Last week on Twitter, a student sent me this question. They said, “How do I answer the – why do you deserve this – internship question?” I wanted to make sure I took some time to think on this one and craft a thoughtful response. I looked up the word deserve on dictionary.com. Here’s what the actual definition says:
to merit, be qualified for, or have a claim to(reward, assistance, punishment, etc.) because of actions, qualities, or situation:
I’ve been getting lots of questions about how to best prepare for a Skype or FaceTime interview (that’s right – people are doing interviews over FaceTime now!) I wanted to put together a few tips for you to read over to prep for that big interview. Good luck!
One of the questions I’ve been getting frequently is how to answer the “What makes you unique” interview question. I wanted to make sure to include this in a blog so all of you can better prepare for upcoming interviews. To make this question feel a little more familiar, they are basically asking what makes you different than everyone else. What do you bring to the table that the next candidate doesn’t? What do you bring to the table that your friend doesn’t? The answer to this question should incorporate two or three of the bullet points below.
Many of you have internship interviews coming up over the next few weeks and you are nervous, I know. With the goal of helping to calm your nerves a bit, here are a few reasons why you should take a deep breath and not freak out before the interview.
1. They Like You, That’s Why They Called. If a company is interviewing you, it’s because they reviewed your materials and they liked what they saw. Think about that – they already like you. They read about your experience and were impressed – that’s why they are bringing you in.
We are right in the middle of internship season and with that comes lots and lots of interviews – phone interviews, group interviews, in-person interviews, Skype interviews, and follow-up interviews. Seven out of ten times you are going to be asked the same first question in every interview that’s conducted by someone you haven’t spoken with before and that’s, “Tell me about yourself.” Employers ask this question for two reasons. First, it’s an easy ice breaker. They are going to let you steer the ship for a moment.
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.