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2/1/15

Job Interview: Editorial Assistant Intern

I just interviewed for an editorial intern position at a digital media company. The duties required of the intern are maintaining social media outlets, proofreading, and transcribing. I submitted my résumé and cover letter on December 19 and heard back from them on January 7. That was twenty days. My interview was today, January 12, twenty-five days after my initial contact. It's a part-time internship paid at $10 per hour. The interview was at 10 a.m. 

I might have blown off preparing for this interview if it was not for my friend Fredi who knows that I have been very depressed. A few days ago, she called to check on me and I told her I had two interviews today, both editorial internships. She began telling me what I needed to do to prepare, what, in her opinion, the employer was looking for. That was enough to get me to do the necessary homework of writing down answers to possible interview questions and rehearsing them. I spent much more time creating the answers than actually rehearsing and memorizing them. I am glad I took time to prepare. It was the difference between an average interview (which is what I believe I had) and a terrible one.

Jocelyn Green interviewed me. She asked me around five questions. They were "Tell me about yourself," "What do you know about this job?" and "Do you have any questions for me?" Questions specific to the job included "How are you with social media?" "What part of the article writing process do you like the best: interviewing, writing, or transcribing?" 

She did not ask me what interested me about the opening, what I know about their company so far, my experience at my last job, what experience I have in the skills required of the job, my strengths or weaknesses. I think the relatively few questions she asked had to do with the fact that the opening is an internship, not a job, and maybe also that she practically had her mind made up to hire me. 

It seemed like that at times. 

Just after my interview began, she invited the resident Spanish editor. Green was impressed with my Spanish writing and translating credentials and she hopes that I can help the Spanish editor who is currently wearing too many hats. She asked me to tell the editor about myself and then invited her to ask me some questions first in  English, then in Spanish. Then the Spanish editor left, but not before Green had told her that she had researched my writing and found it "amazing." I was surprised and very flattered. 

In total, the interview lasted around twenty minutes. Green told me that the most important trait for the intern is flexibility and that the internship can turn into a full time job. These were her answers to the questions I asked her. I got very nervous at the very end of the interview, I broke a sweat, and was awkward in the final verbal exchanges. 

I didn't leave feeling well. Earlier, I said that at times Green sounded like she had made up her mind to bring me on board. My intuition tells me that my nervousness at the end of the interview and during parts of the actual interview (specifically my words with the Spanish editor) made her uncomfortable and may have switched her decision. 

I will know for sure in a couple of days. In the meantime, I need to pretend like I won't be hired and keep sending out résumés and cover letters; making sure I do well next time!