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RECENT PLACEMENTS: Jeff Owen – PCG SportsDesk

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Jeff Owen as National Director, Corporate Partnerships at PCG SportsDesk.

Prior to accepting this position, Owen served as Vice President of Sales for Impression Sports & Entertainment, responsible for high profile sponsorship sales for sports marketing agencies including college football bowl games, stadium/arena naming rights and league partnerships.

In his new role, Owen will have a dedicated focus on driving new revenue for their existing and growing client base.  In addition, this position will be responsible for ongoing business development to meet and exceed budget and revenue goals, working with their creative team to secure new business for PCG SportsDesk.

   

About PCG SportsDesk

Founded in 2007, PCGSportsDesk is a full-service, independent firm focused on partnership sales, innovation and digital strategy to maximize scale, solve business problems and directly grow revenue and outreach for some of the world’s most prominent sports, entertainment and municipal brands.

A forward thinking team committed to an innovative approach to driving revenue and solving business problems.  They inspire the sports and entertainment industry to find comfort in the uncomfortable, challenge the status quo and redefine the possible.

With offices currently in Chicago and Dallas, PCGSportsDesk represents regional, national and international clients, including professional sports leagues, teams, events, municipalities, entertainment districts, and malls like FELD Entertainment, Hendrick Motorsports, Macerich Malls, Rosemont Baseball, and Village of Rosemont (Allstate Arena, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, MB Financial Park, etc.).

Prodigy Sports welcomes Jeff Owen to PCG SportsDesk!

Best of luck in your new role!

 

RECENT PLACEMENT: Lainie Gentile – PCG SportsDesk

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Lainie Gentile as National Director, Corporate Partnerships, PCG SportsDesk.

Prior to accepting this position, Gentile spent five years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Lynx& Target Center as Partnership Sales Manager. She was responsible for generating revenue for teams and facilities by creating strategic partnerships for new business.

In her new role, Gentile will have a dedicated focus on driving new revenue for their existing and growing client base.  With a focus on national sales, Gentile will be responsible for ongoing business development for their revenue goals, as well as securing new business opportunities for PCG SportsDesk’s growing list of clients.

 

About PCG SportsDesk

Founded in 2007, PCGSportsDesk is a full-service, independent firm focused on partnership sales, innovation and digital strategy to maximize scale, solve business problems and directly grow revenue and outreach for some of the world’s most prominent sports, entertainment and municipal brands.

A forward thinking team committed to an innovative approach to driving revenue and solving business problems.  They inspire the sports and entertainment industry to find comfort in the uncomfortable, challenge the status quo and redefine the possible.

With offices currently in Chicago and Dallas, PCGSportsDesk represents regional, national and international clients, including professional sports leagues, teams, events, municipalities, entertainment districts, and malls like FELD Entertainment, Hendrick Motorsports, Macerich Malls, Rosemont Baseball, and Village of Rosemont (Allstate Arena, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, MB Financial Park, etc.).

Prodigy Sports welcomes Lainie Gentile to PCG SportsDesk!

Best of luck in your new role!

 

RECENT PLACEMENT: Mandy Mora – Americrown & International Speedway Corporation

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Mandy Mora as Director of Accounting with Americrown & International Speedway Corporation.

With 20 years of experience, Mora began her career with Sodexo in 2002 working on the US Army base in Kwajalein Atoll as a Unit Controller.  She then transitioned to a HUB Controller for the Campus Services division where she managed financials for 71 units and over $96 million in revenue.  In 2014, Mora joined Emory University as Unit Controller III.  She then went on to hold the same position at Stony Brook University and most recently Georgia Tech, both under Sodexo.

In her new role with Americrown, Mora will be primarily responsible for preparation, review and communication of the business unit’s financial statements and controls, as well as, participating in the development and execution of the business unit’s strategic initiatives.

