Job interviews as an intern: a brief guide

Writer: Nick Mok
An Intern can be your great employee after his or her graduation. Rather than interviewing full-time staff, take the time to measure the intern before or during the interviews in order to effectively select talent.

Before the interview, your candidate should......
1. Come prepared and research the company: its history, core values, ethos, as well as the industry itself – chances are if candidate either have a degree or are doing one you will have some idea as to what the industry is like.

2. Dress right: better overdressed than under: too casual suggests the attitude may be similar, also dress depend on the firm or industry – finance tends to be more formal, whereas other industries may be slightly less so. Dress conservatively at first, if people are a bit more relaxed, then change. More formal clothing can also help your mindset and confidence.

During the interview, your candidate should......
1. Treat it as a real job: be invested in the tasks at hand, regardless of how trivial they may seem. Your attitude is what might help you gain favor

2. Socialize: internship is to be representative of an actual work environment, it's important to meet new people, be presentable and have effective communication skills are the keys.

3. Show how he/she can adapt to working environment: even potential candidate may not enjoy working with everyone in your office, but in a work environment, it's important that a professional relationship remains, if nothing else. The professionalism may be noted by their supervisor, and can result in a better reference.

Take the interview seriously
While candidate may only be interested in a certain section of the company, as an intern, it's likely that candidate will be asked to support other sections too. Their attitude and the way they handle the tasks given to you that you may not want will speak volumes about how much of an asset you really are, also ensure that they learn about the culture and social norms in the workplace through immersion.

They can challenge themselves. If they can take the initiative by suggesting ideas, or asking for more work is generally a decent way to show their quality as an employee. Make sure they can handle the extra load though, as one task finished well is better than several poorly. This will also challenge their time management skills, so make sure they are more than just a phrase on your CV.

They are willing to ask for help either, or ask for feedback, but don't be too high maintenance. Again communication is also very important here, and it's key to treat people in the workplace with more respect compared to your friends, just to make sure candidates speak constructively and fluently

Ultimately, their attitude is a major factor both in how enjoyable the experience will be, and how much the supervisor and colleagues will like you.

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