List of questions for Interviewing an Intern
Congratulations! You’ve posted your job description and developed your talent pool.
The interview process is your next step.
Before reviewing candidates and extending interview offers, be sure to determine who will be present for them. This can include human resources individuals, direct supervisors, organizational leadership, or key stakeholders. Additionally, be sure to provide application materials to each participant so that they can individually review the candidates before the group meets to determine who should move forward in the interview process.
The first step to scheduling interviews is to decide which candidates best fit the preferences and qualifications set forward in the job description and therefore should be extended an invitation to interview. As many candidates will have varying backgrounds and traditional work experience, it is important to consider a more flexible set of interview questions outside of those conventionally used to assess individuals for full-time positions. It is also recommended that interviewers allow an opportunity for candidates to address relevant nonwork, educational or military experiences that may not be included on their resume.
When preparing for the interview itself, create a list of thoughtful, relevant questions for the interviewee to answer and review these questions with the interview team. This is also a great time to review appropriate and inappropriate questions with your team to be sure that safe hiring practices are followed. Examples of appropriate interview questions can be found below.
Sample Interview Questions
1. Tell me a little bit about yourself.
2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
3. What accomplishments are you most proud of?
4. Do you work better under pressure or with time to plan and organize?
5. Why are you interested in this internship?
6. Why should we consider you for this internship?
7. What do you know about this industry/company?
8. How would your faculty/friends/co-workers describe you?
9. What three words would you choose to best describe yourself?
10. Why did you choose your major/program?
11. Give an example of how you’ve dealt with a conflict with another person.
12. Describe a situation where your judgment proved to be an invaluable contribution to a team.
13. How do you handle meeting tight deadlines?
14. Give an example of how you set goals and achieve them.
15. How will this internship prepare you for your future career goals?
16. What are your plans following graduation?
17. What are your long-term and short-term goals?
18. What were your reasons for selecting your college or university?
19. Which college classes or subjects do you like best? Why?
20. How will the academic program and coursework you’ve taken benefit your career?
21. Give an example of how you applied knowledge from previous coursework to a project in another class.
22. What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?
23. What have you learned from your experiences outside the classroom or workplace?
24. At what point did you choose this career path?
25. Tell us about a time when you experienced a problem or obstacle that had no clear solution. What did you do, and what were the results?
26. During your experiences while attending college, tell me about a time when you demonstrated that you have leadership ability and skill.
27. What are the three most important values you demonstrate as a leader?
28. What type of people do you work best with?
29. Give an example of a situation when you had to compromise your own goals/objectives for the sake of the team.
After you’ve completed your interviews and you’re ready to make a decision, you can begin extending the job offer. Consider confirming your new hire prior to informing other candidates that they were not selected.
It’s up to your preference whether you extend offers or rejections by phone, email, or mail. You may even use a combination, such as offers by phone but rejections by email.
Ready to get started? Our free Employer Guide has examples of offer and rejection letters to help you move forward. Contact Taylor Davis at the Wichita Falls Chamber if you have any questions.