interview tips Archives - Ryan Lum
Ok, you can stop stressing…the worst is over. Lets say you nailed your interview (I’m sure you did!), now what? The next step in the job hunting process is to follow-up in a timely and memorable manner. Keep in mind I’m coming from an agency perspective and this will not always apply. Most of these tips would only apply to a creative position and would not be applicable to say a law firm position.
Here are my 5 tips for the post-interview followup:
After being in the industry for a couple months, I have used this ‘technique’ quite often already. When I was interning at the San Diego State University Entrepreneurial Management Center, my supervisor mentored me very well. One thing I really appreciated was the tip he gave me over lunch one day.
“Get to know people” he said.
He suggested that you contact directors, ceos, thought leaders and just ask them out for a cup of coffee or tea or even lunch. Why?
It is all about networking right? It’s the people you know. I always remember hearing this when I was growing up. So if the message isn’t clear by now…GET TO KNOW PEOPLE!
Now I never said it would be easy, but the payoff is well worth it. Often times the person might blow you off (which is understandable). They are busy, they actually have work to do! Don’t worry, keep trying. These kinds of people will notice that you are going the extra distance and REALLY want to meet them. Don’t be annoying, but be persistent and if you have to meet them at 6:30am…do it.
I could go on and on as to why you should set one up.. but I’d rather you just try it out and see for yourself. Be yourself with no hidden agenda except to chat with them on topics that are relevant to their industry and the work that you do. Above all, have fun and go out and meet people!
Trust me, you’ll do fine.