Top 7 Skills That Employers Look for in an Intern


Top 7 Skills That Employers Look for in an Intern

An internship is your first step towards your blooming career which can open gateways to many respected and illustrious full-time job options.

But it’s not easy to win the race if you possess qualities that thousands of other candidates possess too. To be able to stand out and leave a mark, you must have basic traits that all the employers of the 21st century look for. Need to know what they are? Read on.

Confidence – Would you agree that the most common advice given to you before an interview is ‘be confident?’ The reason employers look for confidence in an intern is because confident employees do not fret easily when challenges are thrown their way. Rather, they dive right in to start learning and improving. If you feel confident in an interview, the employer will trust you when you say that you do not let opportunities simply pass by. Your confidence should convey what you’re capable of. Confident people tend to:

  •       Handle things well under pressure
  •       Take risks
  •       Take decisions
  •       Stay optimistic
  •       Convey their ideas clearly

Problem Solving Skills – Although problem-solving is identified as a separate skill, it is often times considered a part of soft skills. Proper soft skills training can inculcate in you the ability to think on your feet and suggest quick solutions. Since employers expect you to derive solutions to project-related problems, opting for structured image consulting or soft skills courses before going for an interview would always work in your favor.

Communication Skills – If there’s a ticket to success, it has to be effective communication skills since it allows the employees to coordinate with their team, understand & follow instructions, report potential challenges, and much more. Here’s what you must have to project effective communication skills:

  •       Good verbal and written language skills
  •       Listening and public speaking skills
  •       Presentation and negotiation skills
  •       Professional group representation skills

Interpersonal Skills – You may be expected to communicate with vendors, clients, managers, and co-workers, and this requires people skills, i.e., interpersonal skills. For both personal and managerial success, it is important that you understand the people you work for and work with. This helps in conflict resolution and maintains harmony in the workplace, which indirectly leads to increased productivity and better results.

Leadership Skills – A great leader must have compassion and integrity since leaders set examples that affect the success curve of an organization. A good leader should take fair decisions that would benefit the company but not at the cost of employee satisfaction. Do you possess these leadership traits?

  •       Transparent communication skills
  •       Strong organization and management skills
  •       Decision-making skills
  •       Respectful
  •       Kind
  •       Influential
  •       Powerful facilitation skill
  •       Smart negotiation skills

Team Collaboration – As a part of the team, you will be expected to collaborate with others to work towards achieving a common goal. Interpersonal skills play a major role in collaboration since they help you to not only work with others but also bring out the best in them.

Technical Skills – You will not be expected to be an expert as soon as you join an organization, but you should have the basic knowledge of the company’s technology and services. The basic expectation from you is that you must know your way around a computer and should have the ability to learn and grow.

In addition to working towards achieving these skills, be sure to research the industry you’re planning to join. While soft skills are the basic requirement, detailed knowledge in your field will certainly give you bonus points.

About the Author
Author: Suman Agarwal

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