BY JOYCE SALLES ‘19
Now more than ever, it is important to get your hands dirty and gain experience in the field we plan to work in come May 2019. The pressure to land that internship is inevitable but the stress from killing that interview is avoidable.
Do you have an interview lined up in the next few weeks? Follow these 5 tips to be best prepared:
- DRESS TO IMPRESS
- Wear business professional attire–that means no casual clothing such as jeans, t-shirts, mini-skirts or crocs.
- If you need to borrow clothing for an interview, remember that the Bison Boutique in the Career and Professional Development Center has a wide variety of clothes available for student use.
- BRING A FULLY-LOADED PADFOLIO
- Print at least two copies of your resume and cover letter.
- Show off your best material or projects relevant to your field of interest.
- Don’t forget a pen to take notes with!
- DO YOUR RESEARCH
- Become familiar with the company. The more you know, the more impressive you will look and comfortable you will feel.
- Fully understand the position you are applying for.
- Create three questions (at minimum) to ask your interviewer.
- PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE
- Take advantage of your learnings from Junior PDS mock interviews. Look back on the feedback from your professor and classmates and improve on those suggestions.
- Look up commonly asked questions online and practice the answers in your bathroom mirror. The more you practice, the more comfortable you will feel come the big day.
- BE AUTHENTIC
- Be yourself, as cliche as that sounds. The interviewer wants to see if you will be a good fit for their company culture, so be sure to show who you are in an authentic way.
- Walk in with a smile on your face and confidence on your sleeves.
- Arrive on time and relaxed. It’s only a 15 to 30 minute conversation with someone only who wants to get to know you a bit better.
By following these few tips, you should feel ready to conquer that interview and land that internship!
Best of luck Bison!
Joyce Salles is a senior at Nichols College majoring in marketing and minoring in hospitality. She is also interns for the Office of Marketing and Communications.