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Intern Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Intern interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?

How to Answer

The interviewer wants to hear about something you are proud of. If you have an accomplishment related to the job or the company, this would be a great example to share. In your response, be sure to mention how it relates to the position or how it has prepared you for it.

If you don't have a work-related accomplishment, that is ok too. Share the details of your accomplishment but more importantly, share why it made you proud. Perhaps it allowed you to put new skills to test, or you overcame something challenging. Or maybe your accomplishment had a special meaning to you. Whatever your reason, be sure to express it to the interviewer.

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30 Intern Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to hear about something you are proud of. If you have an accomplishment related to the job or the company, this would be a great example to share. In your response, be sure to mention how it relates to the position or how it has prepared you for it.

      If you don't have a work-related accomplishment, that is ok too. Share the details of your accomplishment but more importantly, share why it made you proud. Perhaps it allowed you to put new skills to test, or you overcame something challenging. Or maybe your accomplishment had a special meaning to you. Whatever your reason, be sure to express it to the interviewer.

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      1st Answer Example

      "My greatest accomplishment so far has been getting into the college of my dreams. I knew it was a hard school to get into so I worked really hard in high school to maintain a high GPA and also participated in activities that would prepare me for a future career. It was stressful at times, but I was so proud when I received my acceptance letter."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "My greatest accomplishment so far has been my promotion to assistant manager at the retail store I previously worked at. I started off as a sales clerk but learned the job quickly and worked extra hours whenever I could. I became the youngest member of the management team."

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  • Accomplishment

    2. Describe a project you worked on that had significant impact.

      How to Answer

      Think back to a school or work-related project that had a significant impact. Perhaps the outcome of the project led to changes in the organization or a new way of doing things. Or, maybe you worked on a project to support a community initiative to help those in need. Describe the project, your contribution, and the impact. Your response will help the interviewer see your ability to work with others and contribute to a significant purpose.

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      1st Answer Example

      "In one of my business classes I worked on a project for a delivering company which aimed to improve their delivery times. The ultimate goal was to bolster the reputation of their customer service. As part of the project, we looked at the factors that were affecting their delivery times such as traffic, long breaks, and too many deliveries on a route. Ultimately we were able to help this company address the areas of concern, and improve their delivery times."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I think it is important for everyone to give back to the community when they can, so I always look for community service activities. I have participated in clothing and food drives, cleaning up the neighborhood, and hosted free activities for children. I believe all of these efforts have significant impact on our community."

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  • Ask The Interviewer

    3. Do you have any questions for me?

      How to Answer

      You should always have questions prepared to ask the interviewer. Before your interview, do some research on the company and write down any questions that you'd like to ask. This is a good opportunity for you to learn about the internship, the company, the team, or anything else you'd like to know.

      This shows that you are interested in the position and fully engaged in the interview process.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Yes. Can you tell me about the other team members I will be working with? What are their roles? Also, will there be an opportunity for me to be exposed to other areas in the organization? I'm willing to help out wherever I can."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "What do you love most about this company? Also, what skills or experience can I offer that would lighten the load during my internship?"

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  • Behavioral

    4. How do you respond to negative feedback?

      How to Answer

      Whether it is a permanent role or internship, you will receive feedback on the job formally or informally. The interviewer wants to know how you respond to negative feedback. Be honest in your answer, but demonstrate that you can take negative feedback and learn from it. Also, show the interviewer that you can be professional and receptive to feedback that might not feel good to hear, but could lead to your improvement.

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  • Career Goals

    5. How will this internship prepare you for your career goals?

      How to Answer

      Choosing the right internship can be a challenge, but less so when you have your career goals lined up. The interviewer wants to know why you are applying for this particular internship. Your response will allow them to determine if you've done your research about the company and if your career goals align with the internship opportunity. Share how you think the role will strengthen specific skills, give you exposure to other careers or professionals, provide you with on-the-job experience, or allow you to get your foot in the door at your dream company. Whatever your reason is, share it with enthusiasm and hope!

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  • Career Goals

    6. What would make this internship successful for you?

      How to Answer

      Understanding your expectations and goals is important for both you and the interviewer. Don't be afraid to express what you'd like to gain from this experience even if you are unsure if it is possible. Tell the interviewer about your hope to earn a permanent position, experience, exposure, or knowledge if these are the things that would deem the internship successful to you. The interviewer will be able to give you an idea on whether or not your goals are attainable and maybe even advice on how to ensure your internship is successful.

