The 10 Best Interview Questions to Ask Students

Students don’t have a lot of work experience, so it is a lot harder to assess their abilities and predict future performance than an experienced candidate who has been doing a similar job for several years. We’ve compiled the 10 best interview questions to evaluate students.

  • Why are you interested in this position?

Demonstrates their interest and what they know about the job. Why they want your job versus any job

  • What if my competitor had a similar position open? Why would you want this job, and not to work for them?

Demonstrates the research they did on you and why they are interested in working for your company. If there are similar event planning jobs open at two different department stores, what attracts them to you?

  • Tell me about a time you encountered conflict in the workplace. It could be during a class project or in a part-time job. How did you handle it and what was the outcome?

Demonstrates how they handle conflict/ workplace drama. Do they seem to still carry animosity? Are they able to be self-reflective of what they could have done differently?

  • If you were independently wealthy and didn’t have to work, what would you do with your time?

Demonstrates who they are as a person and where their passions lie.

  • Tell me about a time when you had a disagreement with a boss/ coach/ teacher. How did you handle it?

Demonstrates how they handle conflict and working with superiors

  • Why did you choose your university and major?

Demonstrates ability to articulate decisions/ thought process

  • If you could create the perfect job for yourself, what does that look like? Tell me about the office size, what you wear to work, what you are doing in your day to day, etc.

Demonstrates what the student is really looking for. Odds are they haven’t been able to uncover all of this in their research, so it helps you determine if they’ll be a long-term fit in your culture

  • What is your biggest weakness?

Demonstrates ability to self-assess and develop/ execute self-improvement

  • Tell me about a time where you took the lead and what was the outcome

Demonstrates leadership ability

  • How was your commute? Did you find the building ok?

A great ice-breaker question – demonstrates if candidate approaches an “off the cuff” question with a 1-word answer, attacks it from a positive or negative place (was their first trip on the subway an adventure or horror story), or goes into a 10-minute monologue about minutia (inability to assess important facts)

Leave your best interview questions in the comments!

Published by BYLT Consulting

BYLT Consulting is a strategic campus recruiting firm that works with clients to develop effective campus recruiting solutions, including on-campus hiring, internship and full time program design, execution and management. For any questions, please reach out to info@byltconsulting.com.

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Felicia Fleitman

Over 10 years of recruiting experience working in a variety of industries, including law, CPG and IT. Felicia spent several years focused on summer associate program strategy and execution for Big Law, before moving to agencies where she worked closely with company founders to help them identity and hire strategic leaders for their teams.