Students: Preparing for an internship interview

Having the opportunity to work as an intern is a very great honor that should be entered with the utmost respect and appreciation. To be chosen among a group of individuals with the same career paths and educational history makes you a diamond in the rough. Even if you don’t have the same credentials as someone else, your internship interview could be the ticket that sways the interviewer to choose you.  Here are some some tips to increase your chances of being chosen for that internship with good interview skills.

Be Natural

Prepare for your Internship InternvewIf you really have a passion for your career choice, it will exude through your very being.  Let the potential employer see you for who you really are.  Often times, it is very easy to see when someone is putting on airs or not completely being themselves.  Allow the interviewer to see that you are relaxed, comfortable, and genuine. If you are wearing a jacket, take it off and neatly lay it to the side. Any bags or briefcases can be set down next to you. Holding on to all your belongings in your lap can restrain you from self expression and makes you appear uncomfortable. Be conversational versus cut and dry. Being personable will allow the interviewer to remember who you are. However, be sure to maintain a level of constraint by being polite and respectful at all times throughout the interview.

Be Prepared

Do your homework about the company with whom you wish to be an intern. Learn things like when the company was founded, be familiar with the products and services offered, and their various locations (if multiple). Dig a little deeper to find out the company’s mission statement and values. You can typically find this information on the company website in the “About Us” section. Research social media to find out the buzz about the company. Learn what others have to say about the company and what sets them apart the rest of the competition. Don’t forget to research who is in charge of the whole operation and learn facts about that person. You will have more conversation to bring to the table in your interview when you are armed with as much knowledge as possible.

Practice

Ask a friend to help you prepare for your internship interview with a practice run.  Let your friend be the interviewer and go through a mock interview to help you learn how the interview will flow. Come up with questions you think the interviewer will ask you and be ready with the best possible answers. Allow your friend to give you feedback on how you can present yourself better in the interview. Practicing with a friend can help you reduce your interviewing anxiety in a low pressure environment (and yes, we realize you may feel silly doing this!). This can also help you to relax and you can even think of your friend during the real interview if you become nervous.

Ask Questions

At the end of most interviews, an interviewer may ask the interviewee if they have any questions. What kinds of projects will I be working on on a daily basis? What is the company culture like?  What is the overall goal for me to meet as far as production goes?  What is the next step in the interview process?  These are a few sample questions that can provide with a lot more information than just leaving the interview without asking anything.  Finding out the next step of the interview process can keep you in the know once an interview is over.

Feel prepared enough for that internship interview?  Visit www.bridge.jobs to start looking for an internship.

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About bridge.jobs

Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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