Internship Interview: 10 questions you might be asked

As your internship interview approaches you may begin to feel an abundance of emotions ranging from excitement to anxiety. Being prepared can help you settle your emotions and get on your game face. After you have prepared the perfect outfit, done a test run to the facility, and brushed up on your handshake (no one likes a limp handshake!), it’s now time to delve deeper into the interview process. It’s a good idea to anticipate what the interviewer will ask you so that you won’t be caught off guard. Here are ten questions you may be asked during your internship interview.

1. Tell me about yourself…

Use this question as an icebreaker and let the interviewer get a look at who you are. Even though you may want to talk about yourself for awhile, remember to keep your answer under a minute.

Internship Interview

2. What is your biggest weakness?

This simple question can spin your mind in a million directions. Are you supposed to be completely honest or make the interviewer think that you are bionic? The key is to be honest and think of a weakness you have and how you have worked through it.

3. Where do you see yourself in five years?

The reason an interviewer will ask this question is to determine how ambitious you are. Showing a company that you have already mapped out a plan for yourself demonstrates you to be a person with goals. Include how this internship can help you reach these goals. But also keep in mind that you never want to say, “I want to have your position in 5 years” as this could send the wrong message to the interviewer.

4. Why do you want this position?

Don’t be generic. Show the interviewer that you know about the company and why you would be a good fit for the job. Elaborate on how this position will make a difference in your budding career and how you can add value to their operations.

5. How are you unique from other candidates?  

Show you that you have self confidence. It will be easy to sound cocky when answering this question so proceed with caution. Be genuine about your strengths. Selling yourself may be difficult for some, but with practice you will be able to do it with grace.

6. What is our mission statement?

Now is the time to show that you have researched the company before coming to the interview. This is a great question to test how prepared an intern will be when put on the spot. Be ready with not only the mission statement, but other facts about the company that are sure to impress the interviewer.

7. Give an example of a time that you worked with a team.

Situation questions are a great way to get a prospective intern talking to learn more about their work ethic. Even if you have no experience in the workplace, draw from other life experiences like relevant school projects or extracurricular activities. Describe how you worked with the team to reach a goal. Did you take the lead?  Be sure to share that with the interviewer.

8. Why did you choose your major?

You should already have a good idea as to why you are pursuing a career in this field.  Tie in life experience that led you to choose your major and this potential career.

9. What are the recent trends in this industry?

Show that you know your stuff and keep current on the market in the industry in which you are seeking to join.

10. Why should we hire you?

Now is the time to bring the interview home and demonstrate how much you would love to become the intern of choice for this company. Don’t forget to show appreciation for the time spent at the interview. Don’t oversell yourself but make an offer they can’t refuse!

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Bridge is a program that focuses on connecting employers and students in Rhode Island. The goal of Bridge is to match Rhode Island employers with talented students looking to gain valuable professional experience. Applying knowledge and skills acquired in college to a professional setting is a vital component of a student’s college education. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation. By hiring interns, employers gain qualified, career-driven young professionals as employees. Student bring with them exposure to cutting edge practices and technology, new insights and philosophies, flexibility and a thirst for knowledge. bRIdge has a particular focus on connecting students and employers from specialized fields such as Business, Science, IT, Technology, Health, Design, Engineering and Manufacturing. The bRIdge website allows employers to post paid or unpaid internships online and directly reach out to a vast and talented pool of students. College students and recent graduates can sign up and start looking for an appropriate professional learning opportunity in minutes. bRIdge is a program of the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) and RISLA’s College Planning Center of Rhode Island. RISLA has joined up with Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island (AICURI), the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education (RIBGHE) and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce to bring together academia, business and community. If you have any questions about this program or if you need any assistance, please feel free to contact us.

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