Student Job Interview Questions and Answers

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Interviewing as a student or recent student is unique because you don’t often have as much work experience as other job seekers. However, you still have a lot to offer. The key to impressing any employer is to be prepared and to position your own unique situational skills.

Read below for information on types of student interview questions, and advice on how to answer those questions. Also review job interview questions that employers commonly ask high school students, college students, and graduates seeking part-time, summer, and full-time entry-level jobs. There are also sample answers for each of the interview questions.

Types of Student Job Interview Questions

There are a number of types of interview questions a student or recent student might be asked in interviews.

Behavioral Interview Questions

Many interview questions will be behavioral interview questions. These questions require you to provide an example of a time when you did something work-related in the past. For example, an interviewer might ask, “Tell me about a time you had to complete a group project under a tight deadline.” Interviewers ask questions about your past to see what kind of an employee you might be in the future.

These kinds of questions require you to think of examples from past experiences. To answer these questions, use the STAR interview response technique. Describe the specific example you are thinking of (it helps to think of examples in advance). Explain the situation, and what you did to either solve the problem or achieve success. Then, describe the result.

As a student or recent student, you might not have a lot of work experience. You can draw on experiences as a student, an intern, or even a volunteer. If you participated in any extracurricular activities, you can talk about those experiences too.

Situational Interview Questions

Situational interview questions ask you to consider a possible future situation at work. An interviewer might ask, “How would you handle working on three tasks that are all due at the same time?” Although these are about future situations, you can still sometimes answer with an example from a past experience.

An example provides credibility to your answer. When you provide examples, try to use examples that are closely related to the job you’re applying for. Think about past work, volunteer, or school experiences that required skills similar to those needed for this job.

Questions About Yourself

Interviewers will ask you a lot of questions about yourself. Some of these will be straightforward questions about your education and work history. Others will be about your character such as your strengths and weaknesses.

To prepare for these kinds of questions, be sure to review your resume and cover letter thoroughly. Also look at a list of common interview questions to prepare answers for questions about yourself. Remember to answer honestly, but always put a positive spin on your answers.

Questions About the Company

The employer might also ask you questions about the company, and why you think you are a good fit for the position. To answer these questions, be sure to research the company ahead of time. Get a sense of the company culture—its mission, the work environment, and what the company looks for in employees.

Student Job Interview Questions and Answers

High School Job Interview Questions and AnswersEven though high school students don't have much, if any, work experience, it's still important to be prepared to answer questions about your ability to do the job and your education and school activities.

College Job Interview Questions and AnswersFor college students and recent graduates, it's important to relate your education, extracurricular activities, and experience (work and campus) to the job for which you are applying. Here are sample questions you might be asked during an entry-level job interview and examples of the best way to answer.

Entry Level Interview Questions and AnswersThe interview questions that hiring managers ask entry level candidates will typically be focused on why you are interested in the job and why the company should hire you. Review these entry-level interview questions and be prepared to respond effectively to the interviewer.

Summer Job Interview QuestionsWhen you interview for a summer job you'll be asked about your qualifications and your school schedule. Review the questions you will likely be asked during a summer job interview, plus tips on the best way to answer summer job interview questions.

Part-Time Interview QuestionsHere are typical part-time job interview questions and the best answers to interview questions you'll be asked when applying for a part-time job.

More Job Interview Questions and AnswersReview more of the most frequently asked job interview questions, plus examples of answers for each interview question employers ask.

Student Job Interview Tips

Ready to ace the interview? Review these job interview tips for high school and college students and graduates to be sure you are thoroughly prepared for successful interviewing. The more you prepare and practice, the better your chances of getting a job offer.