We all know, first times are quite scary especially when it comes to interviews. But being afraid and anxious won’t help us get the job, right? The important thing we should do is to prepare! So, here I list the ways on how to prepare for the first software development remote internship interview, hoping it would help someone who is anxious for his/ her incoming interview.
Write your introduction or an answer to “Tell me about yourself” 💁♂️
One thing I learned about preparing an introduction is you have to really talk about yourself. What I mean is you have to stand out or be unique. The interviewer will definitely interview a lot and you don’t want to be just one of the applicants, you have to make them remember you. You can’t just say you are a hard-working and passionate individual or an organized and responsible one. Many people could be like that. Tell a story or an experience you had before that will highlight and prove that you really are what you’re saying.
Instead of saying, “I’m hardworking and responsible” why not try saying “I work part-time jobs while I am studying and I still manage to maintain high grades” if you are or, “I am a member of an organization…”
Or say “I join organizations, attend conferences and seminars“ instead of just saying “I’m really passionate.”
This way, without literally saying what kind of person you are, you will already give them an idea about who you are.
Skills and Projects 💻
For this part, make sure you prepare your list of skills and rate your knowledge from 1-10 for each of your skill. This, in my several experience when it comes to interviews, is always part of every interview I had gone through. Just be honest.
Another thing is it would be better if you already have projects you did before using those skills. Create a portfolio of all the projects you have. Make sure to prepare on how will you explain its features or how they work and the tools you used to make the projects
If you already have other job experience before even when it’s’ not a programming one, you still have to prepare to explain your roles and responsibilities. In my case, by the time of my software development remote internship interviews, I have experience in working as a photo editor and had a Graphic Designer internship already.
Even when it’s not about coding, I still get ask about it. Though I guess it’s somehow relevant because design and layout skills are important for front-end development roles.
Research about the Company 🏢
This of course is the most important thing when it comes to preparation for an interview. You need to have an insight about what the company you’re applying for does, it’s mission and vision or what products and services they offer. Most times, they would ask what you know about their company.
Personally, aside from visiting their website, I check their LinkedIn page as well. The people and other stuffs to know more about the company.
Possible Questions 📋
After researching and getting an insight about the company, the next thing you can do is prepare the possible questions you’d be asked. And of course, relate your answers to what the company does.
Some sample questions I prepare and answer before the interview:
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What do you expect to gain from this internship?
- What are your work expectations?
Prepare your own questions ❓
Before the interview ends, you will always get asked if you have any questions. This part is not given an importance by the applicant most times, but I’d say asking questions is important. So, better to prepare some questions beforehand or you can also think of questions depending on how the interview went.
But here are some questions I prepare:
- What’s one thing you’re hoping to get from an intern?
- How many interviews should we expect?
- Will there be a possibility for us interns to get a job offer?
- If hired for this internship, what would my duties and responsibilities be?
- What is the time schedule?
It’s the day of the interview! Make sure you have the confidence, wake up early, eat proper meal, prepare decent clothes and logged in thirty minutes before the start of the interview. So, you have time to condition and calm yourself. You wouldn’t want to procrastinate for an interview because there’s a possibility you would regret not answering the way you prepared and not doing well. Goodluck!
📌 Don’t spend the whole night preparing for the interview. Get some sleep. I repeat, you need sleep.
📌 If possible, search for the interviewer on LinkedIn. Seeing how your interviewer looks will lessen the anxiety about the interview.
📌 Just be honest. You will be the one to suffer if you lie about your skills.
📌 Be who you are and be confident.
📌 Don’t be hard on yourself. We would make mistakes, it’s normal because we’re all learning. That’s the point of internships, right? Giving us the exposure and experience to the industry we wanted to venture in.
learn more 📑…