2The IICAP Internship Process 1Finding the right internship2Turning the internship into a job
3What Career Are You Leaning On? Internships can translate to full-time positionsIt is important that your employer likes you, but more importantly … that YOU like the work
4What Career Are You Leaning On? Make sure to:Know what environment best fits with you:Chances are, the happier you are at work, the better the quality of the work you produceBuild realistic expectations:Grunt work is inescapable regardless of the job!However, make sure to set out what you expect to be doing and learning over the course of your internship
5Where Would You Like To Work? Finding the ideal company:Research industriesLearn all about the industries that you would be interested inResearch companiesLearn about them through their webpages, research sites (i.e. Vault, Hoover’s Online, etc.) and University resources (counsellors and online databases)Make contactsDevelop your network by attending information sessions, reaching out to companies of interest for more information
6How Do You Get The Internship? Once you’ve identified a company of interest:Research the organization thoroughlyWhat is the company currently doing? Find out new trends, challenges, recent successes, and workplace historyComplete your application as clearly and professionally as possibleYour resume and cover letter must outline your skills, experience, education, volunteer work, accomplishments, and interestsPrepare for the interviewPractice mock interviews with your friends beforehandOn the day of your interview, dress professionally and bring a copy of your resume
7Practice your responses with a friend or an academic advisor Acing The InterviewAfter researching the company and, when possible, the people who are interviewing you …Practice your responses with a friend or an academic advisor
8Acing The Interview Be prepared for two kinds of interview questions: Behavioral:Set out to test your behavior in an employment contextTechnical:Purposed to assess whether you have the necessary subject- specific knowledge for the job
9Behavioral Questions Sample of behavioral questions: Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressureHave you ever made a mistake? How did you handle it?Give an example of a goal you reached and tell me how you achieved it.Give an example of how you worked on team.What do you do if you disagree with someone at work?Share an example of how you were able to motivate employees or co-workers.Have you handled a difficult situation? How?
10Interview Dos And Don’ts BE CONFIDENT Composure is key. An interview is a good measure to show how you handle pressure so you do not want to appear too nervous.ARRIVE 15 MINUTES EARLY Late attendance is never excusableDO YOUR HOMEWORK Learn as much as you can about the company and the people that are interviewing you.DRESS AND ACT PROFESSIONALLY It is not what you say, but how you present yourself. Shake hands firmly, maintain eye contact, sit up and stay focused.DOASK QUESTIONS Asking questions is the best way to show enthusiasm for the job. Show you did your homework and you are genuinely interested.SELL YOURSELF Speak confidently about your experiences and how they distinguish you from the other candidates.GET CLARIFICATION The better you understand the question, the better the answers you give.FOLLOW UP Send a follow up thanking the interviewers for their time and reaffirm your interest in the position.
11Interview Dos And Don’ts BE VAGUE Get the employer to be more specific and then respond.INTERRUPT If you don't have time to listen, neither does the employer.CHEW GUM or place your phone on the employer's desk.ACT OVERLY FAMILIAR even if the employer is acting in this way.DON’TRAMBLE Long answers often make the speaker sound apologetic or indecisive.SIMPLY ANSWER "YES" OR "NO“ Explain whenever possible.LIE Answer questions as truthfully as possible.BADMOUTH your present or former employers or companies.
12The IICAP Internship Process 1Finding the right internship2Turning the internship into a job
13Fit in Be alert to the corporate culture Get along with your boss and your coworkersYour coworkers always have a say as to whether you get the full-time position!Ask for feedbackUnderstanding how they perceive your work in their workplace can be very insightful for improvement
14Fit in Things to keep in mind Adhere to the start and finish hours It doesn’t look good to start late and leave earlierRespect the dress code
15Set Personal Goals Show initiative Showing enthusiasm for your work is the best way to prove you belong thereGo above and beyond the bare minimumWhen you exceed expectations, you gain your colleagues’ trust
16Your Image MattersEverything you do creates an impression on your employer and coworkersWrite s carefullyBe on timeBe respectful of othersDemonstrate professional integrityPraise much more frequently than you criticizeInclude as many coworkers that would be relevant to your activities
17At the same time, this demonstrates eagerness to learn and motivation Ask QuestionsIf you don’t know how to do something, ASK! Employers do not expect you to know everything the from the first day on the job.At the same time, this demonstrates eagerness to learn and motivation
18At the end of the internship Ask for a reference letter that recognizes the contribution you have made