Interview

Interviews will be conducted at your school site from March 25th to April 5th (the week of April 15th for Andrada). Mrs. Wahl will email you by Friday, March 8th (Wednesday, April 10th for Andrada) to let you know the date and time of your interview.

Here is the rubric that Mrs. Wahl and the panel will use to evaluate your interview performance. Ask a family member or teacher to interview you using the questions below and score you on this rubric. Then, you’ll know where to focus your efforts as you continue to prepare for the internship interview. Just like preparing for an exam, it’s better to break your interview prep into smaller chunks over the course of multiple days. The more prepared you are, the easier it is to push past your nerves and deliver a solid interview performance.

Below are common interview questions; as well as few specific to the Vail Internship Program. As an emerging professional you should draft, rehearse out loud, and revise your answers to each of these questions.

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.
  2. What do you think an internship is? How is it different from SEP?
  3. Do you have an coursework or experience that relates to the field(s) you hope to intern in?
  4. Is there a particular place/company you’d prefer to have your internship?
  5. What are your greatest professional strengths? Weaknesses?
  6. Where do you see yourself in five years? What steps are you taking to get there?
  7. What are three words that best describe you? Why?
  8. Describe the characteristics of a supervisor (or teacher) you enjoyed working under. And one you didn’t enjoy working under.
  9. Tell me about a time when you were a member of a team and someone wasn’t supporting the team. Be specific. What did you do? What were the results?
  10. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond on a project or assignment? Be specific.
  11. What has been your most rewarding accomplishment?
  12. Why do you want to be an intern? What tasks do you imagine yourself doing on a daily basis as an intern?
  13. In the event that we can’t place you in your exact career field, how could you benefit from being placed in a similar career field? For example, if you’re interested in neurosurgery and we find a placement with a nurse in the cardiovascular wing. How would you benefit or would you benefit from that alternate placement?
  14. Do you have any questions for me?

Use the links below to read about the best ways to answer these and other common interview questions.

Time

Forbes

US News