About Americrown & International Speedway Corporation

International Speedway Corporation, (“ISC”) founded in 1953, is a leading promoter of motorsports-themed entertainment activities in the United States. The company owns and/or operates 13 of the nation’s premier motorsports entertainment facilities, which in total, have approximately 900,000 grandstand seats and 500 suites. ISC’s facilities are located in six of the nation’s top 13 media markets and nearly 80 percent of the country’s population is located within the primary trading areas of its facilities. ISC promotes major motorsports events in every month of the racing season — more than any other motorsports promoter. Collectively, the company’s facilities promote well over 100 motorsports events during the racing season.

Americrown, a subsidiary of International Speedway Corporation, was formed in 1989. It is the leader in motorsports catering, concessions and merchandise sales and service. Operating at 12 NASCAR and IndyCar-sanctioned tracks nationwide, Americrown touches millions of race fans annually. Its ever-growing fleet of mobile food concessions, merchandise and catering equipment is unparalleled in the industry.

Prodigy Sports welcomes Mandy Mora to Americrown & ISC!

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RECENT PLACEMENT: Craig Amhaus – Pocono Raceway

Prodigy Sports is pleased to announce the recent placement of Craig Amhaus as Executive Managing Director, Partnership Sales and Service with Pocono Raceway.

Prior to accepting this position, Amhaus spent five years with the Philadelphia Union as Vice President, Corporate Partnerships and spent two years as the Director of Partnership Development with Just Marketing International.

In his new role with Pocono Raceway, Amhaus will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive internal and external sales, sponsorship and partner relations resulting in increased service, partners, exposure, revenues and profits.

About Pocono Raceway

Pocono Raceway, also known as ‘The Tricky Triangle,’ is family-owned and situated in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In business for over 50 years, the Raceway hosts multiple, national motorsports events including two Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, one Verizon IndyCar Series, one NASCAR XFINITY Series, one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and two ARCA Racing Series Presented by Menards events each year. The Raceway has added multiple, adventure-running series events to their annual calendar, including the Warrior Dash. Pocono Raceway is recognized as the world’s first, privately-owned solar-powered sports facility. Their 25-acre, three-megawatt solar farm provides the energy needs of the Raceway, as well as, adds electricity to the local power grid. Each member of our raceway staff is committed to creating exciting experiences and lifelong memories.

For more information, please visit www.poconoraceway.com.                   

Prodigy Sports welcomes Craig Amhaus to Pocono Raceway!

Prodigy Sports Celebrates 10 Years

Prodigy Sports celebrates 10 years in business this October

(FREEHOLD, NJ) – October, 2017 – In October of 2007,  Prodigy Sports was formed and quickly established itself as a preeminent sports and entertainment executive recruitment firm. As we are celebrating our 10th year in business, we have unrivaled experience across the sports and entertainment industries.

In addition, our full-time dedicated executive search team is the largest of any boutique sports firm in the U.S. Led by Founder & CEO, Scott Carmichael, Prodigy Sports has over 80 combined years of experience and the deeply-rooted relationships that come with it.  We have placed hundreds of candidates in a variety of business functions within organizations, representing all disciplines, including senior management, sales, marketing, operations, and administration. Not only are our placements varied across the sports landscape but our candidate pool is always widely diverse.

As we’ve celebrated our years in the business, we have highlighted our “Top 10’s” of Prodigy Sports’ first 10 years. Leading up to our official anniversary date of October 27th, Prodigy took a look back at our greatest highlights of the last 10 years.

As we celebrate our anniversary, we would like to take this time to offer our most sincere, heart-felt and humbling thank you to our valued clients.  Without their commitment, trust and continued loyalty, the past 10 years would not have transpired.  We’d also like to deeply thank our placements, colleagues, friends and family for their loyal support over the last ten years. We are humbled by our success, growth, and the future of Prodigy Sports.  Simply – we are where the BEST BRANDS COME FOR THE BEST TALENT.

CONTACT: Megan Meisse,
megan@prodigysports.net or 732.303.9950.

