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Top 40 Internship Interview Questions

A guide to help you ace your next interview.


The Essential 5 Interview Questions

The most commonly asked questions in any interview.

1. Tell me about yourself.

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1. Tell me about yourself.
While the basic goal of this question is for the interviewer to get to know you, your ultimate goal is to leave a lasting impression. Be brief, but detailed—introduce where you are from and then state what you are currently doing (as a student or as a working professional).
1. Tell me about yourself.
While the basic goal of this question is for the interviewer to get to know you, your ultimate goal is to leave a lasting impression. Be brief, but detailed—introduce where you are from and then state what you are currently doing (as a student or as a working professional).

2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

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2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Convey your competencies and your motivation to improve your weak ones. Prepare to discuss at least 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses. Stay away from clichés like "perfectionist" and "workaholic." It's a practice to describe a weakness in terms of what you're doing to improve upon it, but be honest, we all have faults.
2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Convey your competencies and your motivation to improve your weak ones. Prepare to discuss at least 3 strengths and 3 weaknesses. Stay away from clichés like "perfectionist" and "workaholic." It's a practice to describe a weakness in terms of what you're doing to improve upon it, but be honest, we all have faults.

3. Give me an example or a situation in which…

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3. Give me an example or a situation in which…
Questions like these are often asked to assess how you would respond to potential workplace scenarios and situations. Prepare to talk about 3 scenarios in which you faced conflict or difficulty in either work or school, had difficulty with either a supervisor or peer, and a leadership opportunity or a project you are particularly proud of.
3. Give me an example or a situation in which…
Questions like these are often asked to assess how you would respond to potential workplace scenarios and situations. Prepare to talk about 3 scenarios in which you faced conflict or difficulty in either work or school, had difficulty with either a supervisor or peer, and a leadership opportunity or a project you are particularly proud of.

4. Can we go over your resume?

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4. Can we go over your resume?
Going over your resume is a great way to showcase your ability to discuss your professional experiences, and is an excellent opportunity to market yourself. Given that this question assesses how well you know your resume, confidently elaborating on prior experiences in detail is key. This question is also likely evaluating your ability to communicate concisely, so avoid droning on and on.
4. Can we go over your resume?
Going over your resume is a great way to showcase your ability to discuss your professional experiences, and is an excellent opportunity to market yourself. Given that this question assesses how well you know your resume, confidently elaborating on prior experiences in detail is key. This question is also likely evaluating your ability to communicate concisely, so avoid droning on and on.

5. What are your career goals (a.k.a. where do you see yourself in ___ years)?

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5. What are your career goals (a.k.a. where do you see yourself in ___ years)?
Interviewers usually pose this question because they may be interested in knowing how serious you are in pursuing a given academic or professional field. Although there is no "right answer" to this question, evaluate your plans for the future and be sure to give an answer that is insightful in that it shows that you have a plan to build upon your professional skills even after your internship. Another solid strategy is to play up the role of the internship opportunity to influence your career goals. Your career goal may simply be to learn as much about ‘x’ as possible in this internship to know if it is something you’d like to pursue a career in.
5. What are your career goals (a.k.a. where do you see yourself in ___ years)?
Interviewers usually pose this question because they may be interested in knowing how serious you are in pursuing a given academic or professional field. Although there is no "right answer" to this question, evaluate your plans for the future and be sure to give an answer that is insightful in that it shows that you have a plan to build upon your professional skills even after your internship. Another solid strategy is to play up the role of the internship opportunity to influence your career goals. Your career goal may simply be to learn as much about ‘x’ as possible in this internship to know if it is something you’d like to pursue a career in.

Internship Related Interview Questions

Questions about your internship experiences.

1. Why are you interested in this internship?

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1. Why are you interested in this internship?
Eloquently communicating your reasons for applying to this particular internship is crucial. You must demonstrate that you are interested and ready to invest your time into such an opportunity. Be specific about your goals and expectations, discuss how you believe your qualifications are in-line with those required of the position, and be ready to explain why you chose this particular company when applying.
1. Why are you interested in this internship?
Eloquently communicating your reasons for applying to this particular internship is crucial. You must demonstrate that you are interested and ready to invest your time into such an opportunity. Be specific about your goals and expectations, discuss how you believe your qualifications are in-line with those required of the position, and be ready to explain why you chose this particular company when applying.

