2019 Internship interview Questions and Answers

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Hi, most of you have been applying for Internships and Trainee programs, while some of you have already been  invited for internship interviews and HSE assessment. But how many of us are already thinking and planning ahead for the interview questions that will follow soon? Hence, we deemed it necessary to bring you up to speed by carefully designing this article(2019 Internship Interview Tips and common Internship Interview Questions and answers you need to know) early enough to serve as a guide towards your preparing for your 2019 Internship Interviews ahead.

Internship Interview Tips you need to know
Internship interview Tips you need to know

It can actually be challenging when you haven’t had experience of internship interviews before, but putting your best foot forward during the interview is a critical step towards landing a great job during high school, and a valuable skill to develop for the future. Here are some tips to help you  take advantage of any internship interview screening questions.


Common Internship interview questions and answers for :

Common Internship interview question and answers
Common Internship interview question


 Question: How do you plan to make an impact during your internship?


The way candidates answer this question reveals whether they possess leadership skills. It’s crucial to understand if your interns have leadership skills because they are a core part of the business.

What to look for in an answer:

  • A broad overview of the impact
  • How the candidate plans to initiate the strategy to create impact
  • Tactics the candidate plans to use

Example: “I plan to identify key areas of opportunities that can enhance the operational process. I’ll map out the necessary resources to achieve operational goals. I’ll also rally a team, delegate tasks, procure resources, identify key performance indicators and create a schedule to make sure that each tactic is being achieved in a timely manner.”

Question 3: What do you expect to gain from this internship and what are your work expectations?


The answer to this question reveals what your candidates expect to get out of this position and what they think the work will involve. This provides insight into whether you can fulfill the interviewee’s expectations so that neither of you wastes time.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Realistic goals
  • Goals the candidate expects to achieve
  • Whether goals align with tasks candidate is expected to accomplish

Example: “My expectations involve being able to learn how to identify business problems, how to choose strategies to address these issues, and how to plan and execute the tactics needed to achieve these goals. By learning this, I can gain real-world experience of what it takes to drive business operations forward.”

Question 4: What are your plans after completing this internship and graduating from school?


The answer to this question demonstrates if your candidate has potential to work for your company long-term. It’s crucial to identify this because you are investing resources in the candidate and can save time hiring candidates who are already trained for the position.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Potential for continued work at the company
  • Application of learned skills
  • Where and how skills will be applied

Example: “After this internship, I plan to complete my final semester in college and apply leadership, project management, communication and technical skills that I’ll gain in my academic, volunteer and extracurricular activities. My plans after graduation include pursuing a career as a business analyst for your company.”

Question 5: Provide an example where you had to take the lead in a group setting to overcome an obstacle.


Based on the candidates’ answers, you can gauge their problem-solving and collaborative skills. It’s important to understand if your interviewees possess problem-solving skills and can work in a team environment.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Results
  • Experience with working in a team environment
  • Thought process and experience for solving issues

Example: “The pet shelter I volunteer at needed to reach new audiences and increase awareness of adoption opportunities. However, funds were limited. I rallied volunteers, identified that the shelter wasn’t using social media or posting frequent blog content, and mapped out a content and social media marketing plan that could be implemented within the budget using free marketing tools and platforms. As a result, awareness and adoptions increased by 10 percent within three months.”

Question 6: What skills do you have that will help you excel at this position and how do you plan to implement them?


The way candidates answer this question determines whether they have the skills to do the job. This is crucial so you can gauge how much training will be required for skills development and decide if the candidate is a good fit for the position.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Technical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills

Example: “I have a variety of skills that I can use on the job, including public speaking, writing, planning, data analysis and leadership skills. I plan to apply my communication and technical skills in this position to lead team projects, research and solve business problems, identify trends and present findings.”

Question 7: What recent industry trends do you think are important to address and why?


The answer to this question helps you gauge the candidate’s research skills. It’s crucial that candidates are aware of what’s going on in the industry so they can make better business decisions, and research skills can help them identify these issues.

What to look for in an answer:

  • Threats and opportunities identified
  • New or innovative concepts
  • Methods of research

Example: “I noticed that live-streaming is picking up as a way to engage audiences in business. Content marketing is a must nowadays for any business to generate leads, and live video content marketing can quickly demonstrate how to use a service or product to engage audiences with exclusive content. I believe this is an innovative opportunity your business can leverage to engage your audiences and generate leads.”

Question 1:  Why did you choose to interview with this company for this position?


The answer to this question reveals the candidate’s motivations for pursuing this internship position. It’s vital to understand what is motivating your applicants so you can determine if they are in for the long haul.