PS10: Top 10 LinkedIn Tips

As Prodigy Sports celebrates our 10th Anniversary, each month leading up to our celebration, we will be highlighting our “Top 10’s” of Prodigy Sports’ first 10 years.

In March, we are recognizing our Top 10 LinkedIn Tips. These helpful tips have been designed by our senior staff of recruiters here at Prodigy. While there are many other tips and tricks to the perfect profile, these are the top 10 our recruiters look for and to keep in mind.

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  1. Update your profile so that it is current and not outdated when taking a new role.
  1. Always stay connected and engage with your professional community. Social media is the greatest networking tool – so use it!
  1. Fill out the descriptions of roles with accurate information and keywords. We want to understand your roles of what you do day-to-day.
  1. Build relationships and add connections by showing value and offering a win-win. The benefit of LinkedIn is you can see what connections you have in common. (mutual connections, tiers of connections).
  1. Provide your contact information including your personal email address and cell phone. Let’s chat – you never know where it will lead to or who you may share connections.
  1. Check your account regularly (for messages, comments, requests).
  1. Include links to professional websites, work portfolio, and other useful articles. Show off your work. If you are a sales professional, share your numbers. If you are a marketing professional, what makes your profile unique?
  1. Have an appropriate and formal headshot.
  1. Network even when you don’t need something – congratulate people on their successes, wish them well in their new jobs, and engage in industry conversations. Even if you are not in the hunt for a new opportunity, meeting people can always benefit your career in one way or another.
  1. Leverage LinkedIn as a gateway to emails, phone calls, and in-person meetings. At the end of the day, you made your LinkedIn profile for some reason. Take advantage of the millions of people on this great social platform.

 

Stay tuned next month for more of our Prodigy Sports Anniversary Countdown!

If you have any questions regarding our 10th Anniversary, please contact Megan Meisse at megan@prodigysports.net.

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PS10: Top 10 Clients in Digital Sports Media

As Prodigy Sports celebrates our 10th Anniversary, each month leading up to our celebration, we will be highlighting our “Top 10’s” of Prodigy Sports’ first 10 years.

In June, we are recognizing our Top 10 Clients in Digital Sports Media.  These clients of ours have excelled in their social media platforms, digital networks, and virtual interaction with their fans. Some of the below are large sports franchises, however, others are mobile apps that excel in their content creation for teams and fan engagement. Through these top 10, we are proud to call them clients and enjoy seeing what their next moves are, only a tweet away.

Los Angeles Kings

Twitter: @LAKings

When it comes to social media, the LA Kings have risen through the ranks over the past years as they deviate from the traditional professional strategy. In doing so, the Kings have been known to kind-heartedly poke fun around the league as well as at sports media reports about their team. In recent sightings, the Kings have tweeted and created GIFS to and from celebrities around the industry, such as cast members from popular TV shows including The Office, Seinfeld and Breaking Bad. The Kings Twitter account has only grown more popular, and with their Stanley Cup Championship wins over the last few years, the LA Kings are able to make sports fun and enjoyable on and off the ice.

Dallas Cowboys

With millions of fans worldwide, the Dallas Cowboys are one of the most iconic brands in sports, with one of the strongest social media followings. Aside from their big-name athletes and top-notch stadium, their social pages are the ones to follow, with many current Cowboys players heavily involved in online communication with fans. Whether their posts show off their 91-acre premier sports and entertainment district, The Star in Frisco, or AT&T Stadium with its video walls and 11,520 square foot scoreboard hanging 90 feet above the field, all is a sight to see.

Sacramento Kings

It’s no secret that the Sacramento Kings have dominated in technology, not only through their social networks but within their arena, the Golden 1 Center. After several awards presented, some including “Most Tech Savvy Sports Team of 2016” by Sports Techie and “#1 Most Innovative Company in Sports” by Fast Company, the Kings use technology both on and off the court to revamp and redefine their fan experience. Keeping up with a competitive market, the Kings are now using push notifications sent from their app with videos, highlights, stats, scores and much more to engage fans. The goal in their new strategy is to push breaking news and updates ahead of the many other sports and news related apps people may use. When it comes to their social side, the Kings move past the traditional tweet and push to the next best thing.