2. What do you know about our organization?

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2. What do you know about our organization?
Researching the company or organization you are applying to is an integral part of the application process, and this question is an evaluation of whether or not you have already done such an essential task. Prepare to answer questions regarding the origins of the company/organization, their current activities, and their objectives for the future.

Failing to have any knowledge of the company/organization you are applying for will appear to be indicative of a lack of interest or commitment to the application, and to the position itself, whether or not that was your actual intention.
2. What do you know about our organization?
Researching the company or organization you are applying to is an integral part of the application process, and this question is an evaluation of whether or not you have already done such an essential task. Prepare to answer questions regarding the origins of the company/organization, their current activities, and their objectives for the future.

Failing to have any knowledge of the company/organization you are applying for will appear to be indicative of a lack of interest or commitment to the application, and to the position itself, whether or not that was your actual intention.

3. What is our mission statement?

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3. What is our mission statement?
While you may not know the company/organization's "motto" word-for-word, it is essential to understand what the company/organization is trying to accomplish, and for what reasons. Using that knowledge, construct a statement that confirms this understanding.
3. What is our mission statement?
While you may not know the company/organization's "motto" word-for-word, it is essential to understand what the company/organization is trying to accomplish, and for what reasons. Using that knowledge, construct a statement that confirms this understanding.

4. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?

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4. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
This should be an easy question to answer. You wouldn’t have applied if you didn’t think you were qualified for the position. It’s important to quickly address how you meet the basic requirements for the internship and then expand upon how your strengths and experiences make you ideal for the position. This is a great opportunity for you to stand out from other applicants and make a case for why they should choose you. You’re more than qualified for the position; you’re ideal.
4. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
This should be an easy question to answer. You wouldn’t have applied if you didn’t think you were qualified for the position. It’s important to quickly address how you meet the basic requirements for the internship and then expand upon how your strengths and experiences make you ideal for the position. This is a great opportunity for you to stand out from other applicants and make a case for why they should choose you. You’re more than qualified for the position; you’re ideal.

5. What do you know about the issues faced by our organization?

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5. What do you know about the issues faced by our organization?
Your research on the company and its values will help prepare you for this question. However, you’ll also need to ensure that you do some preliminary research on the general market that the company operates in. If you were applying for an internship at a banking company, it would be wise to be familiar with how the banking sector and general economy has been doing lately. This shows that you’re aware of the larger context that the company fits into - a rare find in an intern candidate.
5. What do you know about the issues faced by our organization?
Your research on the company and its values will help prepare you for this question. However, you’ll also need to ensure that you do some preliminary research on the general market that the company operates in. If you were applying for an internship at a banking company, it would be wise to be familiar with how the banking sector and general economy has been doing lately. This shows that you’re aware of the larger context that the company fits into - a rare find in an intern candidate.

6. Do you have any ideas on how to solve or address some of the issues our organization may face?

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6. Do you have any ideas on how to solve or address some of the issues our organization may face?
To build upon the question that they have just asked (see previous question), employers will usually follow up with ..."and how would you attempt to solve the issue?" Identify the components of the issues the organization is facing or may face, and apply your problem-solving skills to address each aspect of the main issue. Being able to formulate a well-thought out reply while showing your thought process step-by-step while being put on the spot will demonstrate a confidence in your abilities to work in that position, and provides insight into your general methodology.
6. Do you have any ideas on how to solve or address some of the issues our organization may face?
To build upon the question that they have just asked (see previous question), employers will usually follow up with ..."and how would you attempt to solve the issue?" Identify the components of the issues the organization is facing or may face, and apply your problem-solving skills to address each aspect of the main issue. Being able to formulate a well-thought out reply while showing your thought process step-by-step while being put on the spot will demonstrate a confidence in your abilities to work in that position, and provides insight into your general methodology.

7. What type of work environment do you prefer?

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7. What type of work environment do you prefer?
When an interviewer poses this question, he/she may be attempting to assess how well you would integrate into the work environment. However, they will likely expect your answer to include a description that applies to or embodies the atmosphere of their workplace. Common terms that can be used to describe such environments include “professional” or “casual,” “open” or “private,” and “fast-paced” or “relaxed,” among others. It may also help to look into how other similar work environments are described, so that you can use comparable terminology. Avoid superficial and general descriptions, and be ready to justify your reasoning well.
7. What type of work environment do you prefer?
When an interviewer poses this question, he/she may be attempting to assess how well you would integrate into the work environment. However, they will likely expect your answer to include a description that applies to or embodies the atmosphere of their workplace. Common terms that can be used to describe such environments include “professional” or “casual,” “open” or “private,” and “fast-paced” or “relaxed,” among others. It may also help to look into how other similar work environments are described, so that you can use comparable terminology. Avoid superficial and general descriptions, and be ready to justify your reasoning well.

