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  Preparing for the Interview
If you are invited to an interview, it is important that you prepare for it. This is your opportunity to meet the internship coordinator or interview committee face-to-face and SALE YOURSELF.

 You can prepare for an interview by:
Researching the company
It is very important to learn as much as possible about the company. You can research a company through the Internet, professional or trade publications, and the local Chamber of Commerce. Read about the company’s history, products and services, reputation, major competitors, and financial status. After you have conducted your research, compare it against your self-assessment.
Practicing your interview
Preparing for an interview may be a difficult task for some students. The easiest way to prepare for an interview is to have one or two “mock interviews.” A mock interview consists of having someone (i.e. teacher, counselor, parent) pretend to be the interviewer and ask you several interview questions.

The mock interviewer should be able to critique your answers, appearance, presentation, etc. This feedback will help identify your strengths and weaknesses. Ask the “mock interviewer” a few questions about your answers, what can you do better, how do you look and sound, etc. You do not want to appear unorganized or unprepared during the interview. You should be able to provide a confident answer to each question asked by the interviewer.
What to expect in an interview
In an interview, the internship/co-op coordinator(s) does more than check your overall appearance and attitude. They want to hear you speak about your abilities, career objectives, strengths, weaknesses, and potential contributions to their company. The day before the interview, you should review information about the organization, and your entire application package and supporting documents that you submitted. It is important that you remember what you submitted in your application package. Also, take a copy of your application package to the interview. You may not need it, but on the other hand you may be glad to have it.
Reviewing sample interview questions
Some interview questions are based on information provided on your application and supporting documents. You should be prepared to discuss your educational background, work experiences, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and career goals. Reading information about the company before the actual interview also will help you prepare for any questions regarding the company. This will show the interviewer(s) that you have done your research on the company.

Provided below is a list of sample interview questions:
Why do you want to work for our company?
Why are you applying for this internship or co-op position?
What special skills/traits do you have that qualify you for this position?
Would you rather work alone or in a group? Explain.
What are your career goals?
What do you expect to gain and learn from your internship/co-op?
Tell me about yourself.
What are some of your accomplishments and failures?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Ask for clarification of questions when necessary.
Keep your responses positive, reinforcing your specific interests and qualifications.
Do not attempt to falsify any examples or create lies.
Don't memorize your answers to these question; you do not want to sound as if you are reading from a script. You also don't want to be caught without an answer to basic questions.
If asked questions about your strengths, weaknesses, or qualifications, you should give a solid example of how each item helped you achieve your goal.
Creating your own list of questions to ask the interviewer.
After the interviewer has asked questions, you will be expected to ask at least one question regarding the position you are applying for. Many of your questions may have been asked during the interview or during your research. However, you should still ask a question.

Below are sample questions you may want to ask:
What are the opportunities for personnel growth?
•  How is an intern or co-op student evaluated?
•  Describe a typical assignment?
•  What are the challenges of the job?
•  What kinds of career opportunities are currently available for students in my career field at your company?
•  What qualities are you looking for in an intern or co-op student?

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Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts


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