Interview tips from HarperCollins’ Sam Missingham

Interview tips from Sam Missingham and other contributors on Twitter:

  • Don’t be late.
  • Be yourself.
  • Smile and maintain eye contact.
  • Do your research. Know their products/titles/ethos.
  • Interviewers are not trying to trip you up.
  • Don’t lie about what you’ve read.
  • ASK questions. Intelligent, informed questions which themselves demonstrate having done homework.
  • Show off your skills – using WordPress, Excel, HTML, Photoshop – if you taught yourself all the better.
  • Be aware of the competition.
  • Get insider knowledge if you can.
  • Standard questions:  what sort of books do you love? Favourite authors? And why?
  • An interviewer will be VERY impressed if you spend your spare time blogging, writing reviews & communicating passion for books
  • For marketing, you need to be on social media, communicating love of books & building an audience (I like to see 200+ followers on any platform)
  • For marketing jobs, prepare for: What book marketing has impressed you? What motivates people to buy books? etc.

Full list of tweets below!

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