8. What makes you unique from other candidates?

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8. What makes you unique from other candidates?
It may be tempting to interpret this question literally, but an interviewer is not typically looking for an answer that involves certain aspects of your persona or general history. Instead, this question allows you to give your interviewer a solid and specific reason to hire you instead of any other candidate. Provide your interviewer with a career or academic story that highlights a unique success that may be pertinent to the position's primary objective, and build on that as you continue your response.
8. What makes you unique from other candidates?
It may be tempting to interpret this question literally, but an interviewer is not typically looking for an answer that involves certain aspects of your persona or general history. Instead, this question allows you to give your interviewer a solid and specific reason to hire you instead of any other candidate. Provide your interviewer with a career or academic story that highlights a unique success that may be pertinent to the position's primary objective, and build on that as you continue your response.

9. What type of job-related skills have you developed that may help you in this internship?

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9. What type of job-related skills have you developed that may help you in this internship?
If you have had a job experience prior to the internship opportunity you are currently applying for, be ready to elaborate upon what sort of skills you picked up during your time there, and which specific skills will help you in scenarios you expect to encounter during your time as an intern. Don’t underestimate the experience of working as part of a team in a professional environment and learning to communicate effectively.
9. What type of job-related skills have you developed that may help you in this internship?
If you have had a job experience prior to the internship opportunity you are currently applying for, be ready to elaborate upon what sort of skills you picked up during your time there, and which specific skills will help you in scenarios you expect to encounter during your time as an intern. Don’t underestimate the experience of working as part of a team in a professional environment and learning to communicate effectively.

10. How would you assess your writing and communication skills?

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10. How would you assess your writing and communication skills?
It may seem appropriate to be modest about your skills when asked this question in an everyday context, but an interview is not the time to underplay your skills—particularly if the position in question emphasizes a necessity for such talents. Be honest about the limits of your skills, but enforce the idea that you are constantly on the quest to improve and hone your skills further, especially if you are given the opportunity (or position) to do so.

When answering, it is also best to include some anecdotal stories or example experiences in which you've been required to utilize and showcase these skills of yours.
10. How would you assess your writing and communication skills?
It may seem appropriate to be modest about your skills when asked this question in an everyday context, but an interview is not the time to underplay your skills—particularly if the position in question emphasizes a necessity for such talents. Be honest about the limits of your skills, but enforce the idea that you are constantly on the quest to improve and hone your skills further, especially if you are given the opportunity (or position) to do so.

When answering, it is also best to include some anecdotal stories or example experiences in which you've been required to utilize and showcase these skills of yours.

11. What software are you proficient in?

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11. What software are you proficient in?
Computer skills and technical skills are indispensable in this contemporary era, and any significant experience you have with software relevant to the position in question will be highly desired. Be sure to tell your interviewer if you do have such skills, and highlight your expertise if possible. In addition, typically any good experience using the two main operating systems, OSX and Windows, as well as general office productivity programs like Microsoft Office, Apple’s iWork suite, and even Google Drive will most likely be useful in any position.
11. What software are you proficient in?
Computer skills and technical skills are indispensable in this contemporary era, and any significant experience you have with software relevant to the position in question will be highly desired. Be sure to tell your interviewer if you do have such skills, and highlight your expertise if possible. In addition, typically any good experience using the two main operating systems, OSX and Windows, as well as general office productivity programs like Microsoft Office, Apple’s iWork suite, and even Google Drive will most likely be useful in any position.