UFC

Twitter: @ufc

Mixed martial arts were given little exposure in their early stages in the United States, but over the last decade, the UFC has emerged as one of the most captivating sports in the US today. Given its rise in popularity, UFC can thank their engaging social media platforms for helping to attract crowds to iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and selling millions of pay-per-view subscriptions for each fight. Dana White, UFC President, is often known to be outspoken and an avid Twitter user, who some may see as the unofficial voice of the UFC as well in their accounts. In 2011, the UFC created a Twitter bonus program, offering cash rewards to fighters who added followers and tweeted to engaged fans. Now with over 20 million followed across all social media accounts, the UFC is more successful than ever.

New York Yankees

Twitter: @Yankees

Although the New York Yankees are a client of ours, we are not biased ranking them amongst our top 10, despite our two most recent placements leading their social media team! As another iconic world brand, the New York Yankees are not new to the digital sports media era. In recent years with notable trades and player progressions, the Yankees have continued to further their social media presence. With the addition of younger faces to their roster, the Yankees have done an incredible job making those players accessible to their fan base and social media following. In several articles, Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner mentions that “by monitoring social media, it convinced him New York fans were ready to embrace younger players mixed with veterans”. Aside from their renovated roster, the Yankees host Social Media Night and have boosted their following during the season’s opening week as they now have the largest audience size across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram throughout the MLB, as stated by Unmetric, social marketing firm.

SeatGeek

Twitter: @SeatGeek

SeatGeek is one the top digital ticketing spaces that focuses on expanding its reach through the social media platform, Twitter. One thing that SeatGeek likes to use Twitter for is to interact with consumers to download their mobile app. This allows a user to click on a tweet about an event and directed right to the app making it more convenient for the consumer.  One thing SeatGeek continues to do is engage with their Twitter followers. With over 47,000 followers, they are constantly retweeting and replying to people on their page. They also have the ability to see exactly what the consumer tweets about and who they are following in order to place a specific advertisement in front of the exact market it wants. In their recent 2016 launch with SeatGeek Open, venues can sell tickets directly from their own websites, apps and social media accounts, and wherever else they might want to sell online.

 PGA TOUR

For a game that some may think struggles to engage the younger demographic, the PGA TOUR has gone to great lengths to maintain its fan base of all ages, especially through their development of Skratch, a digital video network that reaches those younger fans through digital content that covers the world of golf beyond the PGA TOUR and their competitions. Between the quick clips of highlights of golfers to daily humor through pictures, Skratch appeals to the millennial dynamic. As younger players rise to prominence and become the new stars of golf, such as Rickie Fowler, Ryan Palmer, Patrick Reed and many more, Skratch highlights them as well with a fun twist on traditional golf highlights.

Glory Kickboxing

Twitter: @GLORY_WS

Although somewhat new being founded in 2012, Glory World Series is an international kickboxing company, in which Glory Kickboxing has grown internationally as the world’s #1 kickboxing league. With over 40 events worldwide, ranging from France, England, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, the United States and many more, Glory Kickboxing has grown its social following through their excellent promotional videos leading up to each match. With Twitter as their biggest social platform, Glory does a great job with interacting with their fans, including many retweets, posting surveys and always including the fight number throughout their tweets. Because this sport is so popular internationally as well, Glory’s following is successful and hopefully can grow their league even more than it has in the years to come.

