Interview Questions and Answers: Internship interview questions Part 1

Internship interviews, and interview questions, are quite unique. Internships happen at a unique period in a person's career, and the situations are never repeated. This stage of a career is like early childhood, and the sensations are all unfamiliar.

There's a lot of pressure for internship applicants, the unknown possibilities of failure, strange environments, or the mysterious interview questions which, when coming from professionals, sound so profound. Every interview question can look like an obstacle.

Interviewers have to stick to relevant interview questions, by definition. The interview environment is strange because it's unfamiliar. The most likely possibility of failure is probably going to be self-inflicted.

Internship interview questions are all practical. You won't see many, if any, blue sky interview questions. Some of these internships are intensely competitive, and interviewers have to work on a set of standards.

Important issues in internship interview questions:

  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Personal inputs
  • Information content

Motivation

The motivated intern is the one they want. Your interview answers have to show a clear motivational basis. You need to indicate a career path, objectives, and a methodology.

Communication

Each interview answer has to be well expressed, preferably with some real interest and enthusiasm, as well as accuracy. Fluent communicators always come across much more effectively to their audiences. Interview answers can be made interesting, as well as saying what you want to say.

Important note: If you're not comfortable as a speaker, or have difficulty with your expression in conversations, you will need to seek some assistance. Your interview performance, particularly your interview answers, could suffer severely otherwise. It's advisable to contact a professional trainer and arrange for some therapy, before risking the interview process.

Personal inputs

Some interviewees seem to make a habit of doing nondescript interviews. They give their interview answers adequately, but they really don't make any impression. The 'anonymous' applicant is the one who doesn't get the job.

Your interview answers, your statements and your forms of expression should establish an identity. You need to be seen as 'someone', with a name, and a face. This might sound a little odd, but some people are so reserved and self effacing at interviews, that panel remembers literally have to ask who the applicants were. Be yourself, and be recognized for who you are.

Information content

Each of your interview answers should contain strong, structured, content. The content effectively values your interview answers, and is the basis for comparison with other applicants. If you provide good quality information in your interview answers, you will score very well with professionals.

The real information content related to each interview question is:

  • What is the applicant's level of knowledge?
  • How committed is the applicant?
  • What does the applicant want out of the internship?
  • What can the applicant contribute?
  • What makes the applicant better than the others?

In part 2 we'll see how to answer each interview question making these points.