It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of an interviewer while dressed boldly and explaining to them why you are the ideal candidate for the position. But do not panic, even the “Interviewer” was “interviewed” by someone once.
So at the end of the day, even if they want you to do well because they want to hire you. All they are asking from you is to be prepared. And by the end of this blog, I am going to get your internship interview preparation done.
- Common Internship Interview Questions for Freshers
- Example of How to Answer an Internship Interview Question
- Bonus Tip on What Questions to Ask at the End of the Interview
Internship Interview Questions for Freshers
The interviewer will assess whether you are the proper fit for the position through these internship interview questions for freshers. Therefore, 65 to 70 per cent of the interview questions will be behavioural in nature.
And that’s what we’ll accomplish today. But most significantly, I’ll give you a Bonus Tip toward the end that will help you to ace even the most challenging interviews.
This is the way the internship interview questions for beginners start 99.9% of the time.
Tell me about yourself
Your first impression may be enhanced or diminished depending on how you respond to this internship interview question.
Nobody cares about the details of your entire existence. The interviewer is simply concerned with whether you are the best candidate for the position.
“My name is Priya, I am a hard-working engineering graduate specialising in computer science engineering with an overall CGPA of … along with my degree, I have completed NET, Java, and SQL courses. The various technologies that I have learned have helped me develop my final year engineering project called XYZ. It was during this project, I discovered that I’m a team player and …(include the skills required for the job role).”
Why do you want this internship?
What a pointless question! I want this internship to earn money. Everyone is thinking the same thing.
However, I’ll tell you what the interviewer is really thinking: “Money is important, but if that’s the main reason you want this internship, you’ll leave for somewhere else for a greater wage. Then why would I want to invest my time and energy in training you?”
This is how you answer the question correctly,
“ABC’s reputation is certainly a factor. Also, a friend of mine who has been working here in the IT department for the past 2 years has said that the company’s culture encourages learning and development while on the job and rewards hard work. As I have read on your website, you are planning to launch several new products and features in the upcoming months, and I would love to be a part of that growth. I know that my experience in product management and my leadership skills can help your company grow.”
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
You will come off as fake if you conceal your strength and present it as a weakness. How then should we respond to this?
Start with your strengths.
“I am a quick learner. During my graduation, I worked on 3 different technologies, and as a leader of my team, I ensured that our final year project gets completed on time. It is my motto in life to learn something new every day, and I actively seek feedback to keep growing.”
You can also include other qualities like adaptation, hard work, flexibility, persistence, and self-motivation.
Coming to weaknesses,
“Sometimes, I find it hard to manage my time and cut too close to the deadlines. To overcome this, I have started using sticky notes. I even organise my calendar to include my daily, weekly, and long-term tasks so that I can prioritise my work better.”
Tell me how do you tackle the challenges while working?
Through this, they want to know how you deal with issues. And how will you handle pressure at work?
These three components are a must-have if you want to ace this answer.
- Talk briefly about the difficulty.
- Put greater emphasis on how you overcome the obstacle.
- Discuss the lessons you took away from the task.
“When our college project got delayed, I coordinated with my friends to get the schedule back on track. We troubleshot the issues and solved the problem. I found out that the lack of proper communication among a few team members was the main issue. So, I scheduled weekly sessions where all of us would come and discuss the project.”
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is the most common interview question for interns. The purpose of this question is to determine your level of ambition and whether your long-term objectives are compatible with those of the firm.
So when you are answering this, don’t say “In your place”….sounds too arrogant
“The CEO of this company”….sounds too unrealistic, or “At a better opportunity somewhere else”….sounds too true.
So how do we answer it?
Demonstrate your excitement while emphasising that you are engaged in a long-term career. For example,
“I am particularly thrilled about this position because I know that this internship will give me the opportunity to gain end-to-end knowledge in the XYZ area within the next five years. Even the prospect of honing my managerial abilities and perhaps even taking on some project leadership over the next few years excites me.”
At the end of the interview, the interviewer will ask Do you have any questions for me?
The interviewer wants to determine if you are sincere in your interest in the position, therefore they encourage you to ask questions. Additionally, it provides you with a chance to determine whether or not this is suitable employment for you. A few examples are,
- What does a typical day look like?
- What are the qualifications you are looking for in an ideal candidate?
- What is the company culture like?
- What are the different career paths in your department?
- How long have you been working for this company?
- What’s your favourite part about working here?
Don’t ask too many questions. Wrap it up and leave on a positive note.
Because It’s going to be a looonnnnggg looongg day! And if you are already tired at the start of it, then your brain will stop working. And throughout the interview, you will look dull.
Get enough rest the night before, sleep for 7-8 hours and the next morning go Rock That Interview!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. What is an internship?
An internship is a professional learning opportunity that provides students with relevant, hands-on work that is connected to their area of study or career interest.
2. What are some common interview questions?
Below mentioned are some of the common interview questions:
1. Tell me about yourself
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
4. Why do you want to work here?
5. Why should we hire you?
3. What questions to ask after the internship interview?
A few questions that you can ask at the end of the intern interview are:
1. What does a typical day look like?
2. What are the qualifications you are looking for in an ideal candidate?
3. What is the company culture like?
4. What are the different career paths in your department?
5. How long have you been working for this company?
6. What’s your favourite part about working here?
4. What can I include in my strengths for the interview question?
You can also include qualities like adaptation, hard work, flexibility, persistence, and self-motivation.