After countless presentations, happy hours, informational interviews and cover letters, MBA internship interview season is finally here! It is finally time to find out where you will be spending your summer.
Regardless of the outcome, you will likely be interviewing with the leading companies, non-profits and startups in the world.
The process for interviewing for your internship is both exciting and stressful. To provide some perspective, I’ve compiled a list of five things to remember while navigating the internship interview process.
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Speak the language.
One of the biggest compliments you can get when you travel to a new country is to be treated like a local. In order for that to happen, you need to speak and relate to the language and culture. The same works for companies. If you want them to like and accept you, you need to start speaking their language.
To learn a company’s language, I immersed myself in as much content and material as I could. Whether it was reading their 10-K, analyst notes on the company or reviewing notes from my informational interviews with employees at the firm, I did my best to truly learn and use the language and incorporate the culture of the company I was interviewing with.
Telling you to stay calm will probably not do much, so I’m not going to suggest it. (However, if you’re an even-keeled person, good for you – stay that way in the recruiting process!)
If you do tend to have highs and lows, take time to reflect after every interview. If you have a good interview, awesome! Figure out how to repeat what you did well. If you have a bad one, no worries. Think about what you can do better next time, then move on. Try to hit the reset button after every interview.
The internship interview process can be a lengthy one, so it helps to stay persistent. Focus on each challenge one at a time. This will hopefully make the process less daunting and nerve-wracking.