This is a guest post by our campus ambassador Rachel Gault from Iona College.
Landing an interview for an internship is extremely exciting.. and can also be somewhat nerve-wracking. Keep these tips in mind the next time you&re preparing for your big interview:
1. You should already be familiar with the company you&re hoping to get an internship with, since you&ve applied for the position. But why did you apply to work at that particular company? Prepare yourself to answer that question with a little something more than "I want to gain more experience."
2. Look up the person you&re interviewing with on Linkedin and learn more about them. This will prepare you to have a little something extra to bond with them about or to discuss during your interview.
3. Print out materials you&ve worked on at previous internships or in class (related to the industry) to bring in with you. This will allow you to showcase your best work and give the company an idea of your style.
4. Be prepared to turn the tables. Have questions ready for your interviewer not only regarding the position, but also about them--what they like about the company, their job, their experiences in the industry, etc.
5. Ask what the next steps are in the process-- Is there a round 2? Do you need to submit additional materials? When will they be making their decisions about the candidates? If you&re selected for the position, when would you start?
6. Send a thank you--but not right away. Chances are, you&re not the only candidate the company is looking at for the position. Wait 3 or 4 days and then send your message. By waiting, you&ll be fresh in their minds after they&ve met with other candidates.