Make the Most of Spring Break—Get that Internship!

Spring break is a great time for you to research, apply and interview for summer internships!

Use this break to look over our previous Hotlists (on the Internship web page) and research the internships you find interesting. Without other schoolwork, spring break is the best opportunity to put the finishing touches on your resume’ and to write the perfect cover letter! Don’t have a LinkedIn account? Get one. Create and personalize your LinkedIn over spring break!

Spring break is also a good time to conduct informational interviews and to shadow professionals to learn more about career options. This also helps to get your foot in the door for future internships.

Already applied to internships and waiting to hear back? Then, FOLLOW UP unless the internship website stressed ‘no phone calls’! That means no contact. Otherwise, let the company know you’re home for spring break and available for an interview. Take advantage of this time off – you will be glad you did!

Check out these articles for more information about using spring break to your advantage:
http://internships.about.com/od/internshiptip1/tp/Career-Exploration-Activities-For-College-Break.htm
http://www.usatodayeducate.com/staging/index.php/blog/how-to-use-spring-break-to-get-an-internship

Phone Interviews

You’ve finally heard back from the company of your dreams and they tell you they want to schedule an interview. The only problem is: they’re in Los Angeles; you’re in North Carolina. They don’t expect you to fly out there for a day, so they offer to do a phone interview. “Phew” you think – “a phone interview is going to be so much easier than a face to face interview.” Think again. The biggest mistake made during phone interviews is not taking them seriously. Phone interviews are actually a little trickier because of the mind set you must force yourself to be in.

Here are a few pointers for phone interviews:
1) Dress for a face to face interview. The more professional you dress, the more professional you feel. Don’t wear your pajamas-you can’t afford to sound/be too casual.
2) Set aside a location. Consider getting a room in the library, but make sure you go ahead of time to assure yourself a room. If you’re doing it at home, make sure your roommates are aware ahead of time that you have an interview at a certain time.
3) Eat a cough drop before the interview (see money.cnn link below). In addition, make sure you have water near you. You want to sound extra clear in case the connection is bad.
4) Talk with a smile-it makes a difference. You need to act as if the person can see you. You wouldn’t go into a face to face interview in a grumpy mood; talking with a smile can seriously change your tone of voice. Your passion and enthusiasm must come across in your voice!

There are several other small tips that can help perfect the phone interview. For more information, check out some of the links listed below: http://money.cnn.com/2010/02/03/news/economy/phone_job_interviews.fortune/index.htm
http://blog.penelopetrunk.com/2007/04/02/five-ways-to-do-better-in-phone-interview/
http://www.quintcareers.com/phone_interviewing-dos-donts.html

Extra tips for Skype Interviews:
1) Be aware of your surroundings and what is behind you. That huge pile of laundry might not give the best impression.
2) Dress the part in full. Don’t think that just because you look professional on your top half that it’s good enough. Interviewers have been known to ask interviewees to stand up.
3) Make sure you have a good Internet connection. You cannot afford the internet to cut out. Lastly, don’t forget to send a thank you note within 24 hours of your interview. Also, include a sentence or two to reiterate your best selling points. Good luck and happy interviewing!