8 Common internship interview questions and how to handle them

Interviewing is one of the most stressful experiences in a student’s career. Usually people confuse an internship interview as similar to a job interview. In a job interview, questions are asked related to experience but in an internship interview, questions are based on interests and skills.

Here are the common questions you should be prepared to answer before any internship interview:

Tell me something about yourself

By asking this question interviewer wants to know more about you as a person. He means, “Tell me more about you as a person. Can you remain cool and calm when in the spotlight?”

While answering this question be short, informative and articulate. You may tell him about your tastes and preferences, hobbies, some interesting facts and your achievements.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

By asking this question interviewer wants to learn more about your competencies and motivation to improve your weaknesses. He wants to ascertain what role will suit your strengths.

Prepare yourself to discuss a few strengths and weaknesses because you will be asked about them.

Usually interns get nervous while discussing abut their weaknesses. So to answer this question firstly, avoid from cliché and ineffective answers such as “perfectionist” or “workaholic.” Secondly, while stating a weakness discuss how you are working to improve it.

Walk me through your resume

Interviewer here wants to discuss and get a detailed knowledge about the facts stated in your resume and also some other additional details that wouldn’t come through from just reading your resume.

Your response to this question should provide those additional details which interviewer expects. You may provide insight into why you made the academic, professional and extracurricular choices you have made. While you are discussing about your experiences, make sure you highlight the skills and knowledge you gained that are the most relevant to the job and will set you apart.

What have you gained from your work experiences?

When interviewer has read your resume and following that asks you about your work experience, he wants you to discuss those work experiences in detail.

So while answering avoid simply listing your past jobs. Instead, pick one or two work experiences and talk about them in detail. What were your duties? What particular activities, events or crises stick out in your memory? Use these specific details to think about what you learned while doing that job.

Tell me your career goals and long-term plans?

Interviewer here wants to learn where do you hope to be in after a few years? This question can also help you realize how you want to spend your professional life. So while answering come up with some concrete goals you hope to accomplish, and tell the interviewers how their company will help you achieve those goals.

Why do you want to work in our company?

Interviewers know you want a decent stipend and benefits. Beyond the monetary gain, tell them why you chose this company and what you can bring to the table. If you don’t have an answer to this question then you may start applying in other company.

Do you have any questions for us?

Whenever you are asked this question always say yes. If you don’t ask a question it may appear to the interviewer that either you are not very much interested in this internship or you have no idea about the company or the position. But just for the sake of asking don’t ask irrelevant questions and avoid cliché.

What do you know about our company?

The interviewer wants to see that you care about your potential employer and you are very much interested to intern with the company. So never answer this question by saying “You don’t know”. Most companies that are worth working for don’t want to waste their time with people who are uninterested in the work they do. At the very least, research the company so you understand what you are getting yourself into.

So, if you have some answers prepared for commonly asked questions, it will help you manage part of this stress as well as help you perform better in your interview.

Now, since you have learned how to handle an internship interview, it’s time to apply for an internship. So, just go and register yourself on WeIntern and start applying.