communications

Interviewing Questions Specific to Major or Field:

  • Information you believe to be untrue or confidential has reached you via the grapevine. What actions have you taken in the past to take care of situations such as this when communication is out of control?
  • Give me an example, from your past work experiences, about a time when you were part of a project or team and you never knew what was happening with the other action items or participants. How did you handle this situation? 

  • The interviewer might ask a question about your ongoing media contacts.
  • The interviewer might ask you to describe how you’ve integrated social media into your public relations strategy. Provide specific examples to show your knowledge of social media and how you’ve achieved results online. (http://work.chron.com/job-interview-questions-answers-communications-manager-23332.html)
  • When did you decide that you want to pursue a career in digital marketing and why? (http://www.neilsrecruitment.co.uk/resource-guides/digital-media-interview-tips-for-graduates/)
  • What experience do you have in Digital Media?
  • Why should we hire you for this digital media position? (http://www.slideshare.net/Rihanna456/top-10-digital-media-interview-questions-and-answers)
  • How do you use social media as a tool for customer service?
  • How could you leverage YouTube in order to promote our brand and increase engagement?
  • What social media campaigns have you produced and/or managed? Tell me about them.
  • What is a limitation you have experienced on a social media platform? How did you overcome this? (http://www.skilledup.com/articles/19-social-media-marketing-interview-questions-answers)

  • Employers will expect you to be adept at crisis communications if you’re seeking a communications manager position. In addition to asking how you’ve handled crises in the past, interviewers also might pose a hypothetical situation and ask how you would handle it (http://work.chron.com/job-interview-questions-answers-communications-manager-23332.html)

  • Bring samples of pieces you’ve written or edited. Include printouts of your work or provide the interviewer with a link to your website. (http://work.chron.com/job-interview-questions-answers-communications-manager-23332.html)
  • What do you think of our website/ newspaper, what do you think we could do better?
  • Tell us about a time when you have found your own story.
  • What would you do if someone called the newsroom and said there was an explosion in a nearby town?
  • How would you cope with door knocking? (http://journograds.com/2014/08/07/10-journalism-job-interview-questions/)

  • Employers will expect you to be adept at crisis communications if you’re seeking a communications manager position. In addition to asking how you’ve handled crises in the past, interviewers also might pose a hypothetical situation and ask how you would handle it (http://work.chron.com/job-interview-questions-answers-communications-manager-23332.html)
  • Why do you want to work in PR?
  • How would you balance advocacy and objectivity?
  • How would you put together a pitch?
  • What media outlets do you follow on a regular basis? Why those ones?
  • What skills do you have that would help communicate a client’s message?
  • How would you go about finding relevant contacts and sources?
  • How would you deal with a PR crisis? (http://www.skilledup.com/articles/12-public-relations-questions-answers-jump-start-pr-career)

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  • You might be asked questions regarding your experience in working with reporters or news outlets to place stories. Prepare an example of a time you reached out to the media to publicize an event or issue. Explain the methods you used to secure media coverage (http://work.chron.com/job-interview-questions-answers-communications-manager-23332.html)
  • Why do you want to work in television?
  • What do you like most about the show?
  • What do you think we could improve on the show?
  • Have you done any running or work experience for TV before? (http://wanttoworkintelevision.com/what-will-they-ask-at-my-interview-for-a-tv-job/)

Job/Internship Strategies Specific to Major or Field

  • Communication Studies is a broad degree that can lead to job opportunities in many different fields; Think outside of the box.
  • Communication Studies is good preparation for graduate school in many disciplines including communication, law, education, business, public administration.
  • Contact local newspapers, magazines, online newspapers for potential opportunities.
  • Use our http://www.unhcareercenter.com/
  • Communications positions can also be located in businesses, government, nonprofits, etc.
  • If you’re interested in government/politics think about contacting a local politician and work on his/her campaign.
  • Contact local law offices, legal aids, courts, etc
  • Think about a potential future in education, research, administrative services, etc.
  • If there is a social movement you feel strong about see if there is an organization for it, contact it and see if there are any opportunities available.
  • Contact local radio stations, broadcast groups, etc
  • Museums and Libraries may have positions related to film history/archives.
  • Businesses may need producers for commercials.
  • Think about internet based groups such as Yahoo and Google.
  • Think about local book publishers.

Resume Tips:

  • Use key words, change them depending on the position you are applying for.
  • Keep your related experience first, show the employer that you have experience for the position you are applying for.
  • If you have an online blog, or have worked for the school newspaper, etc put a link to where they can find it or find an online portfolio. If you have a printed out portfolio bring it with you to your interview.
  • Focus on impact and success. (ie: Minimized damage to brand after national food poisoning incident.) (http://www.blueskyresumes.com/free-resume-help/article/5-tips-for-media-and-communication-resumes/)
  • include specifics on what you have been able to accomplish for specific brands/companies
  • Include links to your social media accounts (http://www.prnewsonline.com/water-cooler/2012/09/27/8-steps-to-a-killer-pr-resume/)
  • Don’t keep student projects on for too long, unless a film does very well and wins an award at a festival, it is not a real credit.
  • Don’t put too much information, keep it short and sweet.
  • Don’t just list titles of projects you have worked on, include some details.
  • Categorize your projects; for film keep it by genre, for TV keep it by type (movie, tv series), for journalism keep it by type (magazine articles, newspaper articles). (https://www.productionhub.com/blog/post/tips-for-creating-a-solid-production-resume)
Job Title Median Salary Outlook
Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers $115,750 12% (average)
Advertising Sales Agents $46,290 -1% (no change)
Editors $53,880 -2% (no change)
Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators $46,280 +3% (less than average)
Producers and Directors $71,350 +3%
Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts $37,0990 -13% (decline)
Broadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians $41,200 +9% (average)
Printing Workers $34,100 -5% (decline)
Writers and Authors $55,940 +3% (less than average)
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers $95,450 +13% (average)
Public Relations Specialists $54,170 +12% (average)

What Can I Do with this Major?

Communication

Cinema Studies

Electronic Media

Journalism

Public Relations