Why I Didn’t Hire You as an Intern

Good advice for students (& others as well) – LinkedIn post by Heather Thompson (Siemens).

Word overuse – I’m guilty of this myself, but when you say the words “like” and “um” all the time it abruptly stops the conversation. Try working on this by making your friends or family interview you.

Nervousness – It’s okay to be nervous. Points are never counted against you, but don’t use that as an excuse not to look your interviewer(s) in the eye when you speak. Be confident — you have just as good a chance as anyone else.

Don’t pretend – You may have seven other companies looking to take you as an intern and I’m not one of your first choices. It will be obvious you don’t care and you have no interest, even if you think it isn’t… Mama didn’t raise no dumby.

Preparation – This is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Be prepared when you step in the interview. Tell me why I should hire you, because if you make it to an in-person interview, I want to.

Be normal and happy – Be genuine. I could get lost in conversations with interviewees who were just natural and happy in their interview, despite their nervousness. This resonates, because if you’re in that final phase of selection, we already know you’re qualified.