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Top 3 Post-Intern Interview Tips

Sat, May 5, 2012

Internship Interview

This is the time of year when a lot of college students are out of school, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t be busy. Indeed, summer is the time when many people are participating in internships.

That is if all goes well with their interview.

Indeed, sometimes, when it comes to an internship, people are so focused on how they need to prepare for the interview as well as the interview itself, that they overlook the etiquette involved when it comes to the waiting period between applying for the job (because yes, an internship is still a job!) and getting an official offer.

If you’re looking for some post intern interview tips, here are three of them:

Say “Thank You”. If you were raised in a home where etiquette was paramount, then this might be something that you’re already familiar with because “thank you” notes are things that are customarily given out when people send you a gift or come to an event of yours. Some people don’t stop to think that this would apply to an internship, but the truth of the matter is that by meeting with you, an employer took out the time to consider you to be a part of their company so that you could learn more about it. Time is invaluable and so yes, within 24-48 hours of the interview, make sure to either send them a thank you email or handwrite (and mail) them a note. By the way, in this technological age, the latter will leave a far more lasting impression.

Don’t be a nuisance. In almost every life scenario, waiting can be a challenge. When it comes to hearing back regarding an internship, it can be even more difficult, especially if it’s one that you’re really excited about. Sure, the employer may have interviewed a lot of people (in the case of college internships, that’s oftentimes the case), but just because you didn’t hear from them the next day, that doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about you. Remember that there is a fine line between being persistent and being a nuisance. Give human resources at least a week to do any follow-up. If you don’t hear from them by then, it’s safe to call (or email) to see if there’s any word. However, if they tell you that they’ll notify you once they’ve reached a decision, make sure to take that very literally. If you’re the one for the job, they will certainly let you know.

Take “no” gracefully. If you’re not accepted for the position, there are two wise sayings that definitely apply in this case: “You can’t win them all” and “Everything happens for a reason”. No one likes rejection, but it’s certainly a part of life, so if you don’t get the internship, try not to take it too personally. It’s actually pretty classy to send the company a thank you for considering you in the first place (at the very least, they’ll remember how professional you are). Then, move on to what your next plan of action will be. Maybe it’s a part-time job. Or maybe it will free you up to look into that online MBA program that you’ve been thinking about. Whatever it is that you decide to do post-rejection, don’t forget that a “no” to one thing is simply a “yes” to other opportunities that lie ahead.

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