WHAT MAY HAVE GONE WRONG DURING MY PAGE INTERVIEW
I got to the final round of interviews to be an NBC Page, the only thing I really wanted (still want) to do after graduation. I should have gotten the job, but I didn't.
- •My outfitI wore a bright red (almost neon) blazer with black printed pants. All of the other girls were wearing grey or black pantsuits.
- •My interesting factI said that ever since I was in 3rd grade I've purposely worn non-matching socks. In England it's considered good luck if you wear odd socks, and I said want good luck all the time. Maybe they were grossed out by socks? Another girl said she had an extra bone in her foot, which I thought was way more gross.
- •The biggest risk I've ever takenI knew they were going to ask this question (after Googling 'page panel interview questions') so I was ready. I talked about how I Facebook/LinkedIn/email stalked producers and writers at SNL to get informational interviews with them, and how I actually landed 2. Maybe they thought this was creepy?
- •I complimented one of the interviewersI told her I liked her shoes and asked her where she got them from. She said Zappos and I said I love Zappos. Trying too hard to make an impression?
- •My answer to the 'big producing question'It's my dream to produce for SNL, or any other late night comedy show. They asked me what makes me different, why should I be the one producing. I said I'm funny, and they said 'everyone thinks they're funny'.
- •My continued answer to the 'big producing question'Then I said some other stuff and finally ended with 'I want it so bad, whenever they say 'Live from New York it's Saturday Night!' I want to cry because I want to be there more than anything in the world.' I feel like I could have come up with something better.
- •My presentationFor the interview you have to do a 2 min presentation that shows your work experience, personality, and education without singing, dancing, PowerPoint or video. I did a 'variety show' depicting the different Olivias (Cali Olivia, Seattle Olivia, Dr. Phil Olivia) with props. They laughed and said 'Great' but maybe it wasn't actually that good?
- •My emailAbout 4 weeks after my interview, I got offered a position at Dr. Phil. I couldn't leave DP hanging. I emailed NBC and asked a time frame of when they would be making a decision, because I had another job offer on the table, but that I wanted the Page Program more. The next day I got a rejection email.
- •Maybe I just wasn't the right choice, but I can't help but wonder why exactly I wasn't chosen.It's still hard to think about. I applied again this year and didn't even get a response back.