You finally felt fully prepared for the internship application process. You knew the recruiter line-up, your resume was flawless, and you had perfected your in-person handshake.
And then everything flipped upside down.
The companies you knew were retracting internship job postings and your in-person handshake was no longer applicable as virtual meetings became the new norm.
No worries. We’re here to help you be fully prepared with the current state of recruiting affairs. We have the current companies that are and are not hiring, and students are encouraged to submit tips they’ve learned during the process (and update the list of which companies are still hiring). The page will be constantly updated so check back for the latest news about availability and advice.
Tips to Strategize Amidst Application Panic:
Make your resume stand-out: While it has always been important to make your resume stand-out from the rest of applicants, this is the time to seriously critique and improve if it’s time for a revamp. More applicants per hiring company means more resumes to filter through, so ATS (applicant tracking system) use will be heavily relied upon. Visually appealing resumes with unique font and design don’t process well in companies’ ATS so stick to the facts. The best strategy to have your resume noticeable is to focus on quantifiable information. How much did you increase revenue, or how many people were you in charge of on a team project? Need help with improving your resume? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’d be happy to help.
Be prepared for new interview questions: You’ll always find those “What is your biggest weakness?” questions sprinkled throughout interviews, but now you’ll see an addition of WFH (work from home) questions. If the start of your internship/job will be in the upcoming weeks/months, it’s likely to be a remote job. Be prepared for questions like “How do you stay productive working from home?” and “What changes do you think need to be made so you can work remotely but stay collaborative with your team?” And, obviously, be visually prepared for these virtual interviews. FaceTime a friend and have them evaluate your background and on-camera mannerisms so you're fully ready.
Go the extra mile: The amount of applications per hiring company is significantly increasing. With other companies pulling out their job posts, applying to any company with open positions seems like a no-brainer. However, this creates a significantly higher number of applicants now for a smaller pool of companies. Because of this, the bar is set higher for the bare minimum you may have to do to get hired. Make sure you apply to enough companies, but also take the time to narrow in on a few of those companies. Going above and beyond to prepare and prove why you’re the best fit for them can make a huge difference right now.
Patience: Companies are adapting to these new working conditions, and it’ll take them time to fully adjust. For many, this will be their first time interviewing and hiring remotely, so the process isn’t going to be as efficient as it once was. Find a balance between checking-in and expressing your interest while also understanding that big changes are being implemented.