By Stylianos Mavromatis
1. Always have a smile on your face and greet with a strong firm handshake.
2. Do your research before going for an internship interview. Know what the company is working on and have in mind ways that can help the company go forward.
3. Prepare for common interview questions. Not only can the questions they ask you be the same, but it also helps you present yourself better.
4. Practice, practice and yes, practice. Not only to know what to say but also practice to have a stable mentality while answering the questions. You want to seem natural and not act like a robot.
5. Present your selling points clearly and using short stories. Don’t overanalyze. Present your point at first so that the interviewer understands it and then give an example if necessary or asked.
6. Be positive and always keep an open mind. Listen to the interviewer and pay attention to what he is asking. You don’t want to answer a question with another question.
7. Be confident. This whole interview is happening for you. You are presenting yourself and want to show to everyone that you are unique. Make the most of the “Tell me about yourself” question.
8. Prepare some questions to ask the interviewer as well about the company or the positions. The interview is not a one-sided thing. Good communication skills include listening and letting the interviewer know you heard what was said. Try to match their style and pace without losing yourself.
9. Don’t appear desperate. Stop presenting yourself with an attitude of “Please, Please, hire me!” because in that way you appear less confident and desperate. Reflect the three Cs during the interview: cool, calm, and confident.
10. Remember that if you don’t get a callback it’s not the end of the world. Keep trying and never give up! The average job opening attracts 250 different resumes. Only 2% of applicants will be called for an interview for the position. It takes five to six weeks on average to get a job offer.♦