Internships form the building blocks of our careers.
Any internship serves as the first real-time corporate experience for a student that helps him/her grow professionally through the internship.
For potential employers, an internship is often a determining factor for recruitment.
So, if you want to land up at your dream company for your dream internship, you have to be prepared to answer the most asked question that determines if you get selected or not…
“Why should you be hired for this internship?”
or “Why should you be hired?”
or “Why should we hire you for this internship?”
These questions are one and the same, and a lot rides on them. If you answer this correctly, your chances of getting the internship increase drastically… But if you fail to answer, then you might as well start applying for other internships.
Although this question might seem easy to answer, when you actually think about it… It’s highly unlikely that you have a well thought out answer.
Structure your answer beforehand to have a competitive advantage over other candidates.
Here we’ve tried to curate the 3 best possible answers to ‘Why should you be hired for this internship?’ question. Remember, the answers given below are generic and can be customized to match your personal style.
Answer Example #1
Since I am new to the industry, I am still constantly learning something new everyday.
However, I can vouch for the fact that I am a fast learner who is adaptable and. I am always open to learning new things. I have an open mind and in learning new perspectives can change my perspective in something I learned in the past. It is important to let go of outdated practices and the idea of moving onto a more advanced approach is appealing to me.
I’m sure that I can bring new & fresh ideas to the table if given the opportunity to do so. I assure you that everyday I’ll strive to be a better intern. This is why I should be hired for this internship.
Answer Example #2
I think I am the best fit for this internship since I am an excellent multitasker. During my years in college/university, I’d not only spend my time in academics, but I also made it a point to learn things outside the stipulated syllabus, as you can see in my Resume.
I truly enjoy learning and becoming a better version of myself everyday. I live by this rule that I need to improve at least 1% everyday. This allows me to constantly keep learning and pushing myself to achieve more.
Since I had to fit so many things on my plate simultaneously to satiate my urge for learning, I have learned the art of time management. And I can say confidently, that no matter what task I’m handed, I’ll always deliver in time without compromising on the quality of my work.
Answer Example #3
I’ve always dreamed of working for your company, and I believe working as an intern would not only serve as the first step of fulfilling this dream but also assist in expanding my scope of knowledge about the company through practical work.
Moreover, I’ve been preparing well to be a part of the company ultimately through my course structure, additional work seminars and have also grown my professional skills for the job role via XYZ certificate course from ABC company.
If selected, I assure you that everyday I’ll be striving to take on more responsibilities as an intern and delivering on those.
This is why I think you should hire me for this internship.
Answer Example #4
The way you do 1 thing is the way you do everything. That’s something that my father told me at a very young age, and I’ve always kept that in my mind. I always strive to give my 100% in anything that I am involved in, be it a coursework, project work, freelance project or a task as simple as washing dishes!
I think I’ll be efficient for this job because I got enrolled into a related course last week, on a part-time arrangement. When I am focussed on a task, nothing can distract me. Some of my friends say that I am a perfectionist and it bugs them a lot, but I can’t help it!
It is a part of my nature. Besides this, I am honest and straightforward. Whenever I have an issue with my task, I don’t hesitate to seek help from someone who knows about it. All these traits make me a good candidate for this internship.
Answer Example #5
I want to do this internship to assess my own inherent abilities and potential. I am presently in the final year of my college degree and have gained a lot of academic knowledge about this domain. However, I feel the need to know how much is actually relevant from a practical perspective today.
Joining your company will enable me to discover this and help me to make the required course corrections before I begin my professional career.
I believe that your company is the right place for me to experience the practical aspects of working in this industry and also gain useful new insights into it. This is why I think you should hire me for this internship.
Here are some more points that you can add to your answer:
- Always tell them completely about your experience.
- Boost your creative skills and ability.
- You should like the company in which you are going for an interview and worship the company.
- Tell them how you can be beneficial to the company in the future if selected.
- Tell them about a brief of your past work.
- Discuss your skills and endeavors and how you are the better option for this internship.
- Make sure that you present yourself properly and in a natural way.
- Tell your educational qualifications.
- Tell about your awards if you received them in any domain.
- Tell about the unique and different qualities in you as compared to others.
Well, these are just a few examples to help show you how you should carefully frame your answer to the dreaded question, “Why should you be hired for this internship?”
Remember, there’s no “correct” way to crack an interview.
The trick is to remember that the employer wants to hire you too. If you’re competent enough & fit their company culture then they have no reason not to hire you.
Know what the employer is looking for and structure your answers in such a way that you put your best foot forward.