Everyone has a moment in life when he/she ceases to live on parental money and gets the initial job to make a step towards financial independence. In practice, this step usually consists of getting an internship. However, it is easy to say and not easy to do. In this article, we will talk about solving questions usually arising during an internship interview.

First of all, we will get acquainted with the process of selection of specialists. In most companies, it looks something like this (in some companies, additional stages of selection are possible):

– resume review;

– telephone interview;

– HR-interview;

– technical interview;

– test task.

Telephone Interview

The telephone interviewing is the initial stage of communication, during which the recruiter talks about open positions in the company, and also learns about the interest of the candidate and concludes about the general compliance of the candidate with the proposed position.

1) Show that you need it.

It is very important for the candidate to demonstrate his interest. Interns who indifferently communicate with the interviewer, thereby showing their disinterest, and wait for the recruiter to persuade them to come to the office, have a chance not to reach the next stage.

2) Transfer the conversation if it is inconvenient to talk.

If you are uncomfortable answering a call at some point, ask the recruiter to call you back at a convenient time. It may seem that this is an incredible happiness that the recruiter called and needs to speak here and now (after all, then they may not call back), but unfavorable conditions can spoil the impression of a telephone conversation. Just follow business ethic and agree on the time to clearly answer all questions and get the information you need. The recruiter, after all, needs to find the suitable person and it’s important to talk with the candidate, and he/she will call you back.

3) Be ready to move on.

Prepare for the next stage in advance in order that the question of when you can come to a face-to-face conversation at the company office does not catch you unawares, and you did not start feverishly thinking when you can come. Just know your schedule or be ready to put off all business.

HR Interview

During the HR interview you will learn more about the organization, the details of the open position, and also ask and answer a few questions about your expectations and previous experience in sales (if any).

1) Be polite and punctual.

Come in advance (for 10-15 minutes), tell the recruiter that you are already there and ready for communication at the appointed time. While you wait, you can concentrate, calm down and tune into an interview. Of course, do not forget about politeness. Polite and friendly people are always nice to deal with.

2) If you are worried, be honest about this.

People tend to come up with problems, especially in the light of future uncertainty, and you can honestly confess to the recruiter that you are slightly worried about the interview. He/she will tell you a couple of encouraging phrases and explain what will happen next, thus adjusting you to the working wave.

3) Be ready to answer questions in conformity with your resume and/or previous work/employer.

When you come to an interview, you should ideally know your CV, which reveals your entire professional and near-professional life. You wrote it yourself, did not you?

4) Do not dissemble!

This can be seen immediately. Speak the truth and be yourself. It will be easier for everyone.

5) Prepare questions.

Ask questions about what you are interested or unclear about. Thus, you will receive the necessary information and show interest in the company and the open position. It is not necessary, of course, to cover up the interlocutor with questions, in the end, it’s you who came to the interview, not the recruiter, but a few clarifications on the case are always good.

Technical Interview

An HR interview is usually followed by a technical interview, which lasts about one hour. Here you will need to show your knowledge, logic, ingenuity and cope with questions on theory, practical tasks and tests (sometimes it happens).

  • Remember the theory. If you send your resume to the trainee’s position, then you already have to be able to do something or at least want to learn. If you are not sure that your experience is enough to prepare for the interview, ask the recruiter about the details of the open position and the project. This can help you find the material and prepare.
  • Answer clearly. If you do not know something, then do not “pour water,” and try to come up with an answer. Such candidates are not taken seriously. It is needed to say that you did not work or did not meet with it, but worked in similar situations and can quickly learn (if you really worked in them). It is unlikely that you are expected to have extensive experience, the employer count more on your basic skills, openness, the desire to learn and develop and a team approach to work.

Few Final Words

  • Ask for feedback. After the interview is over, the recruiter takes you to the exit and tells you that they will contact you after a certain time (the duration of this period depends on many factors), but this can also mean that you are the suitable candidate. But if the recruiter tells you that the company is not ready to offer you a trainee’s place, be sure to ask for feedback. This information will provide an opportunity to understand your knowledge gaps and prepare for future interviews. Sometimes it can be general information that you already know, but sometimes something extremely useful can be discovered.

You do not owe anything to anyone, but no one owes you anything either. Companies are looking for good candidates for open positions, and experts are looking for conditions in which they can develop. This is a normal business relationship. Interest should be mutual. If the candidate does not show that he wants to cooperate with the company, the company will not be interested in him.