Do you get worried at the thought of a marketing internship interview? You know it doesn’t need to be like that right? Here are a few tips to help you ace your next interview:
Being prepared for the worst can’t hurt
Find out about the interviewers and the company. Know the roles of the people you’re meeting. Try connecting with them on social media and look for shared interests or connections. Understand what the goal of the company is. What is the culture inside the company? Go through their website, blog, news stories, etc.
A candidate who has done his homework will stand out. Also, make sure you have enough copies of your resume to hand out. When showing your portfolio, focus on the pieces which are most relevant to the position you are applying for.
Well-dressed, On time, is a good start
Be dressed in proper attire when you arrive. Wear a suit if you have one. There are exceptions to this rule, but it’s understood that you shouldn’t wear anything that will distract the interviewer like bright colours. It is always better to be early rather than late. Give yourself enough time to account for traffic or any other unexpected situations too.
Be a conversationist is a good sign
Whenever people think of interviews, they usually imagine someone drilling them with question after question. But, if you want your interview to be successful, you need to be able to turn those questions into a conversation. It’s important to keep the interviewer interested instead of just following the script. Just ensure you don’t dominate the conversation. And if you are caught off guard by a question, instead of responding with “um’s” and “ah’s,” pause, think, and then respond.
Have a flow and Stay in touch
Once you’re done with your interview, do not forget to follow it up with a handwritten note or brief email thanking everyone for their consideration and time. Pull in any information from your conversations which can help you personalise the thank you and avoid it being generic. This shouldn’t be the end either. Even if you aren’t offered the internship, be sure to check in with them now and then to see how everything is going. This way, if a position does open up, you will still be on their mind.
It is quite common for someone who is a part of the industry to learn about available internships first. If you have a good relationship with the interviewers they may even guide you to another company with vacancies.