I’ve participated in many interviews as both the interviewee and interviewer. In recent years I played a larger role hiring interns in particular. While the conversations could vary, here are the top questions I always tried to ask:
So tell me about yourself:
What this tells me: I want to hear your story from your perspective. I’ve read your resume and possibly your cover letter but I want to hear you tell it. This also gives me a glimpse of your personality and provides further context about your experience.
What are you hoping to gain from this internship?
What this tells me: You don’t just want to check the box for a job but rather have specific goals and would like to learn and enhance your skill set.
Why do you want to work for this company?
What this tells me: You’ve researched the company and have applied for a specific reason. Tell me specifically what you find appealing about this company and how you can make it better.
What do you like to do outside of school and work?
What this tells me: I’m once again trying to get a sense of your personality to ensure you’re a good fit, so don’t go into robot mode and give a canned answer. (Tip – The Gif below? Not a good answer!)
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