Interview Tips for Summer Jobs and Internships


So… school is out for summer, hooray! What to do now? Getting a job sounds like a good thing to do this summer, but with the competitive environment for those coveted summer internships or higher paying summer vocations, how can you make the right impression to get that “Dream Job”? Summer is a chance to pad one’s resume with important, or at least important-sounding, work. Whether it is an unpaid internship which may offer an “In” later in life or waiting tables at a local restaurant, or becoming an entrepreneur, cultivating your own ideas, leaving the right impression…a thought through impression, can make your summer job experience more worthy and profitable in the longer term.

I guess the question you are asking is how? Well  Mother, May I can offer you the mannerly road map to improving your chances of getting that Dream Job!


    1. Do your homework! “What?” you are saying…”I am out of school so I don’t have to do homework!” Well face it folks…a successful life is all about the homework. Investigate the industry or company or specific job description you want. With Google, the task is much less daunting. Being prepared is the mannerly thing to do.
    2. Show Enthusiasm: Show this during the interview because only the top 10 – 20% of candidates do. Make sure the interviewer knows you are excited to be there, and are pleased to discuss your background, your skills and abilities, and how you can help the company succeed with your skill set.
    3. Active Listening: Paying attention and being present in a conversation, an interview or a meeting will show that you are interested and engaged. Everyone wins when you take the time to put down your electronic devices and just listen.
    4. Dress the Part: Appropriate dressing “Your personal comfort ends where professionalism begins,” says Vinda Rao, marketing manager at online recruiting software company Bullhorn.  “[When] you are trying to make a great impression, being casual because it’s hot outside is an indication that you don’t take the opportunity seriously.” Career experts say dressing inappropriately is hard to recover from during the interview process.
    5. Become an Entrepreneur:  If you are having trouble finding work or just want to launch your own paid pastime, summer is the time to do it.  Mow lawns, walk dogs, paint houses…do whatever you’re interested in, and learn lessons in startups while you’re at it.

As Malcolm Gladwell said “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”   – Malcolm Gladwell Outliers

Good manners is what takes people from Good to Great! Practicing professional protocol and mindful manners through the interviewing process is the key to measurable success, whether you are applying at Starbucks or the Whitehouse.


Share with us some of your successes in finding a summer job that moved you! We want to hear!

Thank you,

Lisa and Demetria

Co-Founders Mother, May I – Etiquette Experts

May I Improve Myself with 3 Simple Behavior Changes?

Angel and DevilOf course! You can make a few tweaks (not Tweets) to yourself and that might be all you need to create a better 2015 for yourself and those around you. Building a Better Year by Bettering Your Behavior!

In a culture where technological advances are often used to help us connect with others, what may occur is connecting ourselves more deeply to our own narcissism. Take some time to keep your distance from that “selfie”.

Take some old-fashioned MMI advice – How people look at you may be a catalyst for making a difference in their lives. Read Mother, May I’s Making the Right Impression page to learn more.

Take a snapshot of yourself from a distance – Become aware of your mind-body vulnerabilities.

Changing your behavior to make a better impression may be a daunting thought…but, it is not impossible. If you follow some simple Mother, May I codes of conduct, you will develop the skills to leave a better impression. Resolve that you WILL make a better impression on others in 2015.

  1. Act Positive! Use the right body-language to let others know that you are feeling good. Learn about the right body language at MMI’s Lunch-N-Learn training sessions…Details will be posted soon.
  2. Use the right words. The proper word choice is important when you want to send the right impression.
  3. Reduce your stress by developing a “care for others” regiment. Throughout your day, practice simple, yet powerful acts of kindness.

Mother, May I wants to help you help yourself feel better in 2015.  Practicing good manners will get you moving in the right direction!

Need Help? Call-text-email us- because we can help.  BTW, my New Years resolution is to help 3 people a week.

What is yours?  Share with us one of your resolutions that you feel will create a better world.


Happy New Year!

Demetria and Lisa

Co-founders Mother, May I

Is What I Wear Only My Business?


So Starbucks is causing a bit of a stir this week with the company’s change in dress code – No pink or purple hair, no glitter or bright nail polish and no rings with stones. Wow, the comments weighing in on both sides of that argument are impassioned, as cited in this article by the NY Daily News.

Esquire magazine had named Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg its ‘Worst Dressed Celebrity.’ While I’m confident the billionaire isn’t losing any sleep over the title, there is a bigger implication here, not everyone is the creator of Facebook, and employers are having trouble coming up with the right combination.

Employers institute dress codes, usually, because employee attire is a significant problem for customers, coworkers, or the company’s professional image. If an office does not enforce a dress code, some people will come to work in whatever they like, regardless of their professional appearance. With an office full of people in all types of wardrobes, it can be distracting to others in the office and hinder productivity


Here are some things to consider:

  1. Dressing appropriately for the situation exhibits that you are prepared, organized and respectful
  2. Wearing clothing with fit and function in mind, will reduce the opportunity of a clothing malfunction
  3. Wearing the right attire will increase your confidence and reduce distractions


If clothing requires perpetual readjustment, then it poses a “distraction” to the wearer or the viewer, and that is not nice.

If your clothing doesn’t cause distraction to you or others, then you are more likely listening attentively or being listened to in a more active way. Do you want people to remember you for the content of what you say, vs. the memory of you fidgeting with a shirt or skirt that was a smidge too small or wrinkled? Read more about making the right impression.

And for those of you who are formulating your dress code, please make it clear. Dress codes have to accommodate and correlate to the type of work. Using images to reinforce your clothing examples can be a helpful tool!


The bottom line here is that you are representing your company, your community, even your family when you walk out that door every morning…so be mindful and respectful of that fact and dress accordingly.

Learn how to dress the part that can actually GET you the part. Contact us at for details!

Please share with us your worst “Fashion Faux Pas” at work.


Lisa and Demetria

Co-Founders – Mother, May I