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your interview

The internship /Traineeships interview is both an opportunity to highlight your suitability for the internship job and an opportunity for you to assess if there is a good fit between the internship and your career and learning goals.
These knowledge requirements will vary depending on the employer and the type of internship job you are looking at.  
However you can expect internship interview questions such as :

"Which of your courses or activities has helped prepare you for this internship?
"What is your dissertation about and how did you decide on the topic."

"What factors did you consider when choosing your major?"

"Why did you choose the extracurricular activities you did?"


Candidates generally lack professional experiences so internship interviewquestions will focus on the desired competencies or behaviors for the position rather than task related questions.   Based on the premise that your past performance is the best predictor of your future performance, you will be asked competency-based (behavioral) questions that require you to provide specific examples of when you have previously demonstrated that competency.
You should reflect on your past experiences, select appropriate examples and plan your answers using the following structure:  
  • Describe the specific situation you were involved in
  • Detail the action and steps you took in the situation
  • Outline the results and outcome of your actions. What happened, what was accomplished, what did you learn?
Read through the sample internship interview questions that explore the essential competencies required in an internship job.
Use the answer guidelines to prepare your own excellent responses.

Initiative "Give me an example of when you have done more than required in a course." "Describe a time you have had to overcome a major obstacle." "Tell me about a time that you improved on an established way of doing something."
Answer Guidelines : Describe your ability to be proactive, take imaginative steps to overcome obstacles, generate new ideas, take advantage of opportunities and do more than required. If you have no work experience to draw on, refer to your course, your school activities and your extracurricular and sports participation to find examples. Make sure the example relates to the competency.
Problem analysis and Problem-solving "Tell me about a situation where you had to do research and analyze the results for a complex assignment." "What types of information did you use to choose your school, how did you evaluate it?" "Describe a tough academic decision you had to make, how did you go about this?" "Describe a situation where your initial approach failed and you had to try something different to meet your result."
Answer Guidelines: Show your ability to gather relevant information and identify issues or problems. Describe how you organized the information, compared data from different sources, considered alternatives and identified the most appropriate course of action taking into consideration your resources and any constraints.    
  Planning and Organizing "Tell me about a time you had a particularly heavy course load, how did you manage your time?" "Describe how you have balanced your academic work with your extracurricular activities." "What objectives have you set for this year, what steps have you taken to ensure that you are on track?"
Answer Guidelines : Show your ability to plan ahead, determine priorities, establish schedules and manage deadlines. Describe how you have effectively managed competing priorities, multi-tasked and achieved the necessary outcomes.

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