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Published April 12, 2013, 09:17 PM

A downtown advertising agency is taking an unusual approach to hiring summer interns

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A downtown advertising agency is taking an unusual approach to hiring summer interns.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- A downtown advertising agency is taking an unusual approach to hiring summer interns.

H2M in Fargo sent candidates through a rapid-fire interview process… kind of like professional "speed-dating."

You can do a lot in three minutes. Microwave popcorn, brush your teeth, or download a new song. But how about interview for a job?

That's exactly what 18 internship hopefuls did at H2M in Fargo.

Cassandra Maland- Internship Applicant: "Sort of intimidating, but it was really fun actually, and really interesting."

They call it the "Interno Inferno" - a series of rapid-fire interviews.

Each had three minutes to make a lasting impression - and just thirty seconds to make it to their next interview.

With two summer internships and a potential full-time position on the line, they took that challenge very seriously.

Hannah Reichel- Internship Applicant: "You just had to make sure that the things you were talking about were very to-the-point, trying to make a really good impression."

It was a different experience for employees, too.

They were all included in the interview process.

Meghan Finch- Director of Client Services: "We're an advertising agency, we should have fun with this. So, we decided to do a little bit of a competition over the course of the summer. It's a great way to get some good experience for our intern candidates and also for us to really put them to the fire and find out if they have what it takes."

While doing a series of three minute interviews does have its own unique challenges, there are also some advantages that you wouldn't get in a traditional setting.

Cassandra Maland- Internship Applicant: "I think it was actually really great to meet a lot of different people rather than just one person and kind of get a gauge for the personalities of the office."

And the challenge doesn't end here - they will narrow down the candidates and invite them back for round two.

Meghan: "You know, we had this random idea and it seemed to work out really well. I think it's probably something we will do again in the future."

One of the interns that is chosen will have an opportunity to land a full-time position this fall.

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