The Interview

Before the Interview:

  • Scour their website for what they do and for whom. Notice what they say about their organizational culture.
  • Identify three key goals you would like to accomplish in your internship. Be able to articulate these clearly and concisely.
  • Provide three key skill sets you possess. Offer specific examples illustrating how you have developed these strong skills.
  • Practice concise answers and work the “ums” and “uhs” out of your responses. Prepare questions to ask them.
  • Know where you are going. If possible, take a practice trip. Account for parking, parking fees, and rush hour schedules.
  • If you interview over the phone, secure a landline in a quiet location ahead of time.

During the Interview:

  • Have your calendar in case they request to schedule another interview.
  • Once you arrive on site, behave as if your interview has started. Conduct yourself professionally. Turn your cell phone off!
  • Have your essentials with you: breath freshener, pen, notepad in a leather binder, umbrella, small amount of money for lunch or parking, ID, and extra resumes.
  • Ask when they anticipate taking the next step in the selection process.
  • Thank them for the interview.

After the Interview:

  • Jot down questions they asked so you can perfect your responses for the next interview.
  • Write a thank-you note acknowledging their time and expressing your interest. Either an e-mailed note, hand-written note on nice stationery, or typed letter is fine.
  • Avoid assessing the internship on the spot. Give yourself time to think about the interview and talk it over with your faculty supervisor.