Help me improve my interview skills.
July 30, 2007 1:03 AM Subscribe
Help me improve my interview skills so I have a better shot at getting an internship this year.
posted by liesbyomission to Work & Money (8 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I know that I'm very well qualified, but this past year it just seemed like I couldn't get a internship. It doesn't help that many less-qualified people I know seemed to have gotten them. I am an engineering (chemical, specifically) student at a top engineering school, and I will be a junior this year. I have a high GPA. I am talented in areas other than engineering. I have leadership experience like whoa and a long history of community service.
However, I cannot seem to get this across in an interview, mostly because I stumble on a few questions. And I really do need an internship this year if I have any hope of getting hired for real, because I don't have time to do academic research or anything like that during the school year.
My biggest problems usually come with questions having to do with weaknesses, risks and failures. I don't really understand what they're trying to get at with the weaknesses question. I've been told that you're actually supposed to give a strength disguised as a weakness, but I have trouble thinking of things like that. My real weaknesses include being socially awkward and things of that ilk. How am I supposed to come up with things that don't make me sound like an antisocial freak? One I've come up with is "I love to challenge myself, so I sometimes wind up taking on too much." That's about it, though.
I can't really think of very many risks I've taken. I don't like taking risks and try to avoid them as much as possible. Also, I have a hard time thinking of failures. I don't want to come across as arrogant, but I really cannot think of any major failures in my life. The only failure in recent memory was nearly failing my first math exam freshman year. I've not really had any major life-messups nor failure to complete projects or assignments.
I know that none of you know me or anything about my personality, so I am asking for ways I could think of this stuff or even examples that you would use in an interview of your own.
Any resources, such as your favorite books or websites, would be greatly appreciated.