This blog post was written by Brittaney Lynch, our Campus Ambassador from University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Yes! The company you’ve always dreamt of interning for called you back and they want to set up an interview. You know you’ve got the skills and the passion but is that going to be enough? The interview is the golden ticket to landing an internship. It’s your opportunity to show the employer exactly who you are and what you’re like as a person. Making a good impression is extremely important. Body language and facial expressions play a large role in how you present yourself. You want to show your potential employer that you are the total package so here are a few tips to present yourself as best as possible:
1.) When you’re speaking to an employer, sit up straight. This shows you are being attentive and are listening to what he or she is saying.
2.) Make eye contact while speaking AND listening.
3.) Relax your hands and arms. Don’t cross your arms. This can seem hostile.
4.) Try not to fidget or play with your hair. You’ll look like you’re worried or nervous. Never let ‘em see you sweat!
5.) Stay positive and always wear a smile! The simplest frown or smile can affect someone’s opinion about you.
Not only is body language important when first entering a new job or internship, but it’s also necessary to maintain for the rest of your time at the company. Whether it’s with your boss or your co-worker, presenting yourself well can help form good relationships and connections that can lead you to success!