The Job Interview

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= Personal Anecdote =

During the summer of my junior year, I cruised online job postings for internships like I normally did. I emailed my resume left and right and got a few interviews, but no serious prospects. And to tell you the truth, I wasn’t that impressed with the nuts-and-bolts many of them were offering, like no pay.


Later that day, I came across an interesting job post, with words like “… elite company … looking for dedicated, outgoing … ,” I’m there! I read on: “… marketing and public relations … ,” I’m still following. They must be reading my resume through clairvoyance!


I immediately emailed them. Two minutes later, I received a reply: “Can you interview next week?” I answered: “Yes, I can interview next week.” She emailed back: “Call this number and ask for Gina.” Me again: “Okay.”


I called the number. A woman answered and asked me if I had sent a resume. I told her about the email series and left the person’s name. “Okay, let me check your resume and call you back in ten minutes,” she said. I waited.


Ten minutes went by, and then the phone rang. “Brie Hart,” I answered.
“Hi, this is Gina getting back to you–”
“What year did you graduate high school?”
“May 2009.”
“No. What year did you graduate high school?”
My voice crippled as I clamored through my wits. “Ugh. Let’s see. 1993.” I couldn’t remember exactly.
“You know this internship is unpaid?”–translation: old college students want money and we don’t have any to give them.
“Oh really?”
“I’m sorry then. I was looking for a paid internship.”
The conversation ended, with this older student.



“We are living in a world, where what we earn is a function of what we learn.” – Bill Clinton


What to Wear to a Job Interview

You will spend nothing shy of a few hundred dollars for work attire once you land a job. You’ll need at least six outfits to mix and match; that’s one outfit for five working days, and an emergency suit in case you didn’t get laundry done over the weekend.

A new pair of shoes is also in order. Buy something that matches all of your garments, like a neutral color. The last thing you’d want to do is show up at a job interview in your lavender wing tips!



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  • Cubicles: The Art of Working With Distractions
  • Million Dollar Vocabulary
  • Employee Code of Conduct
  • Indentured Servitude: Internships

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