What to look for in an answer:

  • What motivates them to interview for the company
  • What they plan to learn as an intern
  • Growth potential

Example: “I find that your company is innovative and values continuous learning, and my goal is to work in a forward-thinking company. Companies that consistently innovate often lead in their industries and constantly grow. I value continuous learning and want to grow as a prolific business leader with an innovator. I believe your company and this position can help me to achieve this.”

Important Note: You have to Practice answering these questions with a friend or family member so you can speak confidently during your interview. Don’t be intimidated if you don’t have all the qualifications for a job. Express a genuine eagerness to learn the job.

Top 10 Internship Interview Tips you need to know

I am not going to be telling too much stories, rather I’ll be hitting the nail on the head. Below are the Interview Tips you need to know

1.   Early Arriving to the Interview venue: You have to arrive for your Interview about 15 minutes in advance. Make sure you take a trial commute to the interviewing spot if you are unsure of the location or how long it might take to park. Punctuality is a major concern for employers of teens, and late arrival will often kill your chances of landing the job.

2.   Your First Impressions Have a High Impact: Take care with the way you dress and groom yourself to show the employer that you are taking the job seriously. The employer will be especially concerned with your appearance if you are in a customer contact position as a server, store clerk, receptionist or front desk worker.
Wear wrinkle-free clothing and avoid garments with those stylish holes.
For most jobs, business casual will be suitable. That means a nice pair of pants and a collared shirt for guys. Girls can do without the collar but should wear a nice blouse, and can pair it with a skirt of appropriate length if preferred.
Consider the type of organization you are targeting as you prepare your interview attire. Show a fashion flare in line with the orientation of the store if you are going for a job in retail.
Avoid a shaggy look with your hair, and don’t wear excessive cologne, makeup or jewelry. Bring a notepad to jot down questions that may occur to you, points you want to remember to make in your behalf, and the interviewer’s name if you tend to be forgetful.

Remember: The way you dress is the way you will address!

3.   The Receptionist, Secretary or Another Staff Member Who Greets You May Not Be Your Interviewer: However, you can bet that the interviewer will ask about their impressions of you. Sit up straight, look them in the eye, smile and converse respectfully with them. Ask a question or two or make some small talk. Make them want to tell the boss that they like your personality and that you would fit in.

4.   Greet the Interviewer With a Firm but Not Crushing Handshake, a Warm Smile and Look Them in the Eye: Make a mental or physical note of their name and use it during the interview, so you remember it for your follow-up. Always address the interviewer as Mr. or Ms. Employers will be evaluating how you might interact with their staff and customers, who are probably primarily adults. Here’s how to introduce yourself in an interview. Please don’t start doing big guy’s hand shake with your employer oh!

5.   Turn Your Cell Phone off or to Vibrate: You have to avoid all forms of distractions especially that of your phone.Resist the temptation to take a peek at any time before, during or after the meeting, when you are in view of the interviewer. Employers are very concerned about losing productivity among teen employees who are constantly checking their phones.

6.   Exude Energy, Enthusiasm and a Positive Attitude at All Times: Employers want upbeat teen workers who don’t bring any attitudinal baggage to the job. When sitting, avoid slouching and lean slightly forward, like you are eager to hear the next thing that the interviewer has to say.

7.   Take an Inventory of Your Strengths Prior to the Interview: If the employer has advertised the job, look at the description and be prepared to say how you meet as many of the qualifications as possible. Be prepared to describe situations where you have used your assets to get things done. Draw upon academics, school activities, sports and volunteer work for examples, especially if you haven’t held any or many jobs. Lets look at the common questions and answers that may arise.

8.  Be Prepared to Say Why the Job Interests You: You can reference things like the tasks, work environment, what you would learn and the people with whom you would interact. Everything being equal in terms of qualifications, employers will often pick the candidate who seems most interested.

9.   At the End of the Interview, Be Prepared to Ask a Few Questions About the JobFocus on issues like the nature of the work, training, supervision, clientele, and when you might expect to hear from them. Don’t bring up pay. If the job seems like a good fit, look the interviewer in the eye and tell them that you would like to work there.

10.  Effective Follow-Up After Your Interview Can Separate You From the Other Candidates: As soon as you leave the interview, compose a thank you note expressing your gratitude for the interview and stating briefly that you would love to work with them and why you think it’s a good fit. A card is a nice touch if your handwriting is legible, but email is also acceptable. Whichever you choose, send it immediately. It will reinforce your punctuality and ability to get things done, as well as reiterating your interest in the job.


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