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School of Technology

Grinstead Building, Room 009
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4439
Fax: 660.543.4578
Email: Dr. Doug Koch





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Internship Tips

1. Develop a great resume. Spend weeks not hours preparing it. Ask no fewer than three people to give you constructive feedback. Absolutely no typos permitted!

2. Practice with a Mock Interview at Career Services.

3. Prepare by writing out  answers to "deep" questions. You can answer most factual questions on the spot, but it helps to have a prepared response on the deeper ones such as…

  • Name a time in your life when you had to be innovative.
  • Who has been most influential in your life and why?
  • Describe a time in your life when you were creative in solving a problem
  • Describe a time when you witnessed great leadership.
  • Describe a time when you were a great leader.
  • If someone asked you to research a new type of ink, how would you proceed?
  • If you could be a superhero, who would you be?
  • Etc. — additional questions can be obtained from Career Services.
     
    Note: of course don't recite a memorized response.

4. Dress professionally (Business suit or equiv.)

5. Relax, take a deep breath and come in with smile and a firm handshake.

6. Don't give short, non-descriptive answers. Explain in detail each response.

7. Think about the meaning behind a question.

8. If you don't know an answer to a question, say so. Indicate how you would go about finding out the answer and if need be, tell the interviewer that you will get back to her/him with an answer. Of course, get back with her/him within 2 days if you say you are going to!

9. Stay positive during the interview. Don't bash previous employers. Make your answers reflect a positive frame of mind. Demonstrate that hiring you will bring a positive influence into the company. If asked about a negative situation, simply state the answer and how you would improve it.

10. Don't be arrogant. Only the Chiefs need to hire a superstar.

11. Don't talk the "whole" time. Allow some natural pauses to occur.

12. Be prepared to ask some questions about the company. Don't ask about salary or benefits but rather about philosophy, business style, or the market in which the company serves.

13. Ask for a business card at the interview. Leave with a smile, handshake, and a thank you.

14. Write a follow-up letter within 3 days, thanking the interviewer for her/his time. Take an opportunity to express your interest in working for the company and tell her/him something additional about yourself.