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Internship Interview Questions

Focus on future goals in place of professional experience:

  • How do you think this internship experience will prepare you for your career?
  • What are your plans for after graduation?
  • Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?
  • What are your long term and short term goals?

Inquire about academic experiences rather than professional:

  • Tell me about a time when you had a heavy course load. How did you manage your time?
  • How do you feel your campus involvement (if any) relates to the professional workplace?
  • What has been your most rewarding college experience thus far?
  • Why/how did you choose your major?
  • What was your greatest achievement?
  • What courses in your major have you completed thus far?

Ask questions to determine the candidateís work ethic:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to work as a member of a team to complete a task. What role did you fulfill?
  • What was your favorite summer or part-time job? Why?
  • What have you learned from your part-time or student jobs (if listed on resume)?
  • Why did you choose the career field you would like to work in?
  • What will motivate you in this position?
  • Why do you think you will be successful in your chosen field?
  • What do you believe is an internís role in an organization/company?

Background/General:

  • Tell me a little more about yourself?
  • What is your major and why did you choose it?
  • Do your grades reflect your true ability? Why or why not?
  • What extracurricular activities are you involved in?
  • What leadership roles have you had?

Intern Goals:

  • Why are you interested in this internship?
  • How does this internship reflect your academic and career goals?
  • How will this internship help you work towards these goals? What would you like to get out of this experience?
  • Which of your courses, jobs, or extracurricular activities has prepared you for this internship and make you qualified?
  • Would you like to receive academic credit for this experience? If so, what are the requirements for your school?

Job Performance:

  • What are your greatest strengths and biggest weaknesses?
  • What are your most important/proudest accomplishments?
  • What type of supervisor do you prefer to work under?
  • When you have been told, or discovered for yourself a problem in your job performance, what have you typically done? Examples?
  • What are some things you would like to avoid in a job? Why?
  • What are some things you particularly liked about your last job or related course work?

Self-Assessment:

  • Do you consider yourself a self-starter? An independent worker? If so, explain.
  • When you are jugging multiple things, how do you determine which projects to put on hold?
  • Explain one of the following: the last major problem that you were confronted with; how you have dealt with difficult people; how you overcame an obstacle; or how you solved a problem.

Logistics:

  • Are you familiar with _______________(the computer system that your company uses) and __________ software program?
  • What date would you be able to start? What date would you have to terminate the position?
  • What is your schedule of availability (What days and time are you available? How many hours a week can you work?)
  • How would you handle conflicts between your school schedule and this internship?

Conclusion:

  • Why do you think we should hire you
  • Do you have questions for me?
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