Intern Insights: Interviews

By Posted in - Community & Employee News & Public Relations on July 15th, 2011 0 Comments

Because Full Circle PR will soon begin interviewing candidates for our fall internship, I thought I would share some interviewing tips I have found helpful during my internship searches…

  • Be on time – Plan to be there 15 minutes before the interview starts. You may end up sitting in the lobby for a few minutes waiting for your interview, but this is a much better alternative to your potential future employer waiting on you. If you can’t get to the interview on time, they company may doubt your ability to get to work on time.
  • Research the company¬†– Not only should you thoroughly research the company website, but also check to see if the company has a blog. Company blogs can give some insight to the office dynamic and sometimes allow you to get an idea of how the business is run day-to-day.
  • Proofread – Whether you are sending an email inquiry, cover letter or resume, make sure you proofread everything. Many employers don’t even consider applicants for a job if there are errors in an email. You can’t claim to have “immaculate attention to detail” if you misspell a word in an email. It takes less than five minutes to proofread something.
  • Come prepared with talking points – In my experience, I have always been surprised at the lack of questions an interviewer may ask. However, keep in mind that every job interview is different. I always come prepared with a list of strengths and weaknesses, but have never actually gotten that question. While you still want to have a list of potential questions in your head, come prepared to talk about how your have used your strengths in past jobs. If this is a first job you are interviewing for, talk about the skills you have developed in school that will be useful at this job. It’s also a good idea to have some specific examples to share.
  • Ask questions – After the interviewer has asked you questions, they often give you a chance to ask questions. This is a great time to ask the interviewer what they love about their job or what their least favorite part of the job is. Ask questions about the company. If you don’t have any questions to ask about the position you are interviewing for, at least use that time to find out more about the industry you are hoping to work in.
While this list isn’t comprehensive, these are just a few tips that have helped me. If it is possible, talk to past or current interns. It’s helpful to get perspective from someone who has experience with the company.¬†If you are looking for more interview tips, check out this article.
What about you? Do you have any other tips you have found to be useful?
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