The 12 best interview questions for interns

Being on the hunt for the perfect intern for your company can seem like finding a needle in a haystack. Since candidates will lack formal training, you will have to use other criteria to find what you are looking for. In order to delve deeper into the brain of your potential intern,  you have to know what questions to ask to get the answers you need to determine the best fit for the position. Here is list of the best interview questions to ask interns and what you can learn from each of them.

1) Tell me about yourself.

Is the candidate cocky or confident?  Are they uncertain or just plain nervous? Use this question to break the ice and get a feel for how the interview will go.

2) How is your coursework relevant to this position?Internship Interview Questions

Identify whether the potential intern has the abilities to perform the internship. Your job is to make connection between previous projects and skills in relation to the position to determine if the candidate will be a good fit.

3) Do you have any community service or volunteer experience? 

Students who lack in experience can benefit greatly from previous volunteering and community service. Working with a team, planning events, and giving back are great skills that can be very useful in an internship. Prior leadership roles in these settings is an added bonus.

4) What do you know about this company?

If the candidate is motivated and excited to take the next step in their budding career, there should be a plethora of knowledge about the company in which they are seeking an internship.

5) What skills do you hope to gain from this experience?

An aspiring intern may be lacking the hands on experience in their future careers that need to be cultivated through your company. Observe how passionately this question is answered.

6) Why do you want to intern with us?

It is better to be someone’s first pick for an internship and not an afterthought. Seek out those candidates who truly desire a spot in your company not those who are taking what they can get.

7) What can you bring to the table?

By this time you should have a pretty good idea of what the candidate can do for your company. Use this as a chance for the interviewee to put things in their own words.

8) What do you know about the industry?

Although your intern will be a novice, there should at least be some preceding knowledge of the field. Be sure that your intern is familiar with industry trends and jargon.

9) Are you comfortable being closely monitored and supervised?

As an intern, there will be a great need for supervision to keep track of progress throughout the program.  It is important that the intern is comfortable adhering to leadership.

10) Why did you chose your major?

Try to determine the origin for your candidates interest in this field.

11) Do you have any questions for me?

Detect if the potential intern can think critically over the course of the interview to identify questions that need to answered about the company at the conclusion.

12) What are your plans after you graduate?

Listen to your candidate’s long term goals and decide if those aspirations fit into those of your company.

Are you ready to interview your next internship candidate?  Set up a free account with www.bridge,jobs to locate interns in Rhode Island. Learn how to create an internship program with the Guide to Structuring a Successful Internship Program.

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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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