Experience

Twitter: @ExpApp

As a rapidly growing company, Experience utilizes their fan engagement platform at over 300+ sports and music live events around the world, allowing fans to personalize their live event experience right from their mobile device. With several strategic partnerships across the ticketing and sports space, Experience as a whole is a digital leader, not only through their social media but through their app itself. With proven case studies on their website from their clients like the Atlanta Braves, Boston Celtics and Atlanta Falcons, using their mobile app has driven younger fan bases to these teams, helped in renewals and increased season ticket members.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment

Twitter: @MSE

As Monumental Sports & Entertainment owns teams in the NHL, NBA and WNBA, their global coverage has grown the last year as their joined forces in 2016 with MP & Silva, as their exclusive worldwide marketing rights agent to secure sponsorship, naming rights and development. In their recent growth to expand their global brand, their three professional sports teams have expanded their presence as well. The NBA’s Washington Wizards host #WizSocial night, which allows fans to be a part of their social media team for the game. In mid 2017, MSE was recognized as “Best in Show” for the 2017 IES Sales Excellence Awards. Through their sales program, some highlights included the use of a mobile app as a sales training tool and recognizing their global partnership initiatives across their brands.

Stay tuned next month for more of our

Prodigy Sports Anniversary Countdown!

If you have any questions regarding our 10th Anniversary, please contact Megan Meisse at megan@prodigysports.net.

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PS10: Top 10 Innovative Clients

As Prodigy Sports celebrates our 10th Anniversary, each month leading up to our celebration, we will be highlighting our “Top 10’s” of Prodigy Sports’ first 10 years.

This month, we are recognizing our Top 10 Innovative Clients. These clients have been in the forefront of the technology space, either with their companies, their stadium/arena, or their recent partnerships. 

Please note: the below clients are listed in alphabetical order.

Dallas CowboysDallas Cowboys – The Star In Frisco

The Star in Frisco is a 91-acre premier sports and entertainment district for the Dallas Cowboys. Built in 2015, The Star is headquarters for the Cowboys, but also offers corporate offices and their practice facility, the Ford Center, a state of the art indoor football stadium that hosts a variety of events, restaurants, shops, hotel, medical center and more. With 12,000 seats in the Ford Center, 30 meeting spaces and a 60,000-square foot gym, The Star in Frisco is estimated at $261 million for the headquarters. With AT&T, the Cowboys installed interactive video walls, multi-touch displays and the ability to stream up to 16 different video applications feeds at the same time.

Experience – Company WebsiteExperience Logo

As a rapidly growing company, Experience utilizes their fan engagement platform at over 300+ sports and music live event partners around the world and allows fans to personalize their live event experience right from their mobile device. This young, growing company has recently signed partnerships in live entertainment, like the NFL, Ticketmaster and Live Nation, MLBAM and tickets.com, FELD Entertainment, Spectra, and Veritix.


Fanatics – Partnfanatics-logo-1erships

As the world’s largest collection of official fan gear from leagues, teams and players, Fanatics is the newest market leader for authentic, officially licensed sports merchandise. Fanatics operates more than 300 online and offline stores, for all major professional sports leagues, media brands and over 200 collegiate and professional team properties. Their latest partnerships include the NHL, MLB, NASCAR, NBA Store, just to name a few.


FAN MANAGERFan Manager – Company Website

With Fan Manager, sports and entertainment properties can understand who their fans really are. With offices in New York and Boston, Fan Manager, collects data from teams, leagues, social websites, mobile apps, e-commerce platforms and much more to identify key areas of fans to increase revenue. Fan Manager identifies fans who show specific brand preference, merchandise buyers, ticket and season ticket buyers, all to help teams and properties capitalize on these fans.

HeatMiami Heat – eSports Misfits investment

In early 2017, the Miami Heat acquired stake in multigame eSports organization Misfits. The Heat now assists in managerial duties around the brand, including a new rebrand to match the Heat colors, marketing, brand promotion and sponsorship. The Miami Heat taking on the dynamic world of eSports and hopefully expand the Misfits organization into a global eSports brand and company.

