January 27, 2016

Questions to ask at an internship interview

Anytime you have an interview you should come prepared with questions to ask. Not only is it expected,  but asking smart questions gives you a chance to demonstrate your skills and enthusiasm and learn more about the job. 

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What are your goals for this internship?


To get the most out an internship, you need a boss that's willing to be a mentor and take the time to teach you and give you opportunities to learn new things. This question will help you figure out whether your potential manager sees this as purely a way to hand off the work they don't want to do or they're actually interested in helping you succeed.

What might a typical day be like?
This will help you learn what you will be working on a daily basis and get a sense of the office culture and if that fits with what you're looking for.

How would you define a successful intern?
This is somewhat similar to the goals question but this will help you learn about their expectations for you and what skills you need to succeed. It also gives you a chance to speak to those skills. 

What classes would you recommend taking in college based on your experience in this field?
This question is only for current college students applying for an internship, but it's a fantastic question to ask. The person interviewing you is likely someone who is in the exact position you hope to be in after you graduate so take advantage of the opportunity to learn from their experience and get some advice on how to get the most out of your college experience. It shows you are thinking strategically about the future and are excited and willing to learn and, even if you don't score the internship, you have some insight on what you can do to learn more and keep growing. A similar question you could ask is what books would you recommend reading?

What you questions do you like to ask at an interview? Let us know in the comments. 


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