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What questions to expect in the internship program. No one really knows what questions may be asked during an interview being that there is no definitive or standard guide to go by. That being said, the following are just some examples of what could be asked based on our research. We feel that you should be comfortable with these questions and answers in addition to following the advice in our General Advice page. Please continue to read below and practice, practice, practice!

Why do you want to work for this company? When being in an internship program, you want to be ready for a variety of different companies that you may be applying to.  You want to know everything about the company that you are applying for and taking that opportunity seriously. Your interviewer is going to be looking at if you have prepared and have a solid knowledge of the company. You should have reasonable excitement and interject some of your own ideas in how this internship would be beneficial to the company and yourself. Try to be specific when you answer. Remember you are talking to someone that does this on a regular basis. They know have heard just about everything. Think of things that will make you stand out from the person before or after you but remember to be honesty. Do not over exaggerate.

Please describe your strengths and/or weaknesses. With any internship program this request can be sort of tricky so be careful. When you talk about your strengths you need to be prepared to back up your comments. Tell the truth and be positive in your answers. Were sure you list of strengths will be impressive. If you decide to mention a weakness, make sure it does not have anything to do with the job you’re looking for. Tell what you learned from the experience and how it makes you a better person. Preferably you had this weakness earlier in your career. If you can’t think of a weakness talk about an issue that everyone knows is a challenge.

Describe a “scenario” where you.... You will run into this question at some point during your interview. Typically, this type of question is meant to access how you perform under pressure and how you dealt with it. Think for a moment before you answer this question as it is important that the scenario relates to the question. It would be a good idea to run a few test conversations like this with a friend or colleague.  Always remember to end you scenario on a positive note.

Welcome! Tell me a little about yourself... This is another opening question. This is difficult to answer as it is not specific. The best way to handle this is to be brief. Talk about your education, experience and perhaps some key skills you possess. Be confident and to the point. The main reason to not elaborate on this is the your interviewer most likely just wants to know can you do this job function, are you friendly, and will you be productive in the workplace. Highlight the points and qualities you possess that make you stand apart from the rest of the group.

What do you consider your most significant accomplishment? Think of the top ten things you have accomplished in your life and the more that are applicable to your job the better. Pick three from this list in order to elaborate on. Keep it focused and simple and by all means do not ramble on. 2-3 minutes maximum is sufficient.

How have you handled stressful and/or difficult situations in the past?  The intent of this question is to see if you can handle situations. Use common sense and remember the key words “reasonable and patience”. Give an example that is relevant and show how well you can deal with events like this in the future.

Our company has to deal with some issue or problem on a regular basis. How would you handle this situation? Remember reasonable and patience. Do not try to offer the perfect solution. Try to concentrate on the process of obtaining the solution. You will need to know the details in order to offer a solution. Being that this is an interview your information is limited so don’t just throw out something. Fact is its moist likely already been tried. If you r wrong you will not look good. Concentrate on the objective and the process.

So what makes you think you are qualified for this position? Don’t react to his question negatively. It’s how you answer this question that counts. Pick a few key points which you practiced and thought about earlier and apply them to the job you’re trying to get. This is your opportunity to prove your qualities and positive attributes.

Where do you see yourself in five years? You need to have realistic goals in life and in work. It takes time to build relationships and prove to your superiors that you can do the job with expertise and conviction. Always remember to show how this potential job will get you to that point. Be careful not to give the interviewer the impression that you are not in this for the long haul.

Why should we hire you for this position? In a positive tone, summarize your skill and how they could be used in this new position. This is your opportunity to show how you are better qualified than the others before or after you.

Is there anything you would like to know about the company?" This question is often the last one asked. Have a few questions prepared regarding the position and the potential for growth. Having researched vacation time, pay, and other benefits with HR, the recruiter, and colleagues in the industry, leave questions about vacation time and pay raises at home. You want to get offered the job before you get into specifics. Also refrain from asking questions that can easily be answered through research, such as on the employer's Website.

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