7 Tips to Get You Through Your Internship Interview

Mags Bryant ’16.

“So, where have you, are you, or are you hoping to intern?”

It’s like the college version of “So, where are you applying to go for college?” It’s no question that internships can enhance not only your college experience, but also impact your future as well.

It’s almost Spring, which means internship fever is in the air. You’ve sent in applications, combed over every detail of your resume, and even made a few last minute clothing purchases, all in the name of looking professional, of course. So what’s left?

The interview.

You’ve heard the horror stories of interviewees freezing up when it counted most and the equally intimidating rock stars who own get hired on the spot. There are even Buzzfeed articles ridden with pop culture gifs about interviews. It’s natural to be nervous, but don’t let the stress get the best of you. Here are seven tips that will help you to stick the landing on your interview that will (fingers crossed) help you land the internship too!


  1. Research the Company

Know to whom you’re speaking and about what you are speaking. The more you know about the company, the more you can say. Employers want interns who are passionate about the position knowing your fast facts conveys that you’re done your homework.


  1. Prepare Ahead of Time

If possible, sit down with a friend, professor, or mentor, and do a mock interview. Try to pick someone whose criticism will be constructive and from whom you won’t take feedback too personally. A mock interview is a great way to work on your improvisation skills and quick thinking, which can be useful with unexpected questions. The more comfortable you get talking about yourself and the job ahead of time, the more confident you’ll feel on the big day.


  1. Be Professional, but Memorable

Outfits can be tricky. Sometimes business casual is interpreted differently. When it comes down to it, it is better to be overdressed than to be underdressed. You don’t need your tiara or your black-tie attire, but you should aim for the most professional version of yourself. While it’s important that you dress to impress and act as professional as possible, but remember to still let your personality shine through.


  1. Arrive Early

Give yourself more than enough time to get to the interview. It is better to be early and have a chance to collect yourself and relax than to be in a run in frantically like the elevator was on fire. Account for traffic and any other kind of delay or potential snag in your schedule!


  1. Be Deliberate

Be concise and clear with your answers and take your time when you respond to questions. It’s important that you take a second to formulate your thoughts so that you can give the best answer. Remember to provide real life examples to support your interview answers.


  1. Prepare Your Own Questions

This is your time to ask any questions you may have. Remember that an interview works both ways. Not only are they interviewing you, but you are also interview them. Besides proving to them on paper you would be a great fit for the company, the interview serves as the perfect opportunity to see if you, as a person, also fit within the company.


  1. Makes Copies of Your Resume and Other Essential Documents

Always have a copy just in case. It might make you feel more prepared to have it on hand, but also helps in case whoever is conducting your interview asks for it.


For more horror stories to make you feel a little more at ease, check out more from Buzzfeed here.

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  1. Posted April 12, 2015 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    I found this post to contain very helpful insight on what employers are looking for. As a sophomore transitioning from typical high school jobs to internships related to my major, I have had little practice with professional job interviews. It seems very important to go above and beyond with company research and interview practice for these competitive jobs. Although work experience is always an advantage, employers put a large emphasis on preparation and presentation.