Oh yes, you're back from internship and I'm sure you've gained a whole lot of things. Guess it was a time you'll want to relive.
The feeling of working with geeks from different walks of life in the business world is certainly something you want to see continue.
However, you've got to return to the four walls of school to complete your education program.
Now, how do you show that you've learnt a great deal during internship? That's the next hurdle you've got to cross.
Worry not, just as we provided you with EASY WAYS TO MAKE A GOOD FIRST IMPRESSION AT JOB INTERVIEWS we've also packaged 7 easy ways to make a good first impression during your internship defense, here they are;
1) DRESS FOR THE OCCASION
Just as every requirement has some requirements, every occasion has its own dress code.
To easily make a good first impression at your internship defense, you've got to dress for the occasion.
You can easily talk to your predecessors and find out from them the necessary combinations. Remember, dress the way you want to be addressed.
2) NEVER FORGET TO LABEL YOUR SLIDE/REPORT
Before you go for your presentation, always ensure that you do some routine check on your work, you never can tell the height of error(S) you could correct during that period.
And trust me, one of it is not labeling your slide/report.
Doing this makes it anonymous and it most times disrupt all what you've prepared.
Moreso, it gives the panel of judges or supervisors a bad vibe or feeling about you. They actually see you has untidy, unprepared, unserious and may even doubt if you went through the internship program.
Remember to dot your I's and cross your T's.
3) CHOOSE YOUR AREA OF STRENGTH
One thing is certain, you would amass a lot of work experience during your internship program and it's likely you enjoyed a few.
That being settled, you don't need to go all the way, giving details of everything during your internship defense.
All you need do is to give a summary of your work experience then pick the one you enjoyed the most(your area of strength) and talk extensively on it.
4) TAKE NOTE OF SIMPLE & LIKELY QUESTIONS
DEFINITELY, you'll be asked some questions during and/or after your presentation.
So, before you take up the microphone or go on the podium, ask yourself, if I were to be among the panel/committee, what kind of question am I going to ask?
That way, you'll be able to write out some likely questions. And I tell you, don't ignore the simple ones, they are the most common questions being asked.
Why you make ask? It's simple, time may not permit the panel to ask complicated questions which will result in a long explanation/answer. So they go for cheap questions which they believe you should be capable of giving the correct answers.
Get ready for questions such as; why, what's the essence of the whole research/report, what are the benefits of the whole work experience? and so many others space won't allow me to write.
5) BE TIME CONSCIOUS
There's always a time-frame allotted for each individual. Don't try to impress the panel and wow the audience by dwelling too much on the topic.
Yes, you can explain all you want but be careful not to digress to what's unnecessary.
You can do a dry-run back in your dormitory so as not to overshoot.
6) TAKE NOTE OF ERRORS IN TENSES
Little errors in tenses in your slide/report can cause indelible mark(s) to your whole presentation that can make your audience/panel take you to be an individual of low significance.
Ensure you dot your I's and cross your T's.
7) DON'T BE AGITATED WHEN YOU'RE BEING QUESTIONED OR CORRECTED
Questions and/or corrections will definitely come, there's no two way about it. Get ready for that.
But, what you can't decipher is the way or manner it will come.
So, be prepared for anything so that you won't be caught unawares.
No matter the way it comes, don't be agitated, take it in.
The best way to get through this is to always remember your purpose of going through the process.
Welcome the question as if you knew you would be asked, think through and give a reply. But if you do not have any answer, kindly request for help from the individual who asked the question so that you can know better.
And if you're being corrected, also welcome the correction and be thankful for being corrected because you've learnt something from it.
Religiously follow these measures/tips and it's most likely you increase your chances of success and even if it's a mere 10% increase, you have become 10% better than you were before --and that is your benefit.