Internships are a great way to gain experience, get exposed to different types of work cultures, get involved in projects firsthand, and develop new relationships. Although internships are typically marketed towards college graduates, they are also great for anyone looking for a career change. If you have an interview coming up for an internship position, here are some questions you can expect, and how to answer them below. Check it out!
Do you have any questions for us?
Interviewers typically ask this question either at the very beginning of the interview, or the last question to wrap things up. This should be something you prepare for prior. Maybe you found some questions you want to ask when doing your research on the company. For example, How would you describe the company culture? Have you had interns in the past? What type of internship is the role? Do you offer positions following the internship? You should also save any questions you may have thought of during your discussion for this time.
What do you hope to gain from this internship?
This question requires more thought than expected. It is typically known that you are looking for a learning opportunity with this internship. Focus your answer on what it is specifically. Again, do your research beforehand, and incorporate a thoughtful response. For example, if you learn the company is a non-profit, or you notice they are extremely involved in the community – share why these things interest you.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
The simple question that is typically asked in every interview. Here you want to be deliberate with how you answer. This is an opportunity for you to tie in your professional accomplishments as well as something personal about yourself. For example, what you majored in, or the job experience you have had in the past, any volunteer work, as well as your interests.
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
This answer should be honest, as well as portray self-awareness. Regardless of weaknesses you may have, try to turn them into a work in progress. For example: “I am extremely organized and creative. Sometimes I struggle with taking too much on, but I am working on that by prioritizing the most important tasks and focusing on those first.” In doing so, you are stating you know what you have to work on, and your plan to take initiative in improving that.
What questions have you been asked during an internship interview? Share below!
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