You have applied for a public relations (PR) position with a RM 10.2 million savings and loan association,

You have applied for a public relations (PR) position with a RM 10.2 million savings and loan association,

a conservative financial institution that has been in existence for over 50 years. The organization has never employed a PR person before. Now that its assets have risen above 10 million, however, the president of the institution feels it is time to hire someone to ‘do the PR’.

During an interview, the president admits he is not sure what PR is, but he is fairly sure he wants the person he hires to plan promotions and stage events that will attract new customers, write stories that will get free space and time in the local media and start an employee publication. The president also states that he is open to suggestions about the position and asks you to explain how you would establish a professional, effective PR program if you were hired.