12. What do you want to learn from this internship?

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12. What do you want to learn from this internship?
Before accepting/coming into an internship, it is essential to set goals for yourself, and to know what you wish to obtain from the experience. Doing so will allow you to optimize your time spent at your internship and to actually enjoy the experience. Be specific about the things you believe you may be able to learn about during your time as an intern, and how you might apply those skills even after your internship has ended. An employer wants to see that you are equally driven to learn and improve yourself using the opportunity provided to you, and that you are not only in this for otherwise superficial reasons. It’s always a good idea to highlight the opportunity to learn from the senior employees at the company and their years of experience.
12. What do you want to learn from this internship?
Before accepting/coming into an internship, it is essential to set goals for yourself, and to know what you wish to obtain from the experience. Doing so will allow you to optimize your time spent at your internship and to actually enjoy the experience. Be specific about the things you believe you may be able to learn about during your time as an intern, and how you might apply those skills even after your internship has ended. An employer wants to see that you are equally driven to learn and improve yourself using the opportunity provided to you, and that you are not only in this for otherwise superficial reasons. It’s always a good idea to highlight the opportunity to learn from the senior employees at the company and their years of experience.

13. What qualities do you think will make one successful in this internship?

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13. What qualities do you think will make one successful in this internship?
Think about the qualities that you possess, but in the context of the internship. Remember those strengths you highlighted earlier? Bring them up again. If you haven’t gotten the strengths question, this is your chance to speak directly to the qualities that make you a strong candidate. A strong, confident answer to this question is key to the interview.
13. What qualities do you think will make one successful in this internship?
Think about the qualities that you possess, but in the context of the internship. Remember those strengths you highlighted earlier? Bring them up again. If you haven’t gotten the strengths question, this is your chance to speak directly to the qualities that make you a strong candidate. A strong, confident answer to this question is key to the interview.

14. Have you had previous internship experience? Why or why not?

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14. Have you had previous internship experience? Why or why not?
If you have had prior experience at another internship, reflect upon the experiences you had then and think about what you learned there—what takeaways can now be applied to this new opportunity? If you haven’t had internship experience, be prepared to honestly answer why you’re seeking your first internship now.
14. Have you had previous internship experience? Why or why not?
If you have had prior experience at another internship, reflect upon the experiences you had then and think about what you learned there—what takeaways can now be applied to this new opportunity? If you haven’t had internship experience, be prepared to honestly answer why you’re seeking your first internship now.

15. Do you know anyone at our organization?

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15. Do you know anyone at our organization?
Employers may be interested in knowing whether or not you have connections to the organization/company already, and if they should be particularly aware of these existing relationships, but be advised—they may reflect well on your status as an applicant if they have recommended you for the position, but if you are in the unfortunate circumstance of knowing an employee who you know is not particularly doing well at the organization, the opposite effect may occur. Regardless, it is important to be honest and disclose any relationships. An interviewer may be harmless in posing this question, and could be just curious.
15. Do you know anyone at our organization?
Employers may be interested in knowing whether or not you have connections to the organization/company already, and if they should be particularly aware of these existing relationships, but be advised—they may reflect well on your status as an applicant if they have recommended you for the position, but if you are in the unfortunate circumstance of knowing an employee who you know is not particularly doing well at the organization, the opposite effect may occur. Regardless, it is important to be honest and disclose any relationships. An interviewer may be harmless in posing this question, and could be just curious.

Academic or Professional Interest Related Interview Questions

Questions to help better understand your interests.

1. Why did you choose your major or area of work?

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1. Why did you choose your major or area of work?
Making the decision to pursue your academic field or area of professional interest probably wasn’t an instantaneous decision (or a matter resolved by flipping a coin). So think about your personal investment into your major/area of work and your sentiments regarding what you have chosen to study or actively practice that in the professional world, and the rationale for your decision may come more easily to you. Reply with reasons that are both earnest and honest, while showing enthusiasm. Additionally, even though it might be tempting to explain your choice using a lengthy story, try to keep your reasons reasonably brief and concise.
1. Why did you choose your major or area of work?
Making the decision to pursue your academic field or area of professional interest probably wasn’t an instantaneous decision (or a matter resolved by flipping a coin). So think about your personal investment into your major/area of work and your sentiments regarding what you have chosen to study or actively practice that in the professional world, and the rationale for your decision may come more easily to you. Reply with reasons that are both earnest and honest, while showing enthusiasm. Additionally, even though it might be tempting to explain your choice using a lengthy story, try to keep your reasons reasonably brief and concise.

2. What activities are you involved in outside of school/work?

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2. What activities are you involved in outside of school/work?
Employers like to see that you are engaged in other activities that are either indirectly or directly related to the skills required for the position you are applying for, but it isn’t a necessity. The most important part of this question is to be able to demonstrate that you have a life outside of work, and are invested in and passionate about experiencing new things.
2. What activities are you involved in outside of school/work?
Employers like to see that you are engaged in other activities that are either indirectly or directly related to the skills required for the position you are applying for, but it isn’t a necessity. The most important part of this question is to be able to demonstrate that you have a life outside of work, and are invested in and passionate about experiencing new things.