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  • Career Goals

    7. Why do you want to intern here?

      How to Answer

      As you know, an internship helps you build skills and gain experience. But the interviewer wants to know if you are genuinely interested in an internship at this company. Use this opportunity to share the knowledge and experience you hope to take away from your time in this role, but also share why you chose this company. Perhaps they are a leader in the industry or employ the best of the best; share your reason and be sure to mention what skills you will bring to the organization. Your response will help the interviewer align your desires with the opportunities in the organization.

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  • Career Goals

    8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

      How to Answer

      This question is used to determine if you have set any goals for yourself. The interviewer wants to see that you are thinking about the future and how you plan to progress over the next five years. Describe the career goals you have set for yourself and how you plan to achieve them. Some examples might be:

      -Attending graduate school to gain deeper knowledge in your career field
      -Working to move into a management position at this company
      -Developed a strong network of professionals in similar roles

      You can also share your personal goals such as starting a family or buying a house.

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  • Career Goals

    9. Why did you choose your career path?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to learn your motivation and goals for pursuing your career path. This will show what you are passionate about and how you will fit into the organization. Perhaps you chose a field that will allow you to help others, or you chose a career that will allow you to work with numbers or data, or you wanted a career that would allow you to protect people and property. Whatever your reason, share how you decided on your career, the purpose you hope to fulfill, and the impact you hope to make.

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  • Compatibility

    10. What makes you a great candidate?

      How to Answer

      This question offers you the opportunity to go beyond your education and experience to articulate what sets you apart from other candidates. If you can't think of ways that you are unique, ask classmates or teachers what sets you apart from other people. Their observations may help you understand how you are perceived. It is also a good idea to think about the courses you enjoy and excel in. Consider too, the extracurricular activities you pursue. If you've ever been recognized for a particular skill, or have received recognition for making a significant impact on a project, feel free to mention this in your response if it relates to the internship.

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  • Compatibility

    11. How would your classmates or teachers describe you?

      How to Answer

      Before an interviewer or hiring manager decides to bring you onboard, they want to know what type of person you are to see if you are a good fit for the team. Be honest in your response and think about what others might say about you. Try to align your answers with the type of employee they are looking for based on the internship advertisement.

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  • Competency

    12. Describe your approach to learning new skills.

      How to Answer

      Employers are always looking to hire lifelong learners who are open to expanding their skill set, especially during an internship. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you are curious and eager to learn. This will also communicate your excitement about being selected for an internship at this company.

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  • COmpetency

    13. What skills can you offer our company?

      How to Answer

      This question is a good example of why it is crucial for you to review the job description in detail before your interview, even for an internship. Think about the areas you excel in or jobs you've had. In your response to the interviewer, share your strongest skills and how you will use them in this organization.

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  • Diligence

    14. What do you know about our company?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you have put some effort into learning about their company. You can find this information online through their website or by doing a Google search. Discuss with the interviewer what you discovered during your search. It is okay to ask the interviewer for more information about the company as well.

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  • Direct

    15. How would you rate your time management skills?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about your ability to manage your time and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about how you manage your projects and daily tasks and how this will help you succeed in your internship. You can also give a numerical rating on a scale of 1 - 10 to describe your skill level.

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  • Discovery

    16. Tell us about your extracurricular involvement or how you spend your spare time.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how you spend your time outside of work because they are trying to get a sense of you outside of your professional life. Part of the intention of this question is to see your potential compatibility with the current team. So be honest and show your passions. But still keep your answer succinct.

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  • Discovery

    17. Tell me about yourself.

      How to Answer

      When an interviewer asks an open-ended question like this, it can be difficult to know where to begin...and end! This question haunts many individuals who may accidentally go a little too in-depth into their personal lives. It happens. Keep your reply light, and work relevant. Share how you became interested in your career path and why you are looking forward to this internship. This question is an excellent opportunity to describe yourself by discussing the strengths and qualities you bring that align with the company's needs.

