Today I had my first ever internship interview. And I did some things right… and some things not so right.
The night before, I spent extra time studying the company and googling the person I knew would be interviewing me. I woke up early, and made sure I was looking my best. I picked out my outfit the night before, did my hair and makeup, and made sure my outfit was free of lint and wrinkles.
I didn’t print out copies of my resume and cover letter until the morning of my interview, so I was scrambling around getting that done. I also probably could have re-done my nail polish as it was a little chipped, but I didn’t have time.
I grabbed a banana to eat on the way. Yay food!
While doing my makeup, I lost track of time and left 15 minutes later than I had intended to. On top of that, once I got in my car I realized that I was running low on gas.Obvious interview tip #1: Make sure you have enough gas in your car to get to the location. Click To Tweet
While in the car, I listened to a podcast with some interview tips and practiced my answers to popular interview questions. (Tell me about yourself, strengths/weaknesses, why should we choose you).
If there is one thing that is on almost every “interview tips” list, it’s to plan extra time for parking and finding the office. I was planning on this… until the makeup snafu mentioned earlier. So I showed up to my interview approximately 3 minutes late. However, you guys should have seen me full-out RUNNING in the parking lot. Nonetheless, I was late.
This is when I like to think that things started going my way. I greeted the interviewers (Surprise! There were 4!) with a good handshake, eye contact and a smile. The main interviewer then opened with his first question, “tell us a little about yourself.” And I was ready! I think practicing what I was going to say beforehand really helped with my confidence.
When they asked if I had any questions for them, of course I was prepared and asked my question. It was about something that the lead interviewer had made, and he loved talking about his (awesome) creations. You need to show genuine interest in the company and in what the internship is involved in! I think my enthusiasm made me stand out.
I got it!
After the interview, I was confident in how I had done, but worried because the interview had been a little shorter than I expected (around 20 minutes). It sounded like they were going to be interviewing others, so I decided to push it from my mind and headed home. Lo and behold, they called me on the way home and offered me the internship!
I’m very excited and can’t wait to learn and grow in this amazing opportunity. I hope this list has helped you if you are preparing for an internship interview. The most important things to do are prepare, be yourself, and be confident! Remember that you got the interview… and that’s half the battle!