1) Tell me about yourself
Speak about your previous experience (if any), previous projects that you worked on at Uni that are related to the internship you are applying for and why you chose this career.
2) Why do you want to apply for this position/to work with us?
Researching the company is essential to answer this question. Talk about what you like about the tasks, the position, the company: its values, goals, area, reputation. Regarding an internship, speak about what skills and knowledge you would like to learn from this experience.
3) How would you describe yourself? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Give examples.
Generally, talk about strengths that satisfy the selection criteria and allude to weaknesses irrelevant to the role.
4) Where do you see yourself in the future?
Speak about your aspirations. Do not be too pretentious when aiming for a very high position but show that you are willing to learn and work to achieve your goals.
5) What are your achievements?
Use the selection criteria and internship requirements to identify which of your achievements called for skills the interviewer is interested in.
For instance if it is a internship vacancy in events management, talk about your experience in your school association, organising events for students.
6) Why should we hire you?
Tell the interviewer about all your skills, knowledge, qualities, personality and past experiences that enhance your ability to do the internship.
7) Do you prefer teamwork or individual work?
Be honest. When do you feel better ? Use examples of your past experiences to illustrate what you say. You can feel good in both situations. Of course, if the internship position requires teamwork, it is better if you are a good team player. If you are not, explain how you work on it to improve this.
8) What are your salary expectations?
Have a look on the internet to see what you can expect. Regarding internships, you can ask for an allowance but keep in mind that they are generally unpaid.
9) Do you have any questions about our company or the position?
This is the moment to ask your questions about the company and work. Keep in mind that the interview is not just for the interviewer to see if you fit the company but also the opportunity to see if the company and work would be suitable for you. Moreover, asking questions shows to the interviewer that you are interested.
10) How would you handle (a particular difficulty) in the position you are applying for ?
Depending on the internship, tasks, difficulties, and internship requirements, answer by using your skills and experiences to deal with it.
Article by Alizee Bonnet, Nouméa Business School