Stanford GSB | Mr. Navy Officer
GMAT 770, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. Public Finance
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Darden | Mr. Engineer Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Stanford GSB | Mr. Systems Change
GMAT 730, GPA 4
Tuck | Mr. Consulting To Tech
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Ms. Ambitious Hippie
GRE 329, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Mr. Milk Before Cereals
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3 (16/20 Portuguese scale)
Harvard | Mr. Sales To Consulting
GMAT 760, GPA 3.49
INSEAD | Ms. Hope & Goodwill
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
INSEAD | Mr. Airline Captain
GMAT 740, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Ms. Almost Ballerina
GRE ..., GPA ...
Harvard | Mr. Startup
GRE 327, GPA 3.35
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB to PM
GRE 338, GPA 4.0
IU Kelley | Ms. Biracial Single Mommy
, GPA 2.5/3.67 Grad
Darden | Ms. Unicorn Healthcare Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.5
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBA Class of 2023
GMAT 725, GPA 3.5
Chicago Booth | Mr. Guy From Taiwan
GRE 326, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Energy Reform
GMAT 700, GPA 3.14 of 4
Ross | Mr. Verbal Engineer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Kellogg | Mr. Danish Raised, US Based
GMAT 710, GPA 10.6 out of 12
Wharton | Mr. Sr. Systems Engineer
GRE 1280, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Mr. Semiconductor Guy
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Polyglot
GMAT 740, GPA 3.65
Duke Fuqua | Mr. Enlisted Undergrad
GRE 315, GPA 3.75
Stanford GSB | Mr. Rocket Scientist Lawyer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65 Cumulative
Darden | Mr. Stock Up
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3

Tips For Summer Internship Interviews

Tips for Internship Interviews

The internship experience is an integral part of an MBA education.

But how exactly can an MBA best prepare for a summer internship interview? Career coaches from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business recently offered a few tips for interview success.

RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH

Experts say research is a must before every interview.

“Setting up Google news alerts is just the beginning,” Paul Reeder, senior director of financial services careers at Darden, says. “You need to understand the industry context in which the company operates so that you can build stronger statements about why you are interested in the industry broadly and this company specifically.”

Al Dea, Founder of MBASchooled, a website that focuses on showcasing life as an MBA student, says it’s critical for students to know how to “speak the language” when interviewing for companies.

“To ‘learn’ a company’s language, I immersed myself in as much content and material as I could,” Dea writes for Relish Careers. “Whether it was reading their 10-K, analyst notes on the company, or reviewing my notes from informational interviews I did with employees at the firm, I did my best to truly learn and then use the language and culture of the company I was interviewing with.”

PRACTICE MOCK INTERVIEWS

Having an idea of what you’re going to talk about in an interview can be a huge advantage going into the conversation.

Experts say it’s critical for students to practice mock interviews as much as possible.

“Above all, you need a solid, well-researched and authentic answer to the question every recruiter is going to ask: ‘Why this company?’,” says Casey Floyd, a career coach at Darden. “By asking that question, recruiters want to know why you — instead of every other candidate they interview — will be the best fit for their role.”

GET COMFORTABLE

It’s common today for companies to interview over the phone or computer.

Thus, experts recommend that students get comfortable with presenting themselves via a digital platform.

“For telephone interviews, secure a place with no distractions and great reception. Stand up straight, dress up for the interview and use a mirror while you are speaking. These steps add energy, quell nerves and put your best voice forward,” Denise Karaoli, director of international careers at Darden, says.

Sources: Darden School of Business, Relish Careers