One Experience Hiring Interns

A reader, Mike, sent me this gem: Interview with the Intern. The lessons:

  1. Mind your language — particularly in the cover letter. I tend to give more benefit of the doubt with affect/effect. But I don’t have much patience with cover letters that misspell my name or the name of the company.
  2. Calm down. I’ve never been worried that people will tear off their clothes and jump out the window, but I have been concerned that the candidate will wear a hole in the carpet, their shoe, or will fidget his/her way out of the door.
  3. Flattery will get you nowhere. Well said.
  4. Don’t make up stuff. I blogged a bit about this for resumes in Don’t Even Think About Lying on a Resume.
  5. Be Sincere.

A great article from the hiring manager/company’s perspective. Thanks, Mike, for sending it to me. If any of you have other intern stories (or general candidate stories), send them on. Especially if you have great advice.

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