Want a Job in Creative? Do These 7 Things
Interestingly enough, 100 percent of my female candidates in the past two years have brought a pen, whereas only 67 percent of male candidates have brought one. People, it's not hard. And by not having to ask to borrow a pen, you show me you're prepared. (Because if you can't remember to bring a pen to an interview, what would you be forgetting once you're on the job?)
6. Laugh at my Jokes: This isn't to feed my ego, but instead allows me to judge if you're going to be a fit for our team. We're a fun bunch that enjoys having a good time while working hard. Maybe our senses of humor are a bit weird, but it works for us. So if I'm funny to you, laugh. It's okay. And if you think I'm a total weirdo, then okay, maybe you're not the fit for us (and that's all right).
7. Just Relax: Seriously. If you are tense, you will possibly make the interviewer tense. And I am not a fan of that, especially when I'm taking time out of my already busy day to conduct an interview. If you're relaxed and confident, then everyone else in the room is, too. And it means I'm not going back to my desk with a tension headache and a not-so-positive impression of you.
That's it. I know this all seems common sense, but after being the lead editorial interviewer for two different jobs over the past nine years, you would be amazed (or maybe not so much) at what I've seen.
If you're already a pro at the seven tips above, then let me just remind you of this: Be yourself, your very best self. Don't be someone else ... because if that's the thing that gets you hired, and then you end up being someone else once in the job, it's not going to be good. For example, if you despise the "corporate" world, don't apply for a job at a typical corporate office. Trust me, a paycheck does not suddenly make you stop hating "the man."
Disclaimer: I am NOT an HR professional, but I know what I like, I know what kind of person I want on my creative team, and I tell it like it is.