you say you’ve “built your brand?” In other words, what is it about you that grabbed the attention of interviewers and prospective employers? 

Joey Khalil: “Building your brand” is something that is very important in the “facebook/twitter age”. It’s almost as if you have two personalities, one that you share with people you know on a first name basis and one with followers, facebook friends, etc. 
BUT at this stage in the game, you’re a nobody…no matter how many facebook friends you have. If you are a student, it means AS OF RIGHT NOW, you’ve probably done very little in the professional world, even if you’ve had incredible internships. This means it’s your real-life personality that will have to win over professors, internship coordinators and potential employers because the person who decides if you’re qualified for an internship probably isn’t following you on Twitter.
To stand out then, there are some important things to remember. First, communications/journalism students should be able to interview well. Of the three internships for which I’ve interviewed, I got two of them and was rejected from the third. Guess which interview I butchered? 
If I can offer anything in terms of interview tips, I would say do your homework and be yourself. Doing your homework means do a bit of research about whoever is offering you an interview, it’s good to go into it with some background knowledge. Being yourself is the most underrated tidbit about interviews. Trying to be too professional might make an interviewee seem uptight. At the same time, it would be a mistake to walk in completely loose as if you’re too good for the position for which you’re applying. Try to find a good balance of confidence, personality and professionalism, aka be yourself. Everyone has a bit of all of these in them, try to be natural and let them out. Be the best you that you can be. 

UP: Do you have any tips on ways to network/networking etiquette?

JK: I would say be aggressive about meeting as many people in the business as you possibly can. Talk to your professors, other broadcast students, any professionals you may come across and try to make an impression. During internships especially, introduce yourself to everyone and make sure everyone you meet remembers you and your name, and KEEP IN TOUCH with these people. Almost everyone has a business card. Ask for people’s cards, I’ve asked for literally hundreds of business cards, and not once has someone said no. Knowing people can ONLY help you.

Super helpful, right?! 

We'd like to thank Joey for taking the time to conduct this interview with us and for sharing his experiences as a student and intern.

Any feedback? Let us know in the comments or via twitter @UnderPRssr!


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