Questions you should ask at the end of your intern interview

Thomas Rafferty

Questions you should ask at the end of your intern interview 

There are countless kinds of interviewing styles. Some are intensive and pressurised, others are relaxed, and are more like casual conversations. However, one thing common to almost all interviews is the opportunity to ask some questions of your own. Here are some tips for coming up with interesting questions that will leave a lasting impression on your interviewers.

1. Get the basics right

Although you might feel pressured to ask something profound to your interviewer, don’t be afraid to seek clarification on something more basic to begin with. Maybe you’re unsure about the length of the programme, or what exactly your day-to-day work will look like. Asking these kinds of questions will help you to get a clearer picture of the job in your mind.

2. Think outside the box

Once your basic doubts have been clarified, try to think of a question that will actually make your interviewer think. Chances are, they’ve fielded a thousand of the same query over the course of the selection process, so hitting them with something new will make a real impression. If your question really makes them think, they’ll have it – and you – stuck in their mind for the rest of the day.

3. Ask their opinion

Don’t be afraid to get a little personal. Ask your interviewer their opinion on an issue raised in the interview, or their view on some aspect of the industry they are involved in. They will appreciate that you are curious about their viewpoint, and if you mention a topical subject it’s likely they will already have an opinion they’re willing to share. Interviewers are looking for candidates who are eager to learn and be mentored, and by asking their opinion you demonstrate that you are genuinely inquisitive about the role you’re applying for.

Extra tip: Listen to their answer!

After putting so much thought into your question, make sure you show the interviewer you listen to their answer! If you sit back and look uninterested, they will remember your reaction rather than your question. Instead, try to engage with positive body language and some follow-up questions.

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