Following on from my last post about How to get an internship
This post is going to be all about the interview.
If you've got one that means you've done something right so well done!
I've put together a few tips I found useful when going for mine.
1: Be prepared: Do your research! Get as much information as you can and put together
some notes about the company and what they do. Research the role you will be doing too.
(Refer back to the advert if there was one) Instead of knowing every area the company works in get to know the areas you would like to work in the best. Whether it be the creative or business side you are interested in get prepared so you can show off what you know in your interview. It may be a good idea to read over your CV and bring a copy just to remind yourself of what is actually in there. Also, once you have the location of your interview go find it the day before. This will save you time the day of the interview and make you feel a little more comfortable that you know where you're going.
2.The morning of the interview: Even if you know where you are going, get up in plenty of time so you don't have to rush and you are relaxed getting ready. If you find yourself there a little to early go to a cafe nearby and get yourself something to drink/eat. It may be a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you just in case you need it while talking. If you have some time while getting to the location (taking a bus/train/tube) you should think about having a fashion magazine to read and some notes to look over. It wont hurt having some current trends on the brain.
3. What to wear: Wear what you feel comfortable in. This might be flats or heels but as long as you can sit,stand or even run you will be fine. The picture at the top of this post is what I wore. A plain white loose tee and blue cigarette trousers with pointed toe heels. It really depends on where you are interviewing. If it is fashion related then you can normally get away with whatever you want as the people that work there are going to be very 'fashionable'. Less is more when you are dressing and sometimes a simple outfit with a piece of statement jewelry is perfect and don't forget to bring flats if you do choose to wear heels.
(for the journey)
4: What will happen: Seeing as it is an interview you are going to be asked a lot of questions.
Stay calm and listen to what they are asking. Don't be afraid to ask them to repeat a question.
Some places may be less formal than other and you could just be going in for a chat. Don't forget to ask questions if you have any. If you are unsure about something they are saying or want some more info about what you will be doing ask! They will be more than happy to help and will appreciate that you are interested. Make sure they know that you want to learn. Most importantly be yourself and show your personality because at the end of the day they want someone who will be easy to get along with in their team. Make sure you thank them and smile when its all over. Then go treat yourself. You've done a good job.
(I went shopping eeeep)
5. After the interview: When it's all over and you've treated yourself don't dwell on the whole
experience. You may be incredibly excited to get an email but keep yourself busy. SO, when you do get that email offering you the job...well done!! If not, don't worry. keep trying. everything happens a reason and if you don't get this one there's always the next one!
Hope this helps and over the next few weeks while I get used to being an intern
I will be posting up outfit pics and Little tips and trick along the way on how be a good intern.
(if i end up being one, it's early days)