Written by Troy Adam Guy

The thought of having to wear a suit to my interview was enough to make me want to quit before I started. Yes, I did end up wearing jeans. Not to mention I started rattling off what I had learnt in my subjects as my response to: “What marketing experience do you have?” So if you’re anything like me here are ten tips that would’ve been greatly appreciated and would’ve made my internship experience much smoother.

  1. Don’t wear something to your interview that you’re not comfortable in. You’re just setting yourself up for failure.
  2. Your interviewer is only interested in what experience you have and how you will provide value to their organisation – so keep that in mind when you’re trying to figure out what kind of interview questions they’ll ask.
  3. Take a note of everyone’s name and make sure you remember them.
  4. When you’ve been briefed on a simple task, under no circumstances will you make a mistake.
  5. Don’t be afraid to join in on a conversation to express your opinion or to ask questions.
  6. Imitate the same work culture as your colleagues.
  7. Doesn’t matter how much you dislike a task… e.g. data entry; you don’t want to vocalize your dissatisfaction. Just be grateful you have been given the experience.
  8. Be yourself and be confident in your abilities. Keep in mind that you’re a student seeking experience. Don’t beat yourself up if you feel like you’re making no contribution.
  9. Do some extra brainstorming/work outside of the office to make sure you’re always putting in 100% when you’re in the office – or at least looking like you are.
  10. A simple thank you card is always appreciated.

 

Did I mention that I applied for an internship that was promoted by UCAMS? So be sure to keep up-to-date with our posts for opportunities. Good luck interning!