Help 12K Young People Ace Their Interviews

Helping 12,000 Young People ACE their Interviews so they can get Accepted into their Dream Schools & get Hired at their Dream Jobs and Internships.
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Philip Blackett
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The 1-Minute Introduction

Hi! My name is Philip Blackett from Memphis, TN.  In my short life, I've been blessed to get accepted into numerous colleges (including the Ivy League), worked and interned on Wall Street and at a number of Fortune 100 companies and non-profits and recently got accepted into my dream business school: Harvard Business School!


Now, I want to pay it forward and share with our young people how they can get ACCEPTED into their dream schools and get HIRED into their dream jobs and internships too by teaching them how to ACE their interviews.

"To Whom MUCH is Given, MUCH is Required" 

Why do I want to Help our Young People?

I recognize that I didn't achieve my dreams on my own.

Someone helped me out.  Actually a LOT of people helped me out.

Especially this person...

My grandmother saw potential in me before many others did.  I share more about her impact on me when you watch the video above.  An elementary school teacher by trade, she believed in me and the beauty of my dreams before I could.  She worked with me when others would have given up.


My biggest joy in life was making her proud and watching her smile.  When she passed away in 2011 from a really tough battle with pancreatic cancer, I made a commitment to invest in young people the way my grandmother did in me.

How did this Interviewing get started?

While I was working on Wall Street after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I wanted to share with other college students some best practices to help them when they interviewed for summer internships and full-time jobs after they graduated.

        "If you get, GIVE.  If you learn, TEACH."  -- Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

One day, I combined all the best tips and strategies I learned over many years into one presentation and called it the "3 B's to Ace Your Interview" workshop.

I first did this workshop at my alma mater for a couple audiences and got great feedback.  However, it was only until I got an email from one of the students telling me that he successfully got a summer internship after applying my advanced interviewing principles...that was when I started thinking "there may be something more to this..."


Listen to What Others Had to Say...


Fast forward 3 years later...I just got into my dream business school, and I wanted to help my friends get into business school too.  I did personalized mock interviews for a number of them and got great feedback again.

Once I started hearing some of my friends ACING their business school interviews afterwards (a few of them now joining me this fall at Harvard), that was when I knew I needed to bring this to the masses to help THOUSANDS of young people ACE their interviews to get into their dream schools and get hired into their dream jobs and internships too.

Afterwards, I started creating my offerings to help young people ace their interviews and founded a mission-driven startup: Magnetic Interviewing, LLC

Practically, everything is in place but I need YOUR support to help me reach over 12,000 young people to share my best practices and help them ACE their upcoming interviews this year, so they can get ACCEPTED into their dream schools (both college & graduate school) and get HIRED into their dream jobs and internships.


Imagine the type of impact we can have on the lives of 12,000 young people nationwide by helping them get accepted into college or graduate school, get hired at their dream job or internship, get off unemployment or even become independent enough to move out of their parents' house once and for all...

That's what WE can do together with your support of this campaign!

What We Need The Money For?

By helping us raise at least $50,000, you will help us afford the following:

  • Web infrastructure to best attract & serve 12,000+ young people
  • Customer relationship management to manage & grow our business
  • Social Media Marketing & Advertising to get the word out nationwide
  • Other operating expenses to keep the lights on & our business running

What if WE raise MORE than $50,000?

Raising $50,000 will help position us to start serving the 12,000 young people to help them ACE their interviews.  If we raise MORE than $50,000, we will be able to build more intensive grassroots & multimedia marketing campaigns in specific target markets to build relationships with the right partners to help us serve beyond 12,000 young people in the long term.  Listed below are our "Stretch Goals", along with the specific target market we can better serve if we reach a certain funding level: 

  • $60,000 = Boston / Cambridge, MA
  • $75,000 = Memphis, TN
  • $100,000 = Research Triangle Park (Raleigh, Durham, & Chapel Hill, NC)
  • $120,000 = Atlanta, New York City or Charlotte, NC
  • $150,000 = Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, TX

The Impact that WE can Have Together

This campaign will help us address two major issues among our youth:

Access to Higher Education

  • Over 17.4 million students are enrolled in college
  • Yet, college admissions is more competitive than ever before (2013 stats)
  • Acceptance rates at the top 50 U.S. business schools are lower also
  • Because getting accepted (even with a scholarship) is so ultra-competitive, the interview has become even more important now

Youth Unemployment

  • In the USA, youth unemployment was 13.2% in May 2014 (overall: 6.3%) 
  • Youth make up 40% of the world's unemployed with 12.6% global UE rate
  • Youth Unemployment has become South Africa's most critical challenge
  • Youth Unemployment is not only a problem in the USA and South Africa, but also in Australia, Great Britain, Italy, China and other countries
  • With more Baby Boomers retiring each year, replacing them in the job market has become even more competitive globally - putting more emphasis on the interview to help one differentiate from the competition

The Bottom Line

Even if our young people have all the necessary education and skills to perform well, because there is a limited supply of available jobs, competition is so intense and cutthroat, and they have to figure out a better way to differentiate themselves so they have a better chance to get the job.  This also applies to higher education, where our students are competing with their counterparts from all around the world for spots at the same institution.  To get accepted into your dream school, you have to stand out from the crowd.  

