Internship Interview tips
You have been diligently studying and working hard in school for the occupation of your choice, and now it is time to do an internship so you can practice what you are learning.
When you have a scheduled interview, make sure you are prepared. First get onto the internet and get directions to the company that you are interviewing for. Then travel to the location so that you can time how long it takes to get there from your home. It is a good idea to make the test journey at the same time as your interview, this way you will be able to factor in any slowdowns such as road construction, high traffic or even traffic lights. This will help you be on time to your interview.
The next thing you should do is research the company. Learn everything you possibly can about them, this will actually help you during the interview when answering questions. You should think about what you already have that could benefit the company in question. Make sure that you have the proper attire for the interview.
Be sure that your clothes are neat, clean and pressed. Make sure that your clothes cover any tattoos that you may have, and take out any body piercings or multiple earrings, if you have more than one pair. When you arrive at your interview, be sure to shut your mobile phone off or put it on silent. It is considered very rude to walk in talking on your phone when arriving for an appointment and this mistake could cost you.
Do not chew gum or eat while you are waiting. Greet the receptionist politely and tell her why you are there and then quietly have a seat if you need to wait. When the interviewer comes out to meet you, be sure to look them in the eye and shake their hand. Show positive energy and enthusiasm but don’t over-play it.
When answering questions speak clearly, and if you need to, ask the interviewer to clarify any question that you are unsure of. Look the interviewer in the eye at regular intervals and show your interest. Be sure to show you willingness to work hard and learn during your apprenticeship. When the interview is over, be sure to thank the interviewer for their time. This shows them that you know their time is valuable.