You've been doing a ton of interviewing lately and nothing seems to stick. You are interviewing for fall internships, jobs -- you'll take what you can get. You keep messing up the interview and you don't know why. Here are 8 reasons (compiled from employers) why you didn't get the job or internship.
1. You didn't sound excited or passionate about the brand, the company, the day-to-day or the interview. Overall, you sounded like you could fall asleep at any moment.
I received some fan mail the other day from a student in Michigan who really wants to intern in NYC. She feels like the companies in NYC only want students who are local and that the internships are unpaid (for the most part). She’s not sure if she should stay home to work and save up money -- or just take the leap. She wants advice.
I’m sure many of you can relate to what this student is feeling. I wanted to provide a few pointers to help you get hired as an intern in NYC:
I've had at least two students this week tell me about great opportunities (at their internships) to meet with top executives and participate in group or individual informational interviews. Whenever you have these opportunities, you MUST take them! Seize the day, if you will :) Informational interviews might be intimidating, but if you are prepared you will feel and appear much more confident. Here are some great questions to ask during your informational interview:
1. How did you get started? Where was your first job?
As a law student, where you intern matters. Your internship has the potential to turn into a full-time job after law school. While some people make light of interns as unpaid workers at the bottom of the ladder, getting exposure to the kind of work that goes on in your chosen field of law builds a strong foundation for success -- and finding a job after graduation.
I know that some of you are still interviewing for last minute internships -- and I applaud you. If you don't have an internship for this summer, it's not too late and you still have a great chance of landing an opportunity. We still have plenty of postings available on www.internqueen.com. I know several of our ambassadors are still interviewing at really great companies this week, and many of you have asked me about last minute interview tips. You all want to know what you can do to stand out. Here's a few tips for that last minute interview:
An internship is a two-way process. Interns get the opportunity to experience their chosen careers in real time while employers get the chance to test the workplace-metal of potential employees. It's win-win on both sides of the fence.
Anyone who's seen me speak knows that my rule of thumb when it comes to staying in touch with employers is that you stay in touch three times per year. I'm not in school anymore, but I still follow this concept of staying in touch three times per year -- fall, spring and summer. You want to get in the habit of building below-the-surface relationships. Find out what drives people. Did your boss just get married? Is your boss going to Hawaii over the summer? Is your boss obsessed with his/her dog?
In this age of technology that we live in, applying for a job across the nation or even in another country has become possible with the aid of Skype interviews. Instead of asking someone to come to an interview thousands of miles away, companies are able to perform formal interviews with the candidate in order to eliminate travel. Here are some life saving tips on how to handle the Skype interview and how you can make a huge impression without being in the room with he interviewer.
Lauren Berger created Intern Queen Inc. in 2009, after successfully completing 15 internships and college and recognizing a need for more internship resources. Her online platform, www.internqueen.com, serves as the home of the business and allows students access to apply for any internship they want free of charge. The site also features daily content on how to make the most of high school, college, and post-grad experiences.