In 2014, one of the best ways to stand out from the crowd, whether you're applying to go to school or to get a job, is to ACE your interview.  There's not much discussion about how to ACE your interview vs. how to craft your resume or how to study for the SAT / ACT / GMAT.  Through Magnetic Interviewing, I created something that I wished I had when I was applying to schools, scholarships, internships and jobs.  It is the culmination of years of trial-and-error, much research, and best practices learned from others.  I want to be able to provide this to at least 12,000 young people over the next 12 months and grow that number this time next year.  

However, I cannot do this on my own.  I am asking for your support - whether by selecting a perk on the RIGHT side of THIS page, coupled with a financial contribution, or by sharing this campaign with others who may be interested.  

Other Ways YOU Can Help

We appreciate ALL contributions - whether $1 or $6,000.  However, if you are not in a position to contribute financially, YOU can still help us out:

  • Please SHARE this website on social media with those you know (friends, family, work colleagues, etc.) who would be interested in education, job / career preparation, and the future of our young people (Millennials) 
  • Please SHARE this website if you know someone who has a son or daughter with an interview coming up soon or if you know of a friend or mentee who is preparing to apply to college or graduate school this fall.
  • Use the Indiegogo share tools on this page or refer people to Help12K.com
  • If you're on Facebook and need a sample post to use (feel free to edit to your liking), try one of these (copy & paste):

Do YOU Care about the Future of our Young People? Let's Help Them Secure a Better Future by Helping Them ACE Their Interviews: www.Help12K.com

I just supported an Indiegogo campaign to help 12,000 of our young people ACE their interviews to get ACCEPTED into their dream schools and get HIRED into their dream jobs and internships.  Check out the campaign here: www.Help12K.com

  • If you're on Twitter and need a sample tweet to use (feel free to edit to your liking), try one of these also (copy & paste):

Let's Give 12,000 #Millennials the Gift of a Better #Interview.  Check out & SUPPORT this cool @Indiegogo campaign: www.Help12K.com

I just supported this @Indiegogo campaign to #Help12K #Millennials to ACE their #Interviews.  Check it out here: www.Help12K.com

Thank you so much for supporting this campaign & spreading the word!! :)

"If you're not making someone else's life BETTER, then you're wasting your time.  YOUR life will become better by making other lives better." -- Will Smith


FAQ

Why Indiegogo?  Why fund this project with crowdfunding?

This campaign is about our young people.  Before we consider any angel, seed or venture capital funding, we believe that the first line of support should come from our community of young people and those who believe in the future of our young people.  

Can you describe to me what Magnetic Interviewing is?

Magnetic Interviewing, LLC is a for-profit social enterprise that focuses on helping young people ace their interviews so they can get accepted into their dream schools and get hired at their dream jobs and internships. 

Why help 12,000 young people?  How will you help them?

When this social enterprise was created, I had a vision of having a significant impact in the lives of MANY young people.  Success to me, in our first 12 months of operation, is to help at least 12,000 young people ACE their interviews so they can get ACCEPTED into their dream schools and / or get HIRED for their dream jobs and internships.  That comes out to about 1,000 young people per month on average.  

This is a goal that, with your support, we can achieve in our first 12 months not only through our online offerings but also through collaborating with local high schools, community colleges, colleges & universities, graduate schools, career centers, college & career guidance counselors, complimentary businesses and non-profit organizations.  YOUR support will help us achieve OUR mission.

Which interviews have YOU aced using the principles and strategies behind Magnetic Interviewing? 

From using the best practices and strategies within Magnetic Interviewing, I have received acceptance and job offers from such places as:

  • Harvard University (with Navy ROTC scholarship)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Morehead-Cain scholarship)
  • Yale University
  • Brown University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Goldman Sachs
  • One Economy Corporation
  • Citigroup
  • Harvard Business School
  • The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania MBA program)

In full disclosure, to prevent any potential confusion, this campaign and Magnetic Interviewing are not affiliated, endorsed or supported by any of the above institutions, companies or organizations.

Why not wait until after you complete business school to start this?

With me being in school for two years, our upcoming high school juniors and seniors are at risk of not having the opportunity to learn these strategies and best practices to help increase their chances of acing their interviews to get into their dream schools.  That's two years worth of thousands of college students who would not potentially have access to this information before they apply to fall / summer internships and part-time / full-time jobs during school and after graduation.

Our young professionals looking to go back to school or applying to their next job would be better off if they had this available to them in 2014 vs. 2016.  The information is ready to be shared with those young people willing to invest in themselves and their careers to get what they want.  Two years' deferral represents two years' of missed opportunities for thousands of young people. We don't want to risk that.

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  • $100USD
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    FREE T-Shirt + Strategy Guide

    Be one of only 500 to wear your support of helping our young people with your very own Magnetic Interviewing t-shirt. We have 8 colors available for most sizes. Plus, you will get FREE access to my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide. Transferable to another person with an upcoming interview.