3. What were your favorite/least favorite classes? Why?

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3. What were your favorite/least favorite classes? Why?
When employers ask this question, they’re trying to get a feel for your interests within your major. While pursuing a general field is one thing, it is valuable to them to see what you are particularly invested in, what areas pique your curiosity the most, and what motivates you. Giving your interviewer a list of classes is one thing, but employers probably don’t care so much about the list of the classes as they do about why you chose the classes. The critical aspect of the question is to give your interviewer a sense of what you strive to accomplish and actively seek to gain in your academic environment.
3. What were your favorite/least favorite classes? Why?
When employers ask this question, they’re trying to get a feel for your interests within your major. While pursuing a general field is one thing, it is valuable to them to see what you are particularly invested in, what areas pique your curiosity the most, and what motivates you. Giving your interviewer a list of classes is one thing, but employers probably don’t care so much about the list of the classes as they do about why you chose the classes. The critical aspect of the question is to give your interviewer a sense of what you strive to accomplish and actively seek to gain in your academic environment.

4. What did you enjoy most about your last job?

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4. What did you enjoy most about your last job?
Discussing what you found most enjoyable about your last job is a good way for your interviewer to understand where your interests lie in a professional context. Bringing up specific examples of things you enjoyed at your previous job and explaining why you enjoyed them most will be the best approach to this question.

If you’ve never had a job, it’s likely that you will not be asked this question. Rest easy.
4. What did you enjoy most about your last job?
Discussing what you found most enjoyable about your last job is a good way for your interviewer to understand where your interests lie in a professional context. Bringing up specific examples of things you enjoyed at your previous job and explaining why you enjoyed them most will be the best approach to this question.

If you’ve never had a job, it’s likely that you will not be asked this question. Rest easy.

5. How would your professor or past supervisors describe you?

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5. How would your professor or past supervisors describe you?
Although you cannot be absolutely sure about how your professors or past supervisors would describe you, you can always guess. Because your answer will be a guess, it’s best to lead the statement with “my best guess is…” or something of that nature. This question is a great opportunity for you to use those individuals as references or offer them up to your interviewer as such.
5. How would your professor or past supervisors describe you?
Although you cannot be absolutely sure about how your professors or past supervisors would describe you, you can always guess. Because your answer will be a guess, it’s best to lead the statement with “my best guess is…” or something of that nature. This question is a great opportunity for you to use those individuals as references or offer them up to your interviewer as such.

6. Describe your research experience.

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6. Describe your research experience.
Having interest in new topics and dedicating time and effort into researching to study such things reflects well on your drive as a potential employee. School has most likely provided you with ample opportunities to pursue research in a topic of your choice, so speak intelligently and enthusiastically about an example from one of these experiences. What did your process look like, and what did you learn from your experience? Think about those questions as you give your reply.
6. Describe your research experience.
Having interest in new topics and dedicating time and effort into researching to study such things reflects well on your drive as a potential employee. School has most likely provided you with ample opportunities to pursue research in a topic of your choice, so speak intelligently and enthusiastically about an example from one of these experiences. What did your process look like, and what did you learn from your experience? Think about those questions as you give your reply.

7. What has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?

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7. What has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?
This question is rather open-ended, but it is usually best to respond with an inspiring individual unless there was one singular event that altered everything drastically for you. Give a positive example; that person/event should still inspire you today, and a carefully-considered, enthused and passionate answer will likely come naturally.
7. What has had the most impact on your academic or professional interests?
This question is rather open-ended, but it is usually best to respond with an inspiring individual unless there was one singular event that altered everything drastically for you. Give a positive example; that person/event should still inspire you today, and a carefully-considered, enthused and passionate answer will likely come naturally.

8. Did you ever quit a job or a project? Why?

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8. Did you ever quit a job or a project? Why?
When an interviewer poses this question, he/she may be trying to determine what sort of jobs or projects you find disagreeable, and the exact reasons for why you think so. Be honest when replying, and give specific reasons that provide insight into your rationale for backing out of such commitments.
8. Did you ever quit a job or a project? Why?
When an interviewer poses this question, he/she may be trying to determine what sort of jobs or projects you find disagreeable, and the exact reasons for why you think so. Be honest when replying, and give specific reasons that provide insight into your rationale for backing out of such commitments.

