Finding the perfect internship can be a lengthy, stressful process. Luckily, we have a few tips to make the interview process less painful! Follow these suggestions and you’ll be well on your way to a successful interview with an internship offer right around the corner.
Be Ready for Anything
One of the most important parts of the interview process takes place before the first handshake. Take the time to prepare for your interview. It will make the process less stressful and much more promising.
• Choose your interview attire carefully. Make sure you have everything ready – from your suit jacket to your polished shoes. Whip out the iron if need be.
• Research the company. This will help you provide answers that related to the job you could potentially be doing. Plus, it will show you put in extra effort and are truly serious about the position.
• Jot down several questions you want to ask the interviewer.
• Print an extra copy of your resume – just in case the interviewer doesn’t have one on hand.
• Practice answering some sample interview questions. This will help you gain confidence and be concise when providing answers.
• Print out driving directions to the interview. Make sure you leave with plenty of time to spare. This will help if you encounter a traffic jam, get lost, or have car trouble.
First Impressions are Important
The success of the entire interview might boil down to the interviewer’s first impression. He or she may put very little effort into the actual interview if you don’t make a positive impression right off the bat.
• Be on time. Showing up late to an interview is practically synonymous with “I don’t really want this internship.”
• Be yourself. Yes, you are trying to market your abilities and skills. However, you don’t want to appear fake or snobbish.
• Remember nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal communication. Have a firm handshake. Maintain eye contact. Find a way to appear poised, yet comfortable and relaxed.
If you are interviewing for a position such as a graphic designer, photographer, or teacher, bring samples of your work.
A popular technique is Behavioral Interviewing. The interviewer will provide a scenario and ask how you would handle it. While you are preparing for the interview, take this technique into consideration. Then, when the time comes, you can reference previous relevant experiences. Provide examples of how you have handled a similar situation in the past.
Questions and Answers
Make sure you really understand the questions before providing an answer. Don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
Don’t spend too much time on a single question. However, make sure you have answered it entirely before moving on.
Interviewers often ask for a list of strengths and weaknesses. Obviously, you’ll need to shed light on your negative attributes. However, don’t dwell on them. Make a reference to things you think you need to work on; then, point out actions you have taken to improve these deficits.
We’ve already mentioned the first impression is so very important. The closing of your interview is just as memorable. End with confidence, say thanks to the interviewer, and ask when you can expect to hear back.
After the interview, follow up with a thank you note. Reaffirm your interest in the position. By doing this, you will show the interviewer your interest is sincere and you are willing to go the extra mile.
Good luck with your internship interview. Have confidence and you’ll knock ‘em dead!
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Adam writes on the behalf of Intern London.