Whether you are a graduate or student seeking career change or experience, take the maximum of your changes and know exactly what to do to turn an internship into a job offer.
Whereas some of these tips might seem obvious, they are indeed not followed by the majority of interns newly initiated into a company.
Let’s see how to elevate your changes from ‘’Join to Leave’’ to ‘’Join to Stay’’.
1. Your first interview – SET YOUR EXPECTATION
It all starts at the first interview, the stage of assessment of your potential in a company.
Setting your expectations right is crucial to avoid conflict, wasting time, and/or motivation during the internship collaboration.
YOU CAN & SHOULD ask the potential employer the following questions – depending on your goal:
- Are there any full-employment opportunities after the internship collaboration is over?
- What determines the employability of an intern in the company?
- Is this an internship offer with an employment opportunity?
- Is the company hiring freelancers after the internship agreement is over?
2. Do not treat it as a short-term
Understand that YOU are the one to decide to accept an internship, be it with or without payment.
Accepting an internship without payment does not mean that you get to ‘’SLACK’’ at work. It will greatly impact your future reviews or work opportunities.
Treat your internship like a real job. DO NOT rush to a conclusion. Even if the company is not currently hiring, an internship can always turn into a part-time or full-time job! Your productivity levels and contributions are what make you indispensable to the company.
3. The Power of Networking
The network is more valuable than money – when it comes to internships.
Be sure that if you have performed well, a company will never close a door in front of you. Be it that you are asking for a recommendation or for help to get in touch with someone from their network.
Especially in Denmark, the network is based on performance. By showing a maximum of your abilities and contribution, no Danish company will deny you a top-class recommendation to their network or by request. (If the company does not have the possibility to hire you)
Do not underestimate the power of networking when trying to turn internship into a job offer.
4. Research Before & After
Obviously, the more you know about the company at an interview, the more documented and interested you will seem.
By statistics, showing knowledge about the company is one of the highest competitive advantages. Prove that you have done your homework.
EXTRA TIP: Typically, it is easy to determine the emergency topics and strenghs of a company if you look at its Homepage. What is it that the company screams about on SoMe and the website?
Stay tuned after you have been approved. Be on the lookout regarding trends, customer choices, products, and strategies within your industry.
5. Showing Interest Like a Pro
Research is one way to show interest – ASKING QUESTIONS is another.
A great strength that needs to be used wisely. Show enthusiasm and your eagerness to learn. Do not ask questions that you can find the answer for on your own.
Rules to keep in mind:
– Ask the right person. Avoid reacting to awkward situations by asking the co-worker who is not responsible for tasks related to the question.
– Respect the schedule. Send a request to discuss your questions. Never interrupt someone from work. Do they seem busy? Wait until they are free.
– At first, show that you have tried to inform or find a solution on your own.
Check out what are the factors that make employers hire a candidate.
6. Make Yourself Indispensable
Nothing wrong with thinking 3 steps ahead when you are in an internship. In the end, it is your career we talk about.
Make yourself indispensable. Find areas of improvement where you can be ‘’Hot-hands’’ (be a worker that creates direct value). Show that you can save time & money, at the same time being productive.
- You need to create SoMe Postings in 2 hours. Make it in 1 hour.
- Start or initiate projects that cannot be complete without you. Do not rush to be done with all the grand tasks by the end of your internship day.
- Propose ideas to lead-company representatives and show a plan of implementation, with highlights to areas of improvement.
7. Take Care of EGOs
You might think that being proactive and highlighting potential improvements in the company does nothing but good to your career.
However, when you ignore a company’s egos, it can fire back.
Does your new idea highlight a weak performance of a manager or other co-worker hired in the company? Make sure you praise company resources in your solution.
The company’s website has meager traffic. Your suggestion could be to implement SEO integration strategies to increase the leads to the site itself.
Issue: Brings bad light onto the web support team.
Solution: Be sure to mention with your suggestion that you could use the company’s specialists for this task as they have the necessary expertise.
NEVER downgrade your co-workers.
8. Know Your Team
Engage and create relationships in your organization. It would help if you tried to engage with everyone in your office at least once.
Making a good impression is key to YOUR employment decision-making. Did you integrate into the team? How do other co-workers feel about you?
Before deciding to hire you, the manager would ask the co-workers what the impression they have of your personality, and professional background is.
NOTE: Avoid being part of gossip, politics, and/or religious views. Do not be remembered for wrong reasons.
Read here about all you need to know to integrate into a new workplace.
9. Follow up
During your internship period, you will have several conversations and assessments of your productivity.
Do NOT BE afraid to ask if your employment chances have changed. Perhaps the company is in a better economic situation? Asking does not hurt.
Here are some tips on how to handle a job rejection like a PRO!
Follow these 9 tips to turn internship into a job offer or the least be recommended in the industry’s network with high praises.
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By Dina Cravcenco