By Carrie Ann Kandes, APR | KSU PRSSA Professional Advisor
I have a confession to make. I’m not in love with writing articles about the job or internship search. Don’t get me wrong – I agree it’s a critical topic for collegiates. But like the Kardashians, the topic is a bit, well, overexposed. It’s everywhere. Everyone talks about it. And everyone has advice about what you should do. Saying something profound – something you haven’t already heard – is a tall order.
That’s why I decided to focus this piece on what you shouldn’t do. During nearly 20 years in this business, I’ve interviewed a lot of candidates. And many of them have been recent grads. I’m always a little stunned by the mistakes that can completely derail an otherwise effective interview.
So as you look toward the end of another academic year and the search for a new internship or job, think beyond what you should do to prepare for that interview. Make sure you also consider what you shouldn’t do as part of your pre-interview regimen.
Note: In the interest of full disclosure, I must reveal that my Marcus Thomas colleagues Polly Ryder, Heidi Modarelli-Frank and Amber Zent contributed their thoughts to this list of don’ts. Thanks, ladies!
Carrie is the vice president and associate director of public relations for Marcus Thomas, a Cleveland-based integrated marketing communications agency focused on ideation and audience insight. A graduate of the KSU PR Sequence, Carrie has spent nearly 20 years in the industry.