These days, students who have an internship or two under their belts are much more likely to land the job they want than students who spend summers at the pool or playing video games. Internships look great on your resume, but they’re not just a way to impress a potential employer. They also give you opportunities to network, learn valuable skills, earn college credits, and possibly most important, spend time in the field of your choice and see what it’s really like.
If you’re planning to do an internship, preparation is key. To help you get ready, we thought we’d share some interview best practices from our HR team. It includes some “favorite” questions you may hear as you interview for summer internships at Intouch.
Parissa Andideh, Human Resources Manager
Always prepare for the interview, but have your own questions prepared for the end of the interview — it seems so simple but so many interviewees forget. Questions show you are genuinely interested in the position and want to learn more than what your initial research provided.
My favorite interview question is, “Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.” I love learning more about projects you may have worked on and your thought processes, obstacles and triumphs.
Farrah McGuire, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
I believe that coming into an interview almost over-prepared is so important when interviewing for an internship or a full-time job. Even if you think that the interviewer will have your resume, make sure to bring it anyway! Many times the interviewer might be rushing in from another meeting and won’t be able to grab your resume on the way. Also, always dress to impress. And please make sure to put your cell phone on vibrate, or even better yet, turn it off.
One of my favorite interview questions may be a little cliché, but I believe it gives good insight into how the candidate thinks and embraces change and challenges. The question is, “What do you feel is your greatest weakness, and what are you doing to overcome it?” My other favorite question is, “Why do you want to work here?” I want to see if the candidate is passionate about our company and if they’ve taken the time to do their research before the interview.
Rachel Nunn, Senior Human Resources Manager
We’ve all seen and heard the typical interview questions. They focus on a candidate’s experience and skillset. When interviewing an intern candidate, I like to dig in further and find out what drives them. Because of this, my favorite interview question is, “What are you passionate about?” With this question, I’ve heard some of the most interesting stories and at times have become inspired by complete strangers in a matter of a few minutes.
Brian Jaworski, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager
As a candidate interviewing for an internship, there are things that you can do to vastly improve your chances of landing the job, regardless of background or work experience. Preparation, punctuality, attitude and follow-up are the most important elements to focus on.
Learn everything you possibly can about the company, the position and even your interviewers prior to the interview. The more information you have, the more substance you will be able to bring to the meeting. Always arrive on time or even a little early. This is your chance to make a great first impression, and there’s nothing worse than rolling in 5-10 minutes late. Also, don’t forget to send a follow-up email or letter to the interviewers to thank them for their time.
My favorite question to ask in an interview is, “Tell me about a project you worked on in school, previous internship, or job, that you are most proud of and why.”
All in all, it’s important to be yourself in these interviews! Intouch is always looking for the best and brightest for our openings. If you’re interested in spending the summer with a bunch of really smart people and learning a whole lot in a short time, apply online here.