Don't Waste An Employer's Time

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Don't Waste An Employer's Time

As mentioned, you will read several blogs about time management on http://www.internqueen.com. It's a favorite subject of mine to cover. Everyone needs to be mindful of how they spend their time and other people's time. In the professional world, people come to work and have limited hours to get everything done. Most internship coordinators are also entry or mid-level employees at a company - meaning they have plenty of extra work in front of them besides just hiring the interns.

As an intern, here are a few rules to follow to make sure you aren't the cause of any time wasting:

  1. READ THE POSTING. Before applying to an internship or job, read the entire posting. Take a moment to soak it in and determine if this is a position you are interested in and would like to apply for.
  2. CUSTOMIZE YOUR MATERIALS. I did a blog earlier in the week about Trash Can Resume. Again, don't waste an employer's time by sending them materials that aren't customized for the specific position.
  3. BE HONEST. If you get an email from an employer about a potential interview and you know you don't want the position, email them back and tell them the truth. Be as positive and grateful for the opportunity as possible and explain you are no longer available.
  4. ASK QUESTIONS DURING THE INTERVIEW. Make sure you get off the phone or out of the meeting with a clear understanding of your potential employer's expectations. Ask them to describe a typical day at the internship.
  5. RESPOND ASAP. If you are offered the internship, let the employer know if you will be accepting the position ASAP. The longer you wait, the more time you are wasting. Things come up and often times students are offered more than one position. Again, be honest and try to keep up the relationship as best you can.