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Job InterviewFender
May 31, 2002 2:30 PM
Next week I have a job interview in San Francisco. I went through the phone screening and made it to the second and final round. There is also one other guy. NOw, this could be my first job out of college and I just want some pointers on what to say and what type of questions to expect. I am an international business major, fluent in spanish and bi-cultural (raised and educated in mexico) and applying for a position in the marketing department. From what I know, its going to be a panel interview. Also the company is flying me from San Diego and paying a nights stay in S.F.
re: Job Interviewmr_spin
May 31, 2002 3:06 PM
If this is your first job and they know it, they probably won't grill you on much. The best thing to do is relax and enjoy it. I know that sounds strange, but you don't have the job now, and if you don't get the job, have you really lost anything? Win or lose, you get a trip to SF! Enjoy it.

I know nothing about marketing, but if this is a marketing firm, they are probably going to ask you to develop a simple marketing plan for something. Tell us how to market ice to Eskimos, for instance. Or they will ask you about a marketing plan you did in college (did you?). Be ready to come up with something, hopefully with a lot of creativity. Don't be afraid to think big (national ad campaign, direct mail, sponsor a Division 1 cycling team, etc.). Make sure you are familiar with marketing strategies and lingo, and use it.

Unless they bring it up, do not ask about money, benefits, or anything compensation related. Lookup and ask the HR person before or after.
re: Job Interviewcory
May 31, 2002 8:44 PM
I'm a newspaper reporter, and we look down on marketing people*...but we work with them a lot, and you have a couple of things going for you.
Your language ability is a huge plus. My newspaper has paid for conversational Spanish classes for several reporters, and we look for people who can speak the language. Finding people who can struggle along in both languages isn't hard, but somebody who's truly fluent, who can write well in both, is valuable and becoming more so. You're certainly competent in English--if you can do nearly as well in Spanish, you're going to find a job pretty quickly, even if this isn't it.
As far as the interview--show up on time (I've had candidates come in late, with no notice and no excuse), answer the questions in a straightforward manner, don't scratch your head with the fork if they take you to lunch. You might be prepared for some vague speculative question ("Where do you see yourself in five years?") or self-evaluation ("What can you offer us that no other candidate brings?"). But as the other post said, the worst thing that happens is you get a trip to San Francisco. You'll like it--I grew up around there.

*We look down on them because they work five eight-hour days a week and make more money than we do....
thanks guysFender
Jun 1, 2002 12:27 PM
thanks for the info. I'll let you know how it went!
tell them how you will make them money (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 3, 2002 8:24 AM