In my role at ACPR, I’m responsible for interviewing applicants for our internship program. And after meeting with many students over the years, I’ve learned a lot, about people, the process, and even, myself!
The interview process is critical as it give the interviewer a better understanding of the interviewee, a sort of glimpse beyond the resume. Sure, an applicant can appear perfect on paper, but after meeting them, you may learn that they’re not the perfect fit (and vice-versa). Interviewing gives the interviewee the opportunity to speak to the past skills they’ve developed that would benefit the company if they were hired. It also gives the interviewee the chance to speak to their attitude, work ethic and overall personality (which often times carry more weight than actual skills!). But it’s not just about the quantity of questions the interviewer asks. In my opinion it’s about the quality of the questions! And when interviewing prospective interns, I have a few go-tos. These are questions that help me gain an understanding of their background and skills, what fuels them both professionally and personally, what they’re passionate about, and how they see themselves fitting in and contributing to ACPR. If you’re in the market for a new job, or even interested in applying for our internship program, I’m giving you some insider’s information on what you’ll be asked!
Why do you want to work at ACPR?
Doing your research before a job interview is key to coming off as diligent and interested. It’s your job to know what sets the company apart from others. Be prepared to tell the interviewer why that makes you want to work there! This question also lets the interviewer know that you’re not desperately applying to every job you come across. It says you’re strategically applying to jobs you think you would enjoy and be a good fit for.
Explain a time when you received negative feedback and how you handled it.
All of us fail, mess up and fall short at some point or another. Your interviewer wants to see that you’re able to be honest about a time when you received negative feedback. They also want to know you’re going to handle future negative feedback with grace. To me, this means acknowledging that your work wasn’t up to par, thanking the person for their feedback and telling them what you’re going to do differently in order to improve next time. And then of course, there’s the most important part: improve for next time!
What’s the most interesting thing about you that we wouldn’t learn from your resume alone?
Your interviewer can see it crystal clearly. You’ve included all of your most important accolades on your resume. But a resume doesn’t represent who you are and your past experiences in their entirety. What’s something interesting and wow-worthy that would give them a glimpse into your life past your resume? Maybe you’ve hiked half of the fourteeners in Colorado, maybe you won a contest or award in high school you’re proud of, or maybe you’ve overcome some sort of challenge to get where you are today. Whatever it is, if you’re proud of it, it’s worth sharing!
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