    3 out of 500 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $1USD
    Gratitude + FREE Bootcamp

    You will receive our heartfelt thanks for your contribution from where we are, along with free access to our 7-Video "How to ACE Your Interview" bootcamp online. Transferable to another person who has an upcoming interview.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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    Facebook / Twitter Shoutout

    I will personally give you a shoutout either on Facebook or Twitter in gratitude of your contribution. (Please provide me with your Facebook profile link or Twitter handle)

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  • $5USD
    YouTube Shoutout

    I will record a personalized 2-minute YouTube video just for you, thanking you for your contribution to our campaign.

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $10USD
    Thank You Card

    I love greeting and thank you cards! For your $10 contribution, I will personally send you a Thank You card, so you can keep a memento of how you have helped our mission get fulfilled.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $20USD
    Thank You Card + Brownies!!

    Not only will you get a personally written Thank You card from me, but you will also receive a pack of my favorite brownies! Delicious!!

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $25USD
    FREE Interview Strategy Guide

    Get FREE access to my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide - PDF copy with over 60 pages of principles, strategies and exercises to help you ACE the interview. Transferable to another person who has an upcoming interview.

    3 out of 1000 claimed

    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $50USD
    My Silly Dance Video + BONUS

    Taken out of my Personal Vault, my silly 1990's throwback dance video can be yours to view, smile and laugh at my own expense. (BONUS: My Magnetic Interviewing Strategy Guide) Though I think I dance pretty well...I'll let YOU be the judge when you make a $50 contribution. Please don't embarrass me and upload it to Facebook ;-)

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    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $75USD
    My Interview Confessions

    Get FREE online access to my "Interview Confessions" series - essentially over 40 audios and tutorial videos going over intermediate principles and best practices covered in my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide, as well as some advanced techniques to increase your chances of ACING your upcoming interview. Transferable to another person.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $125USD
    3 Webinars + Strategy Guide

    Would you like me to teach you the principles of Magnetic Interviewing LIVE online? Gain FREE access to 3 Group Coaching webinars with me and a group of other students on a Google Hangout. You'll also have a complimentary PDF copy of my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide. Transferable to another person.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $200USD
    Ask Me ANYTHING!

    Got a specific question regarding your interview that you want me to answer personally? No problem - I'll record a video answering up to 3 of your questions to help you ACE your interview. Also, you'll receive TWO bonuses: my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide and FREE online access to my Interview Confessions audio and video series. Transferable to another person (friend, son, daughter, mentee, student).

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    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $250USD
    Personalized Mock Interview

    To help you ACE your upcoming interview, I will personally interview you where I will review your application / resume before the 30-minute mock interview and afterwards offer candid feedback on your answers and what to do to improve. Perk good until June 22, 2015. Bonuses: my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide and my Interview Confessions audio and video series. Transferable to another person (friend, son, daughter, mentee, student).

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  • $400USD
    TWO Mock Interviews from Me!!

    Got more than one interview to prepare for? No problem - I will make myself available to do two 30-minute mock interviews to help you ACE those interviews. Perk good until June 22, 2015. Transferable to another person (friend, son, daughter, mentee, student).

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  • $500USD
    "ALL IN" Combo Pack

    Receive ALL that I have to offer to help you ACE your upcoming interview: my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide, "Interview Confessions" audio and video series, access to my Group Coaching webinar series, and a personalized mock interview with me. Transferable to another person (i.e. friend, son / daughter, mentee, student).

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  • $1,000USD
    Teach Your Audience Virtually

    Your audience (i.e. study group, learning team, school, nonprofit, organization) and I will get together virtually on a Google Hangout where I will personally teach the "3 B's to ACE Your Interview" for an hour and take questions from your audience afterwards to help them prepare for their upcoming interviews.

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  • $1,500USD
    Sponsor 5 Students

    Grab the "Learning Team" package - because of your contribution here, 5 students (of your choosing) will gain full access to my "ALL IN" combo pack: my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide, "Interview Confessions" audio and video series, access to my Group Coaching webinar series, and a personalized mock interview with me.

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  • $3,000USD
    Sponsor 10 Students

    Grab the "Study Group" package - because of your contribution here, 10 students (of your choosing) will gain full access to my "ALL IN" combo pack: my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide, "Interview Confessions" audio and video series, access to my Group Coaching webinar series, and a personalized mock interview with me.

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  • $5,000USD
    Sponsor 20 Students

    Grab the "Classroom" package - because of your contribution here, 20 students (of your choosing) will gain full access to my "ALL IN" combo pack: my Magnetic Interviewing strategy guide, "Interview Confessions" audio and video series, access to my Group Coaching webinar series, and a personalized mock interview with me.

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  • $6,000USD
    Teach Your Audience LIVE!

    I will travel to where your audience (i.e. school, study group, learning team, nonprofit, organization) is and deliver either a 20-minute keynote or teach the "3 B's to ACE Your Interview" LIVE and take questions from the audience afterwards to help them better prepare for their upcoming interviews.

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