If you caught my most recent internship update post or watched last Wednesday’s Instastory (follow me on Insta here, if you aren’t already!), then you know that I was recently given the opportunity to interview potential candidates for the next intern who is going to replace me this summer at the company I am currently working for. It was such an amazing opportunity, especially because it means that I, for once, was on the other side of the job searching table! I was the one you had to impress, not the other way around. 😉
I first reviewed all the applications we received and then had to narrow them down to choose the candidates that I thought would be the most qualified for the position (and I wrote an entire post about it here if you want to know more about it!). Then, of course, came the interviews. I was really excited for this part because I have always been the interviewee, not the interviewer. Being on the flipside of the coin made me understand things about job interviews that I had never really considered before. By seeing others being under the spotlight, I noticed some interview mistakes that I am pretty sure candidates are not even aware they are making – and, well, I probably made them too, at some point. Here’s what I’ve learned from being the interviewer for a day.
I know that one thing you guys wanted more of this year is internship and career-related blog post. My reader survey told me as much. And as I’ll be graduating soon (only six months left, what?!), you can for sure expect more of that kind of content to be on the blog. In the meantime, make sure to check out my “Career and internship advice” section!
However, as you may or may not know, I am currently on a second full-time internship, this time for a brand called Patience Fruit & Co. I recently told you all about what a typical day looks like for me as a marketing intern, but this week I was assigned a task that I had never done before, and I have to admit that it was super interesting!
My internship ends at the end of April, and they will be looking for a new intern to replace me for the summer. They received over 20 applications this week to fill up my position! My supervisors being super busy, they asked me to go through each application and to pick the people who I think would be most suited for the job so we can meet them for an interview. I had never been on the other side of things before, and getting this opportunity opened my eyes to the whole resume and cover letter thing. I’ve seen just about any scenario there is out there (both the good and the bad), and I thought that you guys could benefit from a few things that I’ve learned! So here are the do’s and don’ts of job searching, whether that is an internship or a post-grad position! View Post