6 Critical Interview Tips for Internships

By Yong-Hun Kim - Deerfield Academy - NextGenVest Club President - Boston

As summer approaches and you are securing your internship, take some time to prepare for the somewhat dauntng phone and in-person interviews. Check out these 6 interviewing tips to help you go into these conversations poised and confident. 


1) Google It

In most interviews, you will have 30 minutes to impress your interviewer. Therefore, it’s absolutely vital that you do your research on the company, the position you are interviewing for, and your interviewer before you get to the interview. You don’t want to waste any of your interviewer’s valuable time by asking questions that you could have found the answers to on Google.

2) Practice Walking Through Your Resume

Your resume is a one page document that showcases your academics, activities, and past expereicnes. Practice answering the following questions out loud in order to talk smoothly and confiedently in the interview: "What past internships or jobs have you had?", "what activities are you passionate about at school?", "what previous experience or interest do you have in this field?"

3) Check Your Online Presence 

If the interviewer types your name into Google, what will come up? If your Facebook profile appears at the top of the search, make sure to have the appropriate privacy settings. It also helps to create a LinkedIn account with a professional picture. Take the NextGenVest Course on Building Your First Resume here for more guidance on what to include on your LinkedIn page! 


4) Make a Great First Impression

Within the first five seconds of meeting your interviewer, s/he will have formed an impression of you. First impressions are difficult to change once they have been made, so you’ll want to be as professional as possible. Follow these steps to make a great first impression: 

  • Make sure to dress appropriately—business casual works in most offices.

  • Look your interviewer in the eye when you greet them, smile, and offer a firm handshake. 

  • Use appropriate language and etiquette.

5) Stay Calm and Collected

There’s a chance that your interviewer will shoot you an “oddball” question. Google is famous for doing this with Fermi questions, calculations that help them evaluate a potential hire’s skill. If this happens, it’s important that you stay composed. In most cases, interviewers aren’t focusing on the content of your response, but simply how you react to the question. It’s okay to think out loud; this allows your interviewer to see your thinking process.

6) Follow Up

At the end of the interview, be sure to thank your interviewer for taking the time to meet with you and follow up with an e-mail or card. Rather than a generalized thank you, mention something specific to the conversation you shared to help you stand out among the other candidates.