15+ TOP Internship Interview Questions & Answers
1. Tell me about yourself.
This can be a tricky question because everyone has an interesting life, but what do interviewers want to know? An easy way to get through this question is to imagine what about you is related to the position to which you are applying. Do you have an Engineering degree? Did you do a related internship? Are you hobbies closely related to the position? Tell the interviewer information that paints you as an ideal candidate, naturally.
Second, make sure that you use this question as a chance to become memorable. For example, having a compelling story prepared that paints you in a good light can make the difference between landing the internship and being forgotten.
2. Why are you interested in this position? Why do you think you would do well in this internship?
Here is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and align them with the position. Show the interviewer that your background makes you perfect for the position. For example, if you are applying for a sales job, highlight your marketing degree and internship with a top retailer.
3. Tell me about your college experience, major, and GPA…
Companies are curious about how their name gets out there, so let them know honestly how you heard about it, whether it be via a job board, a current employee, or through directly contacting them.
4. Emphasize Your Skills and Accomplishments.
Focus on your skills and accomplishments, including: high school/college coursework, volunteer and co-curricular activities, and your computer and language skills. Previous internships and/or work experiences are important as well as describing your transferable skills: communication, interpersonal, organization, strong analytical and problem solving, etc..
5. Close the Interview with Confidence.
The beginning and ending of the interview can be the most crucial aspects of the interview. End your interview with confidence. Thank the interviewer for his/her time and ask when you may expect to hear back from the employer.
6. Customize your resume for each interview:
Change your resume’s objective and wording to conform with the job description. Don’t make up stuff or lie, just tailor your words accordingly.
7. Save your resume with your full name in the title before sending it to the company.
Don’t send a document that says, “Resume.” That’s only helpful for finding it on your computer, not to the person who’s receiving 10 resumes per week.
8. In addition to e-mailing your resume to the appropriate person, mail your resume with a cover letter to the hiring manager.
An e-mailed resume is easy to ignore. A beautifully written letter with a real signature on nice paper is hard to throw away. It’s important that you send the letter and resume to the person who’s involved in the hiring process.
9. Always mail your cover letter and resume to the HR department of the company as well.
Be sure to have someone you trust proofread both the resume and cover letter.
10. After you’ve sent your resume, wait at least a week before calling or e-mailing the company.
Don’t ask whether they’ve received it; do ask about the timeframe for potential interviews. Be ready with your elevator speech (see below).
11. For goodness sake, do not drink the night before, or pull an all-nighter, or smoke on your way to the interview.
This is essential. You don’t want to smell like booze or smoke in the interview. You also want to be on your game.
12. Arrive 15 minutes early for the interview and make sure you know the names of the people you’re meeting with.
Basically, leave early and do some research in advance.
13. What drew you to this industry?
The interviewer wants to get a sense for why you’re interested in a certain line of work. Try to talk about your major and extracurricular activities to create a strong case for yourself. For example, if it’s an internship at a newspaper, you can talk about how you love writing for your college paper and want to see how a professional paper runs.
14. Why do you want to intern at this company?
This question digs a little deeper than question number one. There could be other companies around that do the same thing; why did you target this one? And “you’re the only one that interviewed me,” is not an OK answer! Do your homework before the interview. Check out the website, read the company’s mission statement, history, and some recent news. Then you can say, “I was impressed when I learned you were honored as one of the top 100 companies for young professionals,” or something like that.
15. What drew you to this internship?
And this question digs even deeper. The interviewer now knows why you’re interested in this industry and this company. Sometimes there’ll be multiple internship opportunities at the same organization. Why is this exact one right for you? This is where the job description is important. Use lines from the description to answer. For example, “I see that interns here are crossed trained in every accounting function. That would be a great way for me to learn different parts of the profession.”