Currently engaged in my second internship, I’ve learned some valuable lessons in regards to handling an interview.
My recent internship’s interview process was fairly traditional. Aware that a job opening existed on campus with Career Development, I sought further details. Everything happened quickly, and I found myself scrambling to compose a legitimate resume and cover letter. I now recognize that it’s key to have these things prepared ahead of time, since you never know when an opportunity may arise. Looking back, this process would have been less stressful if I would have had these documents organized.
Aside from a professional appearance, personality and demeanor are critical. Confidence is crucial during an interview. It’s important to relax, but also to be open and enthusiastic. Now is the time to break out of your shell a bit. Don’t be afraid to elaborate on your statements during an interview. This assists the employer in seeing a truer you, and in gaining a more-detailed answer. Make sure to back up any positive claim about yourself. Always provide further information.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Questions can often show your intelligence and your interest in the company and position. Prepare yourself by researching your employer prior to meeting.
After the interview, always send a thank you email. Make sure to follow up with the employer and be prompt with returning messages.
By Timothy Weaver, Career Development Intern