More than 90 percent of journalism and mass communications grads reported getting at least one in-person job interview soon after graduation. Yet, a little less than 74 percent ended up getting a full or part-time job. So, what went wrong?
News anchor and reporter Byron Brown from WJTV in Jackson, Miss. says there are a number of mistakes interviewees make.
“If you do get the interview, dress for success,” says Brown. “As my father said, from your hairline to the shoe shine, make sure you are dressed for the interview.”
Brown, who was at Ole Miss for the annual Mississippi Association of Broadcasters Day, says he’s also amazed at how many people forget that the interview continues outside the news director’s office.
“When you’re out in the newsroom just kind of milling around, that’s the second part of the process,” Brown says. Though you might think the tough part is over, Brown maintains that what the rest of the staff says about you after you’ve let your hair down can affect whether or not you get hired. He also urges preparation for the position.
“Know something about the company; know something about the managers you’ll be talking to,” says Brown. He also suggests it’s very important to come in able to articulate your goals and to show you’ve learned something about the community where you’ll be reporting.
The job hunt for thousands of May grads is officially on — be sure you’re one of the success stories!
Story contributed by Deb Wenger, Dir. of Undergraduate Journalism at the Meek School.