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Excelling at your internship

  • Published at 10:36 am September 25th, 2016
Excelling at your internship
You have encountered a potential internship offer which seems as if it was particularly tailored according to your likes and interests. Before you decide to go ahead and apply for it, keep these simple tips in mind and you will surely rock your next internship. While applying for the internship: Apply common sense One of the most fundamental mistakes that you can make is attaching your resume with and sending a blank mail to your potential employer. A brief, professional message with an upbeat tone which expresses interest in the body of the email can go a long way. It is more than likely that the HR department of your favourite organisation receives tonnes of resumes, and you have to make sure that your one doesn't get lost in the pile. You don't want to risk it for the biscuit. Prepare yourself It is vital that you do some research regarding the organisation you are applying to. A lot of interviews tend to start with the simple question, “What do you know about our organisation?” or “What made you apply to our organisation?” Smart responses to such questions show that you have taken some time to learn about the organisation, or the type of work you are likely to encounter there. Having some general knowledge about the industry itself might come in handy as well. During the interview: Bring your A game to the interview Dress smartly, be punctual and intently listen to what your interviewer has to say. Be confident when you are answering questions and if there is one you are unsure about, tell them and apologise. It is fine if you fail to answer a question as long as you don't try to cover up your lapse. Also, never hesitate to ask questions. When you ask questions, your interviewer will know that you take interest and are a professional. Make sure you ask wise ones to avoid embarrassment. Follow up Right after the interview, preferably within the next 24 hours. This is often deemed as a professional courtesy by various head-hunters around the globe. Sending a sincere, “thank you” email to your potential employer will make you stand out among the other applicants. During the internship Take initiative Bored at work? Not a chance. Even though you have already completed the tasks handed over to you, stay around and ask if you can help out your superior or other colleagues. There is always something you can help out with. If there is absolutely nothing for you to do, observe how other people around you are working, their duties and be informed about whatever that is happening around you (preferably without becoming the office creep!). This showcases your qualities as a team player and your eagerness to help. Meet deadlines It doesn't really matter whether you are a great co-worker to have at work, if you have a tendency miss deadlines often, no one can help you. Potential doesn't mean anything unless it is backed by results. Feed on feedback Constantly ask your supervisor to keep you updated on your progress. Good or bad, receiving feedback and acting on it will go miles with your boss. It is also vital that you keep them updated with your side of the story, as well. This way, you are exhibiting that you are always committed to do better in the future.
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