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Interviewing 101: 10 tips and tricks

| Casie Kamph

You’re on your way to landing the internship of your dreams! You’ve put the application in, sent your resume along and officially scheduled an interview. So, what do you do next? Prepare for the interview. Rock the interview. Land the internship. If you’re not sure how to accomplish those steps, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you prepare for and rock your interview, so you can land the perfect internship.

1. Do your research.

Know the position you’re applying for and what the company is all about. Look through LinkedIn, Facebook and their current website to learn all about them.

2. The interview starts when you walk in.

When you open the doors to the lobby, you are beginning your interview. Be kind to the receptionist and keep your phone in your bag. If you need a distraction, review your resume, notes, questions, etc.

3. Ask questions.

Remember, you’re interviewing the company as well to see if it’s a good fit. Ask questions like:

  • What do you like about working here?
  • What is a typical day like for interns?
  • What exactly do you do for your position?

4. Body language is everything.

Crossing your arms and slouching makes you seem very uninterested in the position. Sit tall (this even gives you confidence) and show them why you’re excited to be there.

5. Be specific.

Answering questions with “yes”, “no” or a few words won’t give insight to who you are. When you talk about time management, give an example of when you managed your time well.

6. Write out questions in advance.

Many interviewers ask basic questions that you can easily prepare for. Think about those questions, find ways to explain them and write them down for reference during the interview. Knowing you’ve already answered something will take away the jitters.

Common questions:

  1. What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  2. Why do you want this position?
  3. What skills could you bring to the team?

7. Be confident and relax.

You may feel nervous and a little tense, but remember how awesome you are! The more you relax and remind yourself how qualified you are to be there, the easier your interview will be.

8. Bring along extra resumes.

Just in case the interviewer(s) don’t print a copy of your resume before the interview begins, you’ll be prepared to give them one. Then you’ll feel comfortable referencing it if need be.

9. Get the 4-1-1.

Check in on Google News to see what’s been happening with the company. Then check in on their social media to see the culture. This will give you the inside scoop.

10. Send a follow-up note.

Whether it's an email or hand-written letter, thanking the interviewer, reminding them of why you’d do a great job and expressing your interest will go a long way. Do this within 24 hours of the interview.

Interviewing can be tricky and sometimes intimidating, but we’re here to help you get over those nerves. If you practice a few of these tips and tricks, you’ll be on your way to landing the internship you really want. Remember to bring your best self to the table and employers will be excited to have you join their team. Good luck, Blugolds! We believe in you.