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6 Ways to Land That Internship

1. Dress for the Part

Before you even get to the interview, be sure to dress professionally. The more put- together you look, the better your chances of getting the job are. Be sure to wear appropriate work attire, like a classic shirt and blazer paired with black pants. You don’t need to go crazy and wear something that you’re not comfortable with. Instead, go with something that makes you feel confident enough to nail the interview.


2. Be Polite and Personable

Politeness and personability will go a long way in an interview or job application process. It will make a great first impression and show that you are a good person for the job. Who wants to work with someone who is grouchy and has no manners? By being polite and actually speaking with the interviewer, and if possible other potential colleagues, you’ve left them with a good impression and greater the chances of getting the job.


3. Make Eye Contact

Eye contact is critical when it comes to interviewing. It shows that you are interested in what the other person has to say and that you are engaged in the conversation. Arguably, it is one of the most important parts of the interview process. Be sure that you look attentive when speaking with the interviewer to further increase your chances of landing that internship.


4. Be Punctual

Be punctual! I can’t stress this enough. There is nothing worse than expecting someone and having them be late. Give yourself extra time to be at the meeting place, that way you won’t be late and leave a bad first impression. A prospective job offer is most likely looking for someone who is at the very least on time. Also, there is nothing worse than rushing to an interview and being flustered when you finally get to speak to the interviewer. By being early, you’ll have time to compose yourself and collect your thoughts.


5. Ask Questions

Asking questions is a surefire sign that you are interested in the job. It also shows that you were listening throughout the interview. Most interviewers ask if you have any questions about the position, and a mistake that many people commit is saying no immediately. Think for a minute and then respond with a question like “how many hours a week is it?” Better yet, ask the interviewer how they like the job or working for the company. Not only does it give you a more personal connection with them since this will more than likely lead to a conversation, but it sets you apart from most other applicants.


6. Be Confident

It’s true what they tell you; Confidence is key. If you walk into that interview with confidence and conduct yourself in a respectful manner, you’ll be making a great first impression and have a better chance of landing that job. However, confidence isn’t everything. The combination of all these techniques should help in your interviewing process.



Jess Villano

Manhattan '21

Jess is a sophomore at Manhattan College and is majoring in Philosophy with a minor in both Business and French. She enjoys reading, hanging out with her roommates, and traveling.
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