Internship interviews can be nerve-wracking. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to prepare for the interview and make yourself stand out from other applicants. In this blog post, we will share the top 10 most commonly asked questions during an internship interview.
1.) Why are you applying for this internship?
This question is one of the most common internship interview questions an internship interviewee will be asked. Show the interviewer that your goals align with what they need. The interviewer wants to know that you want to move forward in the company, so make sure your answer demonstrates that.
2.) What do you hope to get out of this internship?
The chances are that you want to achieve something and the interviewer wants to know what. Explain both what you’re hoping to gain from the internship knowledge, skills, experience, etc. and what you will bring to the company. Think from the company’s perspective; if they hire you for this internship position, how will you benefit their company?
3.) What do you know about our company?
It is important to do research about the company and the position you’re applying for. Take time to look at the company’s website and familiarize yourself with what the company does, who its customers are, and any other information you may not know. The more research you’ve put into learning about the company, the more serious you’ll seem.
4.) What are your long-term goals?
Many employers ask this question to find out if you’re planning to be with their company for the long haul or if you’re just looking for a short-term experience. Make sure you can back up any long-term goals with realistic plans for achieving them.
5.) Have you ever interned before? If so, describe your experiences.
Be ready to answer this question and be sure you’re honest about your experience. Talk about what tasks you were given during the internship and how it helped prepare you for a potential career in that field (or how it at least gave some great hands-on knowledge).
6.) Do you prefer to work independently or in a group setting?
This question will help your potential internship employer decide if you’re the type of person they want to hire. If you are a strong individual who prefers to work independently, then an internship that is mostly self-directed might be best for you. However, if it’s important for you to have input from others and collaborate on projects in order to feel satisfied with your efforts, then jobs with teams may be better suited for you. Either way, make sure your answers reflect your preference during the interview process. This will ensure that both you and the potential employer are happy in the long run.
7.) What are your expectations for your work hours? Is your schedule flexible?
If you’re looking for a position with normal hours and are willing to work overtime when necessary, make sure you mention it. If you have specific expectations in terms of working hours. (e.g., someone who wants to keep their evenings free), then mentioning it may also be appropriate. Even if your life outside of the office isn’t as busy as other people’s, there will still be some need to balance work demands with personal time; so answer this interview question based on YOUR needs rather than comparing yourself to somebody else!
8.) How would your classmates or past work colleagues describe you?
If you’re unsure of what to say, here are some tips:
- Say something that is true and relatively kind. For example, “I’m a hard worker” or “I enjoy learning new things.”
- Avoid negative comments about yourself because it may not lead the interviewer to believe in your self-worth; for instance don’t ever answer with anything like “People would describe me as lazy”. That will come across as an insult to yourself rather than a statement about somebody else’s opinion!
- Don’t make exaggerated claims such as saying that people would call you one of their best employees when you haven’t even been employed. It doesn’t help if there isn’t any evidence to back up your claim.
9.) What level of expertise do you have with traditional office software programs?
This question is important because it’s a way to gauge how much experience the person has with managing data such as spreadsheets, email programs, and word processing documents.
Don’t say anything like “I have a lot of experience with Microsoft Office. I can do all the basic functions and am also proficient in Excel.” This is too generic of an answer for this question as it does not provide specific information about what you’re capable of doing.
Be specific and give examples of what you have done with these programs. Have a close look at the person interviewing and their company, if you notice they are using Macs or PCs for example – make sure you mention it.
10.) Why should we consider you for this internship?
The chances are that you’re not the only person applying for the internship, but you want to make sure that you’re the one they call back after an interview. The best way to do this is by providing a succinct interview answer with three points:
- What are your goals and experiences?
- Why did you apply here specifically, what about my company appeals to you?
- How will these internships help further those goals or achieve new ones?
For example: “I have experience in design work, I’m interested in app development, and marketing strategies, and I am eager to learn more skills.”
There are many reasons why you might be interested in an internship at a company. It might be a stepping stone to your dream job or it might help you update your resume or portfolio with fresh new skills and experiences. It might give you the chance to learn about different aspects of an industry. The best way to ensure success at any internship interview is by being prepared: research the company thoroughly, think through what questions they’re likely to ask, and prepare answers ahead of time if possible.
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