I'm a graduate engineering student in France, on the last year of my degree. As is customary in most (if not all) French engineering schools, I'm looking for a 6-month-long internship to complete my degree. I applied for various internships, one of which was with a well-known company (which is to say, I expected a very polished and formal/standard interview process).
I passed the first round with relative ease, both me and the HR person interviewing me seemed to think it went well, so I got accepted to the second round, where an engineer would interview me. As expected, the interview mostly revolved around (basic) technical questions. Now, this is the fourth time I'm looking for an internship (having done 3 other internships during my undergrad), so I do have some (albeit not much) prior experience with interviews, so I'd like to believe I'm not an absolute noob when it comes to this. However, I really didn't know how to approach the questions this interviewer poses; it went something like:
- Interviewer: So are you familiar with
git, things like branching, merging, rebasing...?
- Me: Yes, I have been using
gitsince my first semester in university, I am very familiar with it and have implemented large projects using it.
- Interviewer: Okay... [changes the subject]
Almost all the questions felt hard to answer, because the interviewer was kind of "giving away" any details I could use to "prove" that I know what technology X or tool Y is. Needless to say, I failed the second round, and I honestly do not know why.
Is this the wrong way to approach such questions? What should one do when the interviewer seems borderline "bored" and asks - more or less - superficial questions?
Extra/tangential question: As a grad student, I'm stil in university and actively learning, so I don't really count on my "professional experience" when interviewing (I consider my advantages to be things like quickly picking up new technologies or being a team player or correctly following instructions and reaching deadlines etc). During that interview, a question on technology X came up, to which I responded "I have not taken the course that specifically teaches X, however I've taken a course on Y which is closely related to X, and given my learning pace from my past internships I don't think learning X would be a problem". Is this the wrong way to answer the question? Am I supposed to lie and pretend I know how X works (he didn't seem to ask deeper questions on any subject, see the original question above), winging it during the internship?
I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, I've just never had