Nail your MBA Internship Interview with These Tips

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Regardless of where you are in your educational journey and career path, an internship can be a critical component of your career development. Both prospective and enrolled TCU Neeley MBA students will find that an internship will provide invaluable connections and relevant work experience that can lead to future success. Each integral step requires some preparation, so ensure you’re ready for your internship interview well before your appointment. 

Do Your Research

It is imperative to learn about the company you’re interviewing with for several reasons. First and foremost, you’ll want to determine if the culture will be a good fit for you. If there are aspects to the company’s mission and values that don’t align with your own, it would be wise to keep looking for an internship opportunity that better meets your needs. Researching the business may be the most important way to prepare for the interview itself. It’ll help you choose the right interview attire, spark relevant questions and ensure that you are well-versed on what the organization does and what role you may fulfill. 

Highlight Your Skills

Your internship interview isn’t the time nor place to be humble. Showcase the skills you’ve gained during your education or experience that you’ve garnered on the job, especially those that are relevant to the internship. Did you plan and lead a charity drive? Did you rebuild a computer from scratch? By providing specific examples of the work you’ve done to acquire these skills, you’ll showcase your knowledge in action. Take this opportunity to brag about your earned accolades and honed skill sets.

Ask the Right Questions

Put your research to good use by asking questions during your internship interview. Not only will this show that you’ve done your due diligence, but will also help you learn more about the company. Prepare thoughtful questions before your interview, but also ask some that are relevant to the conversation you had with your interviewer. You want to walk away from your interview with the information you need about your potential new internship, while also impressing the company with your curiosity.

Be Yourself

Although it’s perfectly normal to be nervous, don’t lose yourself in the interview. Most companies hold integrity, honesty and authenticity in high regard, so showcase yourself as an individual. Feel comfortable displaying your unique perspective, because that is what makes you an asset to the organization.

Follow Up

Don’t let your interview be your final contact with the company. Follow up promptly with your interviewer with a thank you note, either by email or regular mail. In your message, include a summary of why you believe you’d be a good fit for the position, and make specific mentions of highlights of the conversation. This will remind the interviewer of the great meeting, while solidifying your interest.

Get started on the path toward your successful future on a schedule that works for you. Whether that’s through Neeley School of Business’ full-time MBA program or with evening classes, contact TCU today to pursue your career aspirations.

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