pgatourPGA TOUR – Skratch TV

Skratch is owned by the PGA and engages a younger demographic through digital content that covers the world of golf beyond the PGA TOUR and their competitions. Skratch features daily golf video comprised of original and curated programming, PGA TOUR highlights, and special production from events. “As younger fans find new ways to follow their favorite sports, it’s important to deliver great golf content to platforms that they use and in a voice that resonates with them,” said Tim Finchem, former PGA TOUR Commissioner.  “We believe Skratch TV will provide a tremendous new platform to effectively speak to this audience.”


sacramento_kings_logoSacramento Kings – Golden 1 Center

The Sacramento Kings were selected by Sports Techie as the most tech savvy team of 2016. This year alone, the Kings created a new standard with one of the most advanced venue, Golden 1 Center. The Kings debuted the NBA’s largest videoboard and the first to feature 4K Ultra HD resolution, development a dual-mode team and venue app and created a dual virtual reality broadcasts on emerging trends.

seatgeek_logoSeatGeek – Company Website

SeatGeek has recently been recognized by Glassdoor as Top 5 Best Places to Work in 2017. Not only is SeatGeek a leader in the digital ticketing space, but just recently launched a new way of giving ticket buyers a better sense of their seat with the 360-degree view of the empty venue, called Pano. With SeatGeek’s Open platform, launched in 2016, the company now entered the primary ticket sales space. With SeatGeek Open, venues can sell tickets directly from their own websites, apps and social media accounts, and wherever else they might want to sell online.

word-logoSportsdigita – Digideck

Sportsdigita is an interactive sports agency that specializes in digital sponsorship, ticketing, and fan engagement for teams and companies. Founded in 2011, Sportsdigita quickly grew a name for themselves, with their marquee product, the Digideck Platform. The Digideck is a cloud-based presentation platform that blends analytics, CRM integration and custom design to all branding and content needs. With their recent announcement with their new partnership with Learfield, Sportsdigita will now bring their Digideck platform to 120+ intercollegiate athletic department partners.

UntitledTD Garden – Arena Renovation 

New England’s largest sports and entertainment arena, TD Garden is home to the NHL’s Boston Bruins and the NBA’s Boston Celtics and hosts over 3.5 million people a year. From sporting events, iconic concerts, family shows, ice shows and much more, TD has hosted over 200 events a year. In 2014, owner and operator Delaware North invested over $70 million for an arena-wide renovation to upgrade the fan experience including redesigned concourses, new concession offerings and upgraded technology. The award-winning state-of-the-art TD Garden is a year-round, 19,600-seat arena, fully equipped with three private restaurants, 90 executive suites, 1,100 club seats, a multi-million-dollar high definition video scoreboard and complete 360-degree LED technology.

Stay tuned next month for our Prodigy Sports Anniversary Countdown for our

Top 10 LinkedIn Tips from our recruiters!

If you have any questions regarding our 10th Anniversary, please contact Megan Meisse at megan@prodigysports.net.

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PS10: Top 10 Resume Tips

As Prodigy Sports celebrates our 10th Anniversary, each month leading up to our celebration, we will be highlighting our “Top 10’s” of Prodigy Sports’ first 10 years.

In May, we are recognizing our Top 10 Resume Tips.  As leaders in executive search, we see 100’s of resumes each day. By using these simple tips, you can make yourself more appealing for potential job opportunities, thus landing that sought-after job interview.

  1. Provide basic complete contact information with accurate phone number and personal email address.
  1. Order your resume either chronologically and/or in order of importance; or both, when possible.
  1. Unless perfect, absolutely necessary, or done with a clear purpose, omit an objective or summary.
  1. Use bullets or other organization tools instead of lengthy paragraphs.
  1. No spelling issues or errors of any kind. Check your spelling and grammar and read over what you write.  Have someone else review it thoroughly.
  1. Be clean and consistent – check your spacing, margins, headings, font size and type, etc.
  1. Stick with the most relevant and recent content when deciding what stays or goes.
  1. Keep it simple – too many pages and people will stop reading.  Tell a story but don’t make it a novel.
  1. Blatantly showcase hard skills – technological, languages spoken; weave soft skills throughout.
  1. Accomplished professionals have goals and numbers – so share them! We want to see the work you have done and the accounts you are proud to share.  If not in sales, simply be specific and expand on the details.

