By: Erica Statly
With summer right around the corner, companies are firing up for their summer interns and college kids are scrambling to secure their money source for the next three months. It’s a competitive world out there, so be prepared by utilizing the following tips.
Dress for the interview. Interviewing at Mickey D’s? Dark jeans or dress pants with a nice top will be fine. Interviewing at a corporate building? It’s time to pull that pencil skirt and silky blouse out from the back of your closet. Definitely don’t underdress, but be careful you’re not overdressed.
After filling it out, look it over and hand it off to someone else to look over. If it’s a paper application, walk it in yourself and ask for a recruiting/hiring manager. Shake their hand, hank them for their consideration, point out three key elements that you feel make you the best candidate for the position which you are applying for, and tell them you look forward to hearing from them. If it’s an online form, double check before submitting.
Give them 5-7 days to get back to you. Then grab that phone, track down their number and dial. Remind them you submitted an application, ask if they’ve had a chance to review and then ask when you can set up an interview. It’s a bold approach, but it works.
Make sure your body language is open, confident and friendly. Smile widely, talk clearly, annunciate your words and answer questions to the best of your ability. Don’t be too formal. Let your personality shine through, because your personality is what is going to get you hired – I promise.
My trick: Have a pre interview ritual. First off, I put a ton of effort into my appearance because it makes me more confident. Then I have a short playlist of extremely “ratchet” songs which I blast FULL volume. I repeat an affirmation my Dad gave me, “What would you do if you had no fear?” and then one from my Mom, “Don’t think just do” and then I take a deep breath, count down from three and walk into the interview without looking back.
Have you been interviewing for an internship? Comment below any tips/tricks that helped you score a great summer gig!