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  • Discovery

    18. What is your definition of hard work?

      How to Answer

      This may seem like a trick question since there is no specific answer. The interviewer wants to know that you will be a productive member of the team, and not someone failing to pull their weight. Some keywords you might mention in your response can include:

      -Sacrifice
      -Dedication
      -Teamwork
      -Results-driven
      -Focus

      Your response will tell the interviewer if you are a good fit.

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  • Discovery

    19. What are you passionate about?

      How to Answer

      You probably have many passions. The interviewer is trying to gauge your connectivity to this work, as well as get a sense of your strengths. It is always a good idea to provide a response that aligns with the job requirements or company culture so make sure you take some time to learn about the company. If you are unsure about how to answer this question, here are some examples:

      -Helping others
      -Solving problems
      -Healthy living
      -Family and friends
      -Art
      -Traveling
      -Becoming a leader


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  • Education

    20. What is one area that you would love to learn more about professionally or personally?

      How to Answer

      As you are pursuing your degree, you have probably discovered other areas that you would love to learn about as well. Share your thoughts in full detail; your response to this question allows the interviewer to align your desires with opportunities within the company. If you are unsure what other areas you might want to learn about, you can also mention soft skills such as:

      -Leadership skills
      -Communication
      -Conflict resolution
      -Planning

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  • Education

    21. What are your strongest subjects?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know where your strengths lie so they can make the connection between your learning and your potential work performance. Before responding, think about the qualities and requirements mentioned in the job announcement for this internship. Be honest in your response, but share your strengths in the subjects closely related to the job. If you excel in math or finance courses, share how your financial strengths can be beneficial to the organization.

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  • Experience

    22. Do you have any volunteer or community service experience?

      How to Answer

      Many companies take pride in giving back to the communities they serve. You may even notice articles and photos on the company's website that show their presence in the community. The interviewer wants to know if you have experience volunteering as well. The good thing about volunteering is that you not only help those in need, but you can use your experience on your resume to demonstrate your skills. Express your passion for serving the community and also mention any skills you've acquired by doing so.

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  • Job Satisfaction

    23. What excites you the most about this internship?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you are excited about an internship with the company. Of course you will be building your skills and gaining exposure to the workforce, but share the things that excite you most about the opportunity. Perhaps this is your first job, or maybe it is the networking opportunities, working with experts, or the desire for permanent employment. Share your response with enthusiasm.

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  • Leadership

    24. Describe a time where you demonstrated your leadership skills.

      How to Answer

      In this question, the interviewer is looking to hear about a specific example that demonstrates your solid leadership skills. Before the interview, think about previous experiences where you did more than what was expected of you to contribute to the overall success of a project. If you can tie this example back to the leadership qualities you'll bring to the internship, the interviewer will surely be impressed.

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  • Leadership

    25. Who is someone you consider a great leader or mentor?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know who has had a positive impact on your life or someone you hold in high regard. While your response can pertain to your personal or professional life, it is a good idea to keep it professional and mention someone who has had a positive influence on your career path or education.

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  • Performance Based

    26. What is your greatest weakness?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know the areas you struggle with, but they also want to hear how you manage that struggle. This can be school or work-related. You can be candid in your answer, recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. However, pick weaknesses that are not core skills for this position. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

      Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest and greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. Identify your weakness and the action taken for improvement. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

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  • Problem Solving

    27. Describe a difficult decision you've had to make and the outcome.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if you are someone who can make difficult decisions on the job. Describe a situation where you've had to make a tough decision. Share your thought process, feelings, and the outcome.

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  • Problem Solving

    28. How do you handle problems that might arise?

      How to Answer

      There may be times when problems might arise on the job for any given reason that might affect your ability to perform or require your full attention. The interviewer wants to know about your problem-solving skills and that you will not become overwhelmed if/when problems occur. When problems arise, stress does too. Explain how you react during these times and how you maintain your stress level.

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  • Stress

    29. Tell me about your ability to work under pressure and handle stressful situations.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know if you are someone who can handle stress on the job. Explain how you manage stress and your ability to control pressure in the workplace.

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  • Teamwork

    30. Do you prefer working with a team or alone?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know what workplace setting allows you to be the happiest and most productive. Talk to the interviewer about your preference when it comes to teamwork or working individually. Be sure to avoid pigeonholing yourself into one particular scenario (IE: I only like to work by myself).

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