How to get that internship?

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 9.50.28 PMAs the new semester starts more and more internships positions becomes available… But after spending from 1 hour to a couple of hours applying, the wait begins! And if you’re lucky enough you will get called for THE interview.

So here are 3 helpful tips to prep and prepare yourself for an interview:  

1)   RESEARCH

The worst thing you can do is go to an interview not knowing about the company! You need to show that you are genuinely interested to work with them.

Honestly everyone who got called for an interview has the qualifications to do the job so the difference between someone who got it and someone who didn’t is the amount of dedication and enthusiast they have shown! You really have to want the position (so when you apply choose carefully and be sure you are interested in the position)

Tip: What I like to do is always to put myself in the place of the interviewer so whom would you choose: someone who knows a lot about the company and seems genuinely interested or someone who knows a bit and just wants a job?

2)   PRACTICE

When you go to an interview there will be 2 main types of questions you will be asked: behavioral questions and questions about your CV/the position/ the company. So be sure to practice some of the behavioral question. By practice, I mean “google”(yes this is officially a verb) some questions and have concrete examples in mind you can respond with.

There is something called the STAR technique which is basically a form to respond to a question in a structured, clear and concise way:

Situation: set a clear context for you story (in one sentence)

Task: what was required of you

Activity: what you actually did

Result: how well was the situation played out

3)   SMILE

Often when you stress for an interview you forget to smile. But that’s quite important! At the end of the day an interview is basically a discussion between people (yes you have/need to ask questions too) and the people interviewing you want to know who you are as a person and they want to feel that they can trust you to do the job!

TIP: before an interview do what we call POWERFUL poses, it’s been said to decrease your stress level!

 

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