Your hard work through the school year has finally paid off, and you were granted an interview for a summer internship. So what’s next? Interviewing can be an exciting, yet stressful time. Knowing how much depends on the answers you give in a short amount of time can be quite intimidating. We’ve put together some interview tips to help take the stress out of your interview. The more prepared you can be, the more confident you will look to a potential employer.
First impressions can make a load of difference. Be sure when you show up to your interview to make your first impression a good one. Typically for interviews, business casual is an appropriate way to dress. For men, this means a suit and tie or dress shirt and dress pants. Make sure your clothes are wrinkle free and well kept. For men, this means a nice blouse or blazer, dress pants or a business skirt.
Know the Company
Before stepping into your interview, do your research on the company you are applying to. It'll help to know about what the company does, the different divisions and locations, and the company's overall mission. A good tip is to research the company to see if there has been any recent news or developments.
Appearing knowledgeable to your potential employer will make a great impression and show your real interest in landing that summer internship. If possible, try to align your coursework or projects with the company's specialties. Showing that you are experienced in the same fields or share a similar interests will make you a strong candidate for an internship.
The old adage that practice makes perfect could not be more true. There are a few frequently asked questions during interviews. The more you practice how you would answer the questions in a real life setting, the more comfortable and confident you will be. These questions could include:
● Why do you think you are an ideal candidate?
● What career path do you see for yourself?
● How does our company align with your interests?
While you may rehearse your answers in your head, it is important to actually verbalize your answers with a partner. Saying your answers out loud will also help you remember what you want to say when the time comes for your interview.
At Gausman & Moore, we love to bring on fresh, new talent for summer internships. With our mechanical and electrical engineering specialties, we have opportunities for students in various disciplines. Our focus on sustainable design will surely prepare students for emerging, ground-breaking and revolutionary construction designs.
If you’re interested in an internship at Gausman & Moore, visit our Careers page. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us either our California or Minnesota offices!
St. Paul, Minnesota: (651) 639-9606
Duluth, Minnesota: (218) 722-2555
Santa Clara, California: (661) 291-1978