What do employers want to hear in an interview?


Whether you are looking for a full-time position or an internship, you must undergo the interview process where you will be interviewed (most likely) by a recruitment/HR officer to see if you are suitable for the role. This stage can be very nerve wrecking as it solely depends on you and the way you perform in the interview SO…we have put together this blog – we’ll do our best to advise you on what to say and how to act in your interview.

You are Teachable 

We all make mistakes and one of the main reason we are undertaking internships is to receive more training and to learn about our potential future careers. Employers are aware of this situation but what they need to know is that you are willing to learn, that you accept your mistakes willingly and will let yourself to be guided by someone with more experience.

You can take Instructions 

Employers want to know if you are easy to communicate with and can take orders.  If they ask you to do a certain job, they expect it to be done – what they don’t want to do is ask twice, and therefore you must show them that you can take instruction and get the job done!  Don’t be fearful of asking for guidance on said task just make sure you’re not asked twice to complete it!

You are a Team Player

This one might seem like a no-brainer as we hear it all the time…how important the team is and working together.  You have to show during your interview that you are a true team player and don’t work purely for personal gain, when problems and conflicts arise, you will not be pointing fingers but will work with and support the team in order to fix the issue and move on.

You are Loyal

There is no way the employer will ask you if you see yourself within the company’s structures in the next 10 years, first off you’re an intern so you will most likely be going back to study at some point!  But what an employer does want to know is that you will be fully committed and loyal for the time of your employment.


Michael Neece, has 20 years of experience in conducting and analysing interviews and in a recent interview, he has been asked a question about the most memorable candidate he has ever interviewed. He talked about one interview he has undertaken where he has asked a candidate a challenging question, what that candidate did instead of rushing to answer, is he took 20-30 seconds of silence to gather his thoughts and then answered – Michael mentioned he wanted to hire him in the first 15 seconds. Taking your time and distancing yourself from difficult situations can give you a different perspective on things, it shows maturity, confidence and conflict when under put pressure.


We hope that these will prove to be useful for you during your interview, remember to still carry out your initial footwork, but keep these points in the back of your mind as knowing these and applying them currently in your interview will give you an edge over other candidates!