Internship interview: what questions you can expect
What is the art of a successful interview? Knowing how to respond to the most common questions that are asked is a great place to start. Remember, at this point, you have already taken the time to prepare an application so now all that is left is to prepare for the interview the best you can.
So, master answering these questions and you will have nothing to worry about during your internship interview:
- Tell me about yourself – The interviewer at this point wants a general overview of you. They want to get to know you and it’s a great way to kick-start the conversation. Sit back, relax and speak openly and honestly. You want the interviewer to remember you so think about what you can say that will really make you stand out. Make sure you finish off by saying why you’re applying for the internship and what makes you suitable for the position.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses? – The interviewer at this point wants to know how competent you are and how efficient you will be at fulfilling the position at hand. Prepare to talk about at least 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses to really impress. Don’t be afraid to talk about your weaknesses – make sure that you explain what it is you struggled with but how you overcome the problem or how you could overcome the problem. Being truthful is the best way.
- Give me an example or a situation in which … – Be prepared to talk about circumstances from past work. Your employer will want to question your insight and attitude on dealing with particular situations so think broad and wide on this. By asking questions about your past, the interviewer may be able to see how you would handle and resolve workplace situations.
- Let’s go over your CV – At this point, the interviewer will want to ensure that everything you have discussed is on your CV. They may also pick up on parts of your CV that you’ve not discussed at length so be aware of every aspect of your CV. You may have to provide more details on a variety of topics, whether it’s a project you’ve worked on or the class subjects you’ve studied. All of these small pieces of information are great in determining your personality and traits.
- What are your goals and aspirations? – Think about where you see yourself in so many years, your interviewer is likely going to ask this. They like to pose this question because they may be interested in knowing how serious you are in pursuing a given academic or professional field. In relation to an internship, this question should answer career interests in the long haul.
In all, the most important thing to do is to relax. Prepare long and hard for an internship interview and let the rest untie itself. Once you have prepped, that’s all you can do. Keep studying your answers and rehearse it a little bit if you have to, to stop you from talking on. And most importantly, good luck! with a positive mindset and the right attitude, you are destined for a successful internship interview.
Written by Gemma Smith