From A Former Xenophon Intern: Three Interview Tips for PR Internship Candidates
I first interviewed for an internship here at Xenophon in 2008 while I was still a senior at Miami University in Ohio. My interview process was done entirely over the phone, and I can still remember how nervous I was (anyone who knows me, knows that this is nothing new) talking to the staff about why I was qualified to become an intern in Xenophon’s public relations practice for the summer.
Four years later, I have seen interns come and go, and these days get to participate in the intern interview process. Over the years, I have learned my fair share of things to do and to avoid when interviewing for a job in the PR industry and feel like it’s my responsibility to pass along the knowledge:
Recognize that an internship is the perfect way to get your foot in the door. Most college grads probably groan at the thought of having to intern after graduating, but it really is an ideal situation. You get to “test drive” the organization for three months to observe the company culture, work with clients and determine whether it’s a good fit for you and your needs. At the end of your internship, you have great real world experience and another item to add to your resume.
Ask questions. Read up on the company, clients and staff and have questions prepared prior to your interview. It’s impressive when a potential intern has specific questions about a campaign or case study mentioned on our website because it’s clear they have done their homework.
Please, make your Facebook profile private. We get it. You just had a great weekend with your friends and you want everyone to know it. We’re PR people, meaning we WILL search for you over social media prior to your interview. If we could hire based on your ability to do a keg stand, you’d be totally in, but just leave us wondering and keep it private.