So you just got an email back from your dream internship asking to set up a time for an interview. After having a dance party and getting a celebratory Monte Bianco from Cafe 1919, you suddenly realize that you have to actually talk to these people, and tell them why you are the best person for the job. Cue nervous freakout. But not to worry! The iMedia team is here with tips to help you prepare for your interview:
1. Do your research
Yes, you’ve probably skimmed over the website of the company or organization, but you need to dig deeper. What do they look for in their interns? Do you know the name of the person who is interviewing you? Have you stalked them on LinkedIn? Get to it.
2. Look smart
This is basic, don’t look like a hobo.
3. Have some questions prepared
At the end of the interview, they will inevitably ask if you have any questions about the position. THIS is your time to shine. Don’t just ask what the daily happenings of an average intern are, ask questions that show you are heavily invested in what they do! Make yourself stand out.
Don’t psych yourself out. Nothing is worse than a nervous, sweaty handshake before the interview even starts. They just want to get to know you. Breathe.
5. Be awesome
We know you are, now you just have to show them.
And for those who haven’t gotten an interview, don’t stress! There are plenty of internships you can still apply for. Visit the career portal through myUCLA for more information!