While interviews can be a stressful time, they are also a great opportunity to grow your network and knowledge. For many students, an interview for an internship is the first time they will sit down with a company’s leaders and/or management. Being confident and knowledgeable is a great way to nail your interview and land that perfect internship. Let's look at these three quick tips to help you have a successful interview.
1. Know the Company
One of the best ways to really set yourself apart from other students that are interviewing for the same internship is really knowing the company you are sitting down with. It is important to do your research ahead of time and know what the company does, and more importantly, the company's values and mission.
Showing that you have spent the extra time researching the company to ensure their mission aligns with your own will really impress your interviewer.
It may be helpful to jot down some notes or questions about recent news publications regarding the company, too. This is a great way to engage your interviewer in conversation and show your knowledge.
2. Know Yourself and Your Goals
This is just as important knowing the company. Yes, you have composed a resume and put together information about your skills and past projects, but it’s still important to know exactly what you want to accomplish with this internship. Take some time to think about how this internship could fit into your long-term goals.
Also, take some time to think how your skill set, values, or experience fit well with the company you are interviewing for. In your interview, you really want to be able to illustrate why you are the perfect candidate for the internship. Having personal examples and experience ready to go in preparation for questions will show that you are confident and prepared.
3. Take Time to Think, and Breathe
Remember, you do not need to have an answer to each question immediately. Think of your interview as a conversation. It’s all right to take a few moments to think of a correct and appropriate answer. Taking a moment to pause and think through your response will make you appear more composed rather than rambling an answer to a question. And trust us—it’s better to take your time and answer things more thoroughly versus rushing to answer and having your answer come up short.
Sometimes an interviewer may ask a difficult or unexpected question. Pausing to formulate an appropriate answer is perfectly fine. Remember through the interview to breathe! Often, an interviewer can be just as nervous as the interviewee. At the end of the day, realize it is just two people talking to one another. Being calm, comfortable, and confident will help tremendously with the process.
Internships at Gausman & Moore
It may not feel like it, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about a summer internship. At Gausman & Moore, we love bringing bright new talent to our team. We enjoy being able to working with and teach the young engineers emerging from colleges. If you are interested in a potential mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or plumbing engineering internship with Gausman & Moore, contact our team today.