Once you have finally decided that a journalism career is the career path the you would want to take, then you should start preparing your credentials and sample works as early as now. This is very important because your credentials will serve as your greatest “backer” in applying for any position in the field of journalism.
By this time, you should also be applying for various media outfits and hope that some of then would respond soon. And when that time comes, there will be nothing left for you but to prepare for the interview.
Paying attention to the interview part
To most employers, the interview part is very important because this will help them determine if the person they are about to accept is not only qualified for the job but can also follow the company’s regulations as well. Here are some tips that can help aspirants to achieve that most-coveted journalism career:
1. Try to find a way to sell yourself to the interviewer. Usually, editors are the hardest people to sell yourself to during the interview because they feel that your article would say everything about you. But since it is necessary, they don’t have a choice but to conduct it to applicants themselves. If you are scheduled to be interviewed by the editor, make sure that you don’t waste his or her time by being straight to the point. You can discreetly sell your good points without being too obnoxious. You can mention a few of your good qualities such as your diligence or even resourcefulness in making articles and mention examples right away.
2. Take time to research about the company. If you have knowledge about the company prior to the interview, then you will have an idea how things work there. Before the scheduled interview, you can get copies of the articles that were published and review them. By doing this, you will be familiar with its readers and the type of articles and stories that are being published.
3. Show your interest in the company. You can do this by asking if there are training for new reporters and how is the advancement works. If you inquire about these, the interviewee will think that you are interested to learn and you have intentions of staying in the company for a long time.
4. Prepare explanations for your sample works. More often than not, interviewees ask about the sample works of the applicants. Although it is not a common practice to ask for an explanation about those sample pieces, there are those who do that to test how prepared the applicant is for the journalism career ahead of him or her. For you not to miss this chance, make sure that you choose the best sample works you have and prepare an explanation for these days before the interview take place.
5. Keep your humor. If the interviewer has a good sense of humor, try to ride with it and be a good sport. Most of the interviewers tend to be difficult to push the applicants to the wall. They feel that this is the best training one could get if he or she is looking forward to a journalism career. If you encounter these types of interviewer, always keep your emotions low and think that there’s really nothing personal about it.