9. Did you work while in school?

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9. Did you work while in school?
An interviewer that asks this question could potentially be curious about where your priorities lie, and if you have the ability to multitask and do it well. Answer honestly, and if you did work while in school, explain how you were able to conduct yourself under stress and manage your time effectively while undertaking these two large time commitments.
9. Did you work while in school?
An interviewer that asks this question could potentially be curious about where your priorities lie, and if you have the ability to multitask and do it well. Answer honestly, and if you did work while in school, explain how you were able to conduct yourself under stress and manage your time effectively while undertaking these two large time commitments.

10. To applicants who have already completed their education, what was the most challenging part of your education/work?

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10. To applicants who have already completed their education, what was the most challenging part of your education/work?
Applicants should show that they have encountered challenges, but have been successful in overcoming them—so elaborate on a challenge that shows the process of you taking on such a task but eventually being able to overcome it.
10. To applicants who have already completed their education, what was the most challenging part of your education/work?
Applicants should show that they have encountered challenges, but have been successful in overcoming them—so elaborate on a challenge that shows the process of you taking on such a task but eventually being able to overcome it.

Situational Interview Questions

Quesions to gauge your reactions and adaptability.

1. Give me an example of a time in which you worked under a deadline.

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1. Give me an example of a time in which you worked under a deadline.
An employer may pose this question using the word “deadline,” but what he/she is really trying to discover is if you possess the ability to work under pressure and be prompt. Think of a time where you strongly exhibited this ability, and how the process went. Discuss your difficulties and challenges, as well as your successes.
1. Give me an example of a time in which you worked under a deadline.
An employer may pose this question using the word “deadline,” but what he/she is really trying to discover is if you possess the ability to work under pressure and be prompt. Think of a time where you strongly exhibited this ability, and how the process went. Discuss your difficulties and challenges, as well as your successes.

2. Give me an example of when you worked with a team.

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2. Give me an example of when you worked with a team.
Collaboration and communication skills are invaluable to the productivity and flow of a work environment, so this is a critical example-based question. Employers want to see the potential dynamic between you and your coworkers, and your example will give them an idea of how that interaction will develop. Focus and elaborate on an example that highlights your collaborative skills, your individual role within the greater team, and how you communicated effectively within your team dynamic.
2. Give me an example of when you worked with a team.
Collaboration and communication skills are invaluable to the productivity and flow of a work environment, so this is a critical example-based question. Employers want to see the potential dynamic between you and your coworkers, and your example will give them an idea of how that interaction will develop. Focus and elaborate on an example that highlights your collaborative skills, your individual role within the greater team, and how you communicated effectively within your team dynamic.

3. Give me an example of a time you worked on multiple assignments during one time.

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3. Give me an example of a time you worked on multiple assignments during one time.
The ability to work well on different assignments simultaneously is a respectable skill, and by asking this question, interviewers will be able to determine whether or not you would do well in situations that would require you to do so. Multi-tasking skills will inevitably be beneficial to any intern that is in charge of working with various sectors of the organization/company, so choose an example that showcases your ability to work under such conditions with efficacy and accuracy.
3. Give me an example of a time you worked on multiple assignments during one time.
The ability to work well on different assignments simultaneously is a respectable skill, and by asking this question, interviewers will be able to determine whether or not you would do well in situations that would require you to do so. Multi-tasking skills will inevitably be beneficial to any intern that is in charge of working with various sectors of the organization/company, so choose an example that showcases your ability to work under such conditions with efficacy and accuracy.

4. Provide an example of a time in which you solved a problem for an employer, peer, or customer.

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4. Provide an example of a time in which you solved a problem for an employer, peer, or customer.
Understanding a problem and being able to solve it from a personal viewpoint is different from obtaining information on a problem second-hand. Providing otherwise unthought-of solutions.
4. Provide an example of a time in which you solved a problem for an employer, peer, or customer.
Understanding a problem and being able to solve it from a personal viewpoint is different from obtaining information on a problem second-hand. Providing otherwise unthought-of solutions.