Stay tuned next month for more of our

Prodigy Sports Anniversary Countdown!

If you have any questions regarding our 10th Anniversary, please contact Megan Meisse at megan@prodigysports.net.

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PS10: Top 10 Interview Tips

As Prodigy Sports celebrates our 10th Anniversary, each month leading up to our celebration, we will be highlighting our “Top 10’s” of Prodigy Sports’ first 10 years.

In July, we are recognizing our Top 10 Interview Tips.  As recruiters, these following tips are elements we experience every day while interviewing candidates. While there are many other tips and tricks to a great interview, these are the top 10 our recruiters look for and to keep in mind.

  1. Be on time! “On time is late, 5 minutes early is on time, and being late is unacceptable.”

If you are in fact running late, let the company and/or your recruiter contact know as soon as possible. Your punctuality says a lot about you and can ruin an interview from the start before even speaking.

  1. Do your research on the company and the interviewer(s) beforehand if you know who you will be meeting with (ask for an agenda if possible).

Check pronunciation on their name. Understand the company and their values, mission, overall direction, and relevant news. Most of the information you need to know is listed right on the company’s website or LinkedIn page if applicable. Show that you have done your homework by weaving that into your answers or questions.

  1. Practice interviewing at home. Prepare for the simple questions you know will be asked of you.

There are common interview questions that you can easily formulate answers for ahead of time. Aside from explaining your background, be prepared for questions like:  What are your key skills? Tell me about your greatest accomplishment?  What do you know about our company/this role? What is the biggest challenge you have had to overcome? What have you learned from a mistake?

  1. Dress the part. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Men, suit and tie are a must and be clean shaven (trim your beard as necessary).  Women, dress formally and be cautious of too much, potentially distracting, jewelry.

  1. Leave your cell phone and other electronic devices in your bag, or better yet, in your car.

Imagine being in the midst of an interview with a CEO of a major company and a text comes through, hearing the chirp. If it is necessary to bring it in your bag, play it safe and turn it off rather than taking your chances on silent/vibrating mode.

  1. Make direct eye contact.

Show that you are actively and genuinely listening to what your potential employer has to say. Be engaged in the conversation, however, leave the (too) personal stories at home. Show your human side, to the extent you feel comfortable, but your weekend stories should not be addressed.

  1. If you are doing a video or Skype interview, test the camera before your interview.

Technology has a funny way of playing with us when we need it the most. Skype and other platforms offer test calls. Utilize those to test the camera quality and the sound that the microphone and speakers work property. Position yourself in a well-lit area with a blank (or minimally decorated) wall behind you. Even though you are not in person, act as if you are in your dress, mannerisms, and speech. And, dress as if you’re meeting in person – (See No. 4 above.)

  1. Sell yourself. If you are applying for a sales role, demonstrate your ability to close a deal.

Depending on the position you are interviewing for, think about what skills are important to look for and to have as a candidate for this role. For sales, have a comfort level with high-dollar amounts and explain your deep rolodex. For more marketing/digital roles, promote your creativity and establish your own brand. If you are a problem solver, show your ability to handle difficult situations efficiently. Tell your story, use detail and examples.

  1. Think positive. When preparing for an interview, it is common to feel nervous.

Don’t let that overwhelm you. Everyone has achieved their level of success through an interview and they have been through it all. Be confident in your abilities, think about the path that got you to where you are and reflect that in your interview. Take a deep breath, relax.

  1. Always follow up with a Thank You after an interview.

A simple thank you email or handwritten note (a lost art) is a must. Don’t overdo it with following up if the interviewer gives you a timeline on their process. Most likely, a company will be interviewing additional candidates as well so try to be patient.


Stay tuned next month for more of our Prodigy Sports Anniversary Countdown!

Contact Megan Meisse at megan@prodigysports.net.