Internship is a wonderful way for students to gain professional experience and learn more about the field they are seeking a career in. At the same time, it is a great opportunity for organizations to check how well an individual fits into the overall working culture of their company. Interns who are able to stand out and display exceptional skills are able to turn their internship opportunity into a full-time job offer.
While no company guarantee a full-time job at the end of internship tenure, a candidate who displays a genuine capacity is very likely to get a job offer.
If you have managed to get internship opportunity in a good firm and looking to convert it into a full-time offer, these tips can help improve your chances:
Make a Good Start
Making a good start is very important to show your supervisor how much you value the opportunity in hand. Research about the company, its business, its policies and what the company values in its employees before you start. The essential information on what the company identifies as success will give you a distinct advantage over other interns. If possible talk to ex-interns (current employees) about their journey from an intern to a full-time employee.
You have most likely tried very hard to get the internship and now that you are working here be enthusiastic and eager to learn. Ask questions, take initiatives, and try to understand about different business areas. Remember, employers are always on the lookout for candidates who seem eager to learn rather than an employee who only follows the order.
Build a Strong Relationship With Your Supervisor
Outline about your professional goals and internship aspirations to your supervisor and understand his expectations from you. Be sure to keep the supervisor informed about your work and check if you are meeting expectations. Take his feedback seriously and work hard to demonstrate your ability as a team worker as well as an independent professional.
This goes without saying. Every employer is on the lookout for people who work hard and take initiatives. If you are not assigned any work, take initiative and ask colleagues if you can help with their work. Think about what you can do next when you are about to finish an assigned work. Using your time efficiently and producing quality work will establish you as a valuable employee that no company would want to let go.
Network, Network and Network
Make efforts to connect with as many people as you can. Do not limit your communication to your immediate peers but get to know people from all levels. Come across as a polite, friendly and approachable individual while making sure to respect other people’s privacy. Be helpful and never get involved in office politics or in bad mouthing others.
Express Interest in Working for the Company
Let your supervisor know about your interest in working as a full-time employee with the company. There are high chances that the supervisor will recommend extending the offer to someone he knows would accept it. Even when there may not be an immediate opening but by expressing your interest in the company, you will be more likely to be called once an opening comes up.
Even when you are not able to get an offer after all the hard work, you are making valuable connections and gaining experience that will help you kickstart your professional life. Be positive and keep working hard to achieve your dreams.