Suppose you have applied for an internship in a company, and an employer have contacted you for scheduling an interview. After getting a proper appointment what comes next is preparing for the interview. Interview preparation is necessary. There are some professional etiquette and manners for a successful interview.
Tips for How to Prepare for an Internship Interview?
Prepare The Necessary Documents
You should make the copies of all the original documents that you are going to carry with you for the interview. So that after verification of your original credentials you can submit the copies to the Company. What you should include in you documents is your academic score cards, Degree Certificate, Resume and Cover Letter Hard Copy, Professional Course Certificates, and other State or National Level Achievement Certificates. These certificates are compulsory to apply for an internship or a job. For applying a new job ,if you have done any service before you should keep with you work Clearance Letter, a Recommendation Letter and an Experience Certificate from the previous employer.
Carry your documents in a easily presentable folder. Try to have an album type chain folder for your documents. Do not mess up your documents in a big harmonium like folder.
Be Prepared Mentally
You should study or revise necessary topics related to your skill sets mentioned in the resume or cover letter. So that if asked you can give a satisfactory explanation to the interviewer. Be clear to yourself about your technical skills whatever mentioned in your resume or cover letter.
Be Punctual. As soon as you enter the interview cabin humbly greet the interviewers a Good Morning, Good Afternoon or Good Evening accordingly with a fresh face and a nice smile. Try to speak in professional corporate English, and be attentive during interview. Keep a calm mood. Listen to the interviewer first, understand what is being asked, take essential time to think and then give a clear reply. Do not bring any kind of artificiality in your personality and speech. Focus on positive and above all be honest.
Be aware of Potential Interview Questions
The potential Interview questions may be based on:
- area of interest
- skills you possess( Perhaps you might have mentioned this in your resume and cover letter)
- academic and extra curricular achievements
- your strengths and weaknesses
- your role model
- department you want to focus for Internship
- your salary expectations ( In case of a paid internship)
- Whether you are ready to work in any shifts and location? ( including night shifts)
- estimated tenure for internship
- your career plans
The interviewer may analyse you thoroughly based on your responses, personality and attitude.
Bad interview questions
- So,What is your background?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- Do you think you can handle the work load?
- What is your salary history?
Worst quality may include as follows
If you were an animal what kind of you would be?
Few things to discuss while an interview
You must have a clear discussion regarding your internship, duty hours, facilities , salary expectations and company culture.
Note: You should be clear about the company and your role in it.
What not to ask?
- what kind of company is this?
- will i get any vacation?
- what is the worst thing about the company?
These questions can trigger following reaction
PLAN YOUR ATTIRE
For an interview you should wear a professional attire.
For women, the professional dress for women in India is a simple saree or kurtis and pajamas. The western style include shirts and trousers , formal skirts, and an additional formal overcoat , a scarf , a pair of professional footwear and socks, and a handkerchief.
For men, the formal dress include formal shirts and trousers and and additional coat and tie , a simple formal footwear of socks and shoes.
Tip: Avoid wearing fancy dresses with very bright, fluorescent colors.
Try to wear minimum accessories. Avoid wearing heavy jewelry and tattoos.
Grooming and Personality
Day before Interview take proper sleep. Perform your daily tasks and take fresh bath on the day of interview. Nobody likes to watch a dull, sleepy and dirty person for an interview.
For women they should simply tie the hairs back with a rubber band, a simple clutch, or can tie a simple bun or plates. Women should try not to keep long hairs open or make hair style designs. If you like applying makeup, go for simple makeup and mild perfume.
Tip: Avoid applying heavy makeup and perfumes.
Men should try to have a simple haircut and a clean face as it is considered more professional. Do not try to make any fancy hair styles and facial hair designs.
Tip: Keep It simple. Remember that simple is more.
What to Emphasize?
You should primarily focus more on your professional and technical skills, your professional communication skills, your knowledge, presentation, your positive attitude, your attentiveness, your wisdom and ability to handle situation.
Rest all things are secondary.
All the best for a successful interview!
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