3 Interviewing Tips From Somebody Who Landed the Internship

by Lauren Arnold

This is how to interview for a job – NOT!

Although I am only three weeks into my internship here at Sundog, I can already see significant personal and professional growth. Through my initial job interview and my first few weeks of introductions and orientation, I have learned some of the do’s and don’ts of the professional world of interactive marketing.  

Thus far, the most intimidating part of my internship has been the application and interview process. Applying for any position is nerve-racking, frustrating, and time-consuming. To help ease your anxiety, the next time you prepare for an interview, I recommend checking out the following list of do’s and don’ts, so you don’t end up being the new “what not to do” example in the office:

  1. When in doubt dress it up. Unfortunately, companies do not send out a dress code prior to your interview. So it is up to you to plan ahead. Even if your company embraces casual business attire, it’s not a wise idea to show up to your interview sporting your favorite band shirt and short shorts. When you have a doubt about what to wear, dress it up. Pinterest is a great tool to find outfit ideas. But it is always a good idea to get a second opinion. So ask a roommate or send a picture to your parents. Yes, that’s right—I said your parents.  It’s better to get their candid advice rather than have your interviewer write you off the second you walk in the door.
  2. Do your research and come prepared. When I asked my fellow “Sundoggers” about how to best prepare for an interview, many of them said that its vital for an applicant to do their research on the industry in general and the company in particular. Before you go into an interview, you should read any information you can find about the company. It gives you the chance to ask knowledgeable questions and to better understand what the company does, who they serve, as well as their core values. But, don’t simply recite information from the website in your interview. Trust me, they know what’s on it. Instead, use the time to explain your insights of the company, your understanding of their corporate culture, and how you will fit into the organization.
  3. Kindness above all else. Being nervous on your interview day is expected. But, don’t let your nerves overshadow your personality. Typically, when you go into an interview the first person that will greet you is the receptionist or office manager. In many cases, this person is the heart of the office. This is a no-brainer but focus on making intelligent and friendly conversation with this individual. First impressions really do matter so make sure you make a conscious effort to make connections.

Everyone in the professional world has gone through the job application process. Although interviews are different for everyone, these basic tips will help guide you along your next one. At the end of the day, the best thing you can do for yourself is to interview! Practice really does make perfect. If you don’t get hired right away, do not worry. Keep searching and applying and you will find a company that is the right fit for you.

 

Lauren Arnold

Social Media Intern