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Do your homework: Get to know the company

One of the major reasons applicants experience bad interviews is due to a lack of preparation. Finding out as much as you can about the company and researching the actual internship you’re applying to is essential to preparing for an interview. Consider treating this like studying for a university course. Make flashcards to learn key people and departments. This may sound like overkill, but the more easily you remember details about the company, the more you’ll impress your interviewer. Make sure you understand the company’s mission and values, and have anecdotes prepared to show that you embody these traits.

After you’re familiar with the company, it’s important to brush up on what you know about yourself. Make a list of your skills, characteristics and attributes, and use these to formulate a strategy to stand out over other applicants.