5. Describe a situation where you taught a concept to a peer, co-worker, or other person.

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5. Describe a situation where you taught a concept to a peer, co-worker, or other person.
It is a feat in itself to be an expert in your own field, but the ability to pass that knowledge to others effectively is an even greater one. Employers are interested in seeing whether your knowledge can extend to others, given that you will almost always have to collaborate with others in a typical work environment. Being able to give a specific example in which you were able to successfully teach your skills to others reinforces the idea that you are both extremely knowledgeable and that your contributions will not be confined to what you, as one person, contributes to the organization/company, but will also encompass those of others who have learned from you.
5. Describe a situation where you taught a concept to a peer, co-worker, or other person.
It is a feat in itself to be an expert in your own field, but the ability to pass that knowledge to others effectively is an even greater one. Employers are interested in seeing whether your knowledge can extend to others, given that you will almost always have to collaborate with others in a typical work environment. Being able to give a specific example in which you were able to successfully teach your skills to others reinforces the idea that you are both extremely knowledgeable and that your contributions will not be confined to what you, as one person, contributes to the organization/company, but will also encompass those of others who have learned from you.

6. Describe a time where you disagreed with a supervisor.

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6. Describe a time where you disagreed with a supervisor.
When an employer inquires about a situation in which you were at odds with your supervisor, be honest. He/she may be evaluating how you may approach conflicts with your work superiors in the future, so give an example in which you disagreed, but were still able to calmly communicate and compromise in order to resolve the issue you had with that individual.
6. Describe a time where you disagreed with a supervisor.
When an employer inquires about a situation in which you were at odds with your supervisor, be honest. He/she may be evaluating how you may approach conflicts with your work superiors in the future, so give an example in which you disagreed, but were still able to calmly communicate and compromise in order to resolve the issue you had with that individual.

7. Give me an example of a time you gave a presentation.

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7. Give me an example of a time you gave a presentation.
Presentations are a common occurrence in a working environment, and you may even have to conduct one during your time as an intern. If you have presentation skills, and ample experience with the matter, answer with an example that communicates how you utilized those skills, and how you approached the process of giving your presentation.
7. Give me an example of a time you gave a presentation.
Presentations are a common occurrence in a working environment, and you may even have to conduct one during your time as an intern. If you have presentation skills, and ample experience with the matter, answer with an example that communicates how you utilized those skills, and how you approached the process of giving your presentation.

8. Describe a situation in which someone critiqued your work.

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8. Describe a situation in which someone critiqued your work.
If you have had formal critiques for your work, either through a workplace or an academic environment, those experiences will certainly help you when formulating a response for this question. Think about how you reacted to such critique, and what actions you took after receiving feedback. How did that critique change your approach and/or your project? Evaluate your answers to those questions as you create a response.
8. Describe a situation in which someone critiqued your work.
If you have had formal critiques for your work, either through a workplace or an academic environment, those experiences will certainly help you when formulating a response for this question. Think about how you reacted to such critique, and what actions you took after receiving feedback. How did that critique change your approach and/or your project? Evaluate your answers to those questions as you create a response.

9. Give me a time where you worked under minimal supervision.

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9. Give me a time where you worked under minimal supervision.
While it is a respectable skill to be able to work well under supervision, it is even more admirable when an intern is able to demonstrate their self-discipline and self-sufficiency in a workplace, especially when his/her supervisor is unavailable to dictate what they should work on. Be sure to give your interviewer an example in which you demonstrated these traits, and were successful in accomplishing your main task.
9. Give me a time where you worked under minimal supervision.
While it is a respectable skill to be able to work well under supervision, it is even more admirable when an intern is able to demonstrate their self-discipline and self-sufficiency in a workplace, especially when his/her supervisor is unavailable to dictate what they should work on. Be sure to give your interviewer an example in which you demonstrated these traits, and were successful in accomplishing your main task.

10. Give an example of a creative piece of work.

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10. Give an example of a creative piece of work.
If you have a portfolio of your creative work, now's the time to show it. Select a piece that you are particularly proud of, and be prepared to discuss its creation. Simply showing your work is typically not a sufficient response to this question—the emphasis is on your ability to explain the process and methodology that went into creating your piece.
10. Give an example of a creative piece of work.
If you have a portfolio of your creative work, now's the time to show it. Select a piece that you are particularly proud of, and be prepared to discuss its creation. Simply showing your work is typically not a sufficient response to this question—the emphasis is on your ability to explain the process and methodology that went into creating your piece.

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