How to prepare for an internship interview
- 16th August 2018
- Posted by: Internship in Brighton
- Category: Internship Tips
You created your CV, wrote an impressive cover letter, and it worked! You were called back for an interview! And now you are super nervous. So you can conquer yet another stage in the process of getting your dream internship, we have put together our best tips on how to prepare for an internship interview.
The day before the interview
While you can’t know for sure what questions they will ask you, certainly you can (and definitely should!) prepare good answers for the most common interview questions. Some of them are:
- Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What has been your greatest achievement?
- What are your goals?
- What are you most proud of in your working life?
- Give an example of your time when you had to cope with a difficult situation.
Now that you can talk about yourself, make sure you know how to talk about them too. Re-read the internship description and all information about the role you had when you sent in your CV, in order to understand what you are going to do during your internship and what kind of student they are looking for. Have a look on the company’s website and official social media profiles and try to understand as much as you can about what they do. Do you have any questions? Great! Write them down. Usually, at the end of the interview, you might be asked if there is anything else you want to know: that’s the time to show you not only know about the company, you also have the ability to reflect about what you know and you are always curious to learn more!
Another good idea is to try and find any previous interns on LinkedIn and ask them some questions, about what they did during their work placement as well as the company itself. You can also ask about their interview so you can have a very clear idea of what it could be like. However, don’t bank on the interview being exactly the same.
Finally, do you know the name of the person who will interview you? If you do, it could be interesting to search for them on LinkedIn, (and maybe even other social media), so you can have a better idea of what they do in the company, and what their career has been like. You may also find out you have things in common, which can make the interview less scary.
The night before the interview
What are you going to wear? This is a hard question, as different types of work require different dress codes. Your previous research probably gave you a good idea of the company culture and what they dress like in the office. When in doubt, over-dress: it is better to be the best dressed intern than to be the worst dressed person in the building!
Last thing: you shouldn’t need to say this, but… avoid alcohol and make sure you get a good night’s sleep!
The day of the interview
Now, what type of interview is it: over the phone, a video call or face to face?
If it is a telephone interview, we suggest you do the call standing up and maybe even walking around a little. It can help you seem more energetic when you are talking on the phone!
If it is a video call, you want to be sitting down – but, ideally, position your computer a little higher than a regular table. You want to the camera to be at your eye-level. Also, don’t forget to plan your background well. Can we suggest you try to be in front of a wall or maybe a book case?
Finally, if the interview is face to face, make sure you get to the interview place with time to spare. First impressions are important. You really don’t want them to think you are irresponsible and will always be late!
Good luck with your internship interview!