What Every Potential Intern Needs to Know – Tip 2 of 2
While jeans have become increasingly acceptable as everyday work wear in many offices, card-carrying creatives in the fields of marketing, advertising, and all things digital, have made it all but mandatory. This doesn’t sadden me, as I enjoy the perks of donning casual duds as much as my office-mates. And while some etiquette experts say “it’s never ok to wear jeans to an interview,” I disagree, provided it’s appropriate for your industry and they’re paired with an appropriate shirt and shoes. Here’s what’s not OK: cargo shorts and flip-flops – and yes, I’ve seen this on more than one occasion. It’s not acceptable. Not if you know the company has a lenient dress code, and no not if it’s “just” for an informational interview, and not even if it’s 102 degrees in the shade and every other person in the office is wearing Daisy Dukes and racer-back T’s. You see, fitting in happens after you’re, well… in.
Here are some more “don’ts” if you’re looking to make a good first impression:
- No goofy t-shirts, e.g., “Stop Global Whining.” It goes without saying the 2016 Election is off the table, too.
- No visible underwear. Yes, ladies it’s cute that your bra straps match your top, but save it for the weekend. Guys, unless you’re auditioning as an underwear model, buckle up.
- No skorts. Admittedly this is more of a personal thing. Still, just because their popular at Athleta, doesn’t make it ok.
- No hats. Better to be perceived as having unfortunate hair than a lack of common sense.
So what can you do to make a good first impression? Read on……..
- Do be on time – and not more than 10 minutes early.
- Do call if something unforeseen comes up and you’re running a few minutes late. (Do not use the excuse that you’re from Anoka and you rarely get into the city. I’ve already heard it.)
- Do familiarize yourself with the company, its website, work and clients.
- Do bring multiple copies of your resume with you. You may be asked to meet with several people.
- Do follow up with a thank you note to each person who interviewed you. E-mails are acceptable, but a hand-written note really stands out.
Finally, DO post if you have more tips to share on landing an internship!
Read : Tip #1
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