Interview questions for students are typically geared a little differently than other questions asked at job interviews. Given that many students have little to no work experiences to pool from, the employer has to come up with questions that allow them to get a feel for what the student’s capabilities truly are. Read up on six types of interview questions for students and how to best answer them.
1. Questions for behavioral issues
Questions on behavioral issues always revolve around work related issues. If the student has no prior work experience, then it can be phrased slightly differently. The basic line of questioning, though, will be relatively simple. A few examples of this include:
“Do you recall a time when you had to work in a group with other students, and had a tight deadline?”
Students should reply with an answer that covers how they overcame some situation that was hard and how they worked well with their fellow students.
“Would you say that you get along well with your fellow students when working on a group project?”
The answer to this must always be yes, with some small story to elaborate the issue. This is a question that the student should be prepared to answer in advance. This is the STAR method for interviewing. It’s usually the best way to respond to specific questions like this.
Note that these answers can be adapted for each student. Some students naturally have more experience than others in a variety of different things. For example, some students have volunteer experiences they can talk about, while others are more involved with extracurricular activities.
Illustrate the things that make you stand out from the other candidates during your job interview, but make sure to be careful how you do it. Individuals typically get carried away on subjects about themselves and tend to not answer the questions they are asked.
Few students can pick up on a commonality between the employer and themselves and use that as a way to connect. Either way, it is a touchy area that should be treated carefully.
2. Questions for situations
The student will be asked questions to see how they would react to situations on the spot. Make sure your answer is in the same manner as the last by catering it to the job in which you are applying too. The little details in your answer are very important and should always be noted in side comments.
This is where many students can assure their ability in getting the job. If handled properly, an emotional connection will be sensed with the employer interviewing them, ultimately helping you land the job.
“How would you handle a situation while under pressure from your boss?”
Students should reply with something regarding their ability to multi-task, while under pressure. It is best to use personal experience to create a more authentic response.
3. Questions about the Student
This is the part of the interview where you as a student can really shine as a candidate. Make sure to discuss the aspects of your life that matches the position you’re trying to ascertain. Little aspects of a person can really make or break the emotional connection with the employer interviewing them and are crucial in helping you ace the interview. Here is an example:
“Tell me a little bit about yourself.”
Students should talk about school, hobbies, and volunteering. This is where you as a student can really impress the interviewer. Mentioning both your strengths and weaknesses are also viable options when speaking about oneself. (Honesty always scores bonus points on the interview).
4. Questions about the company
Students are normally asked a line questions about what they think of the company and how they would make a good fit. Most employers who conduct the interview ask if the student has any questions about the company. It is very important for students to have some questions ready for this part of the interview. Check out this example.
“Tell me about what you know of the company.”
Students should have conducted research on the given company and have a prepared answer for this. Be ready to elaborate and express all of the information you know on the company. The more you know, the more it shows the employer how important this interview is to you.
5. Ethical questions
Some companies have a very lengthy section designed to test a person’s ethics. If the job requires the student to handle money, then this is a section of questions that should be expected.
The questions asked usually center around how the student would handle situations when nobody else is around. The rule for this one is: “Ethical behavior is doing what is right, even when nobody is looking.”
It is important to check online sites that review the company interview process to get tips on these tricky questions. This question could be phrased in a variety of different ways, but the basic type question looks like this:
“If you saw somebody steal something, even something small, what would you do?”
The student should try to intervene, if possible. At the very least, the student should state something to the affect The least you should do is speak to the manager on duty and tell them about what happened.
It is extremely important to prepare ahead of time. If you are not prepared, then you could find yourself silent throughout the interview with awkward responses here and there. So, do yourself a favor and learn everything you can about the company and do the research needed to help you get that job!
Remember: It is important to note that smiling throughout the interview to show the employer you’re interested, engaged, and happy to be there.