Interviewing at USITT 2018
Take your career to the next level by taking advantage of our designated interview/meeting area.
Between 60-80 percent of jobs are found through personal relationships, according to Queens University’s John Bennett in an interview with Fox Business. Developing relationships and nurturing them throughout your professional career is imperative.
When registering for the Conference, include the link to your LinkedIn profile for all employers and exhibitors to access. Network with potential employers and have your information in their hands before your flight to Florida takes off.
You have one chance to make a positive first impression. Dress well, articulate your thoughts, and make as many connections as possible. Whether you’re actively seeking employment or not, it’s all about who you know and how to maintain those relationships over the course of your career.
Polish your Resume
A resume reflects your education, training, skills, and previous employment. This is essential in an any interview setting, as it allows the future employer to assess your qualifications as well as a personal overview. Pay attention to the information being provided by the person you are speaking with. If they mention topics or skills that are not on your resume, consider adding them to your resume if they are skills you possess. If you think your resume could use some help, stop by the Resume Doctor booth during Stage Expo and receive advice from an industry professional.
Your portfolio is your chance to show your stuff — and even brag a bit. Portfolios display your work and are an easy way for potential employers to get a sense of your style. Your portfolio should be easy to read and navigate while showing the work you’re most proud of. If you’d like advice on your portfolio, sign up for USITT’s portfolio reviews (opening soon, here.)
Questions for the Employer
Bring a list of questions. You will benefit more from a conversation with a purpose. Questions such as “What are your company’s core values?” “What skills do you look for in potential candidates?” and “How would you describe a typical day and week of work at your company?” are all common questions and will only further your knowledge of the position and the company.
Do your research! Blow them away with your background knowledge of their company. This will benefit you in many ways. You will know the values and workings of the company as well as impress with your preparedness. Knowing the background of a company will also help you make an informed decision on whether they could be a right fit for you. You can also use your research to aid in your answers to questions.
Try to approach companies that you are familiar with even if they do not have a job opening for your desired position. Create a list of things you would like the company to know about you and your work. This will help you stand out, be memorable, and will let the employer know you are potential candidate for a future position with the company.
Don’t leave them hanging! Be the one who they remember months after the initial contact. Following up with an email will make a lasting impression. This shows you are professional, that you valued their time, and that you are interested in speaking with them again in the future. Stay organized by keeping a log of those with whom you’ve previously spoken and when you last communicated to ensure a timely follow up.