Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Intern Opportunities: 26 February 2013

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Interview Preparation: Don’t be caught out

Countless times I’ve written blog posts on how preparation is the key to success at any interview. I’ve written before about creating interview answer packs and preparing STAR answers. However, sometimes the less complex the question is, the easier it is to fall short on making a positive impression – a positive impression should be the outcome of any interview. Therefore, ensure that your preparation covers all the basics as some simple questions may be overlooked. Have a read of the below and make sure these questions don’t catch you out.

Talk to me about yourself
You’re probably tempted to tell the interviewer all about your interests in terms of hobbies and the things that you do in your spare time. I’ve always interpreted this question as more along the lines of ‘give me a snapshot of the person you are according to your CV?’, e.g. ‘I’m an enthusiastic graduate who has always wanted a career in publishing and started work experience during my time at University...’ and so on. A minute answering this question will suffice.

How would your friends describe you?
If you haven’t thought much about interview questions before, then just know that this question can open up a variety of answers at an interview. However, there are no tricks involved when answering these type of questions, all you need to know is that you should give positive answers e.g. ‘I’m friendly, personable and funny’ - avoiding answers such as annoying, silly and immature. This may sound really obvious to some of you but interviewees do answer these questions without thinking about the impression they’re making. A basic question requires a basic answer that makes a positive impression.

What would your previous boss say about you?
Again, this is another version of the above question and unless you’ve thought about it before, your instinctual answer may not be an answer that puts you a positive light. As with the above, the right answers consist around talking about your strengths e.g. ‘my previous boss would say I’m organised, punctual and committed’.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?
Be careful of this question as it requires some thought beforehand. Firstly, think about the role you’re applying for, e.g. is it a role that has a clear progression? Can your potential employer offer that progression? If there is progression, you can talk about this in your answer if not, keep the answer generic and state how you see yourself in an office job working hard with new skills and achievements.

What’s your weakness?
This question should be answered with a weakness that is truthful but again, you should try to keep yourself in a positive light. For instance, ‘I think I need to work on feeling more confident when expressing my ideas’, this is a much better answer than stating ‘I find it difficult to get along with people- that’s why I left my previous company’. Hopefully you can see the stark contrast between these two answers as well.

And if they ask again...
Some interviewers can really probe you on certain questions, which is also a big giveaway on how much preparation you’ve done. Make sure you prepare at least two weaknesses and if they still ask for more weaknesses simply tell them you don’t have any more. 

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Intern Opportunities: 19 February 2013

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Intern Opportunities: 12 February 2013

  • A new luxury magazine is looking for a journalist intern. An impressive intern could join the team permanently. 
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Opportunity of the week...
Menyou is a brand new digital retailer launching in the UK in March.  We are looking for a highly motivated intern with a huge passion for publishing who is comfortable and willing to learn about the digital space.  As a digital retailer we are launching with a broad array of content across music, film, TV, audio books, ebooks and much more.  Joining our expanding UK office, the right candidate will be driven, have an encyclopaedic knowledge of books and publishing, and a passion for making it in the industry.  
Working at our UK head office in Soho, you will be tasked with helping us grow and administer our Publishing department, first in the UK and then Europe.  The position is for 3 months part-time with travel expenses paid and the opportunity for the right candidate to turn it into a permanent paid position.  
Please send your CV and a covering letter stating your 3 favourite independent authors to Ben Dellow.

Blogger competition
Tower Hamlets youth charity Futureversity is giving London's 15-21 year olds the chance to win an iPad as part of a writing competition to get young people blogging about their ideas, opinions and solutions to problems.
Entry competition is free and is open to all young people from 15 to 21.
To enter:
Submit 500 words on what you feel is the biggest issue facing young people today. This could be how young people are represented in the Media, tuition fees or the recession.
Entrants will need to include their name, age and contact details at the top of the article.
Each entry will be judged on its relevance, the ideas discussed and on the ability to present arguments from a unique point of view. One of the aims of the competition is to help young people write about their ideas and think creatively about solutions to youth problems.
The deadline for entries is midnight 15/02/13.
The winning entries will be published by online FV1 magazine www.futureversity.org/FV1 on 22/02/2013. London entrants only. Please email your article to Laura Liszewski.

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Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Intern Opportunities: 05 February

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Are you a writer?
ReadWave is looking for original, contemporary short fiction for its Short Story Anthology, 2013. ReadWave is a new digital publishing platform that enables writers to build up a fanbase and market their stories online.

ReadWave is home to writers of all varieties, from sci-fi to literary fiction, and the anthology will be equally eclectic. We're looking for well crafted stories in 1,500 words or less. Stories with a twist at the end are especially welcome.

The anthology will be available in paperback and as an eBook, and free ebook copies will be distributed to all ReadWave members. 

If you are interested in submitting a story for the anthology please upload it to ReadWave.com and then send a link of the story to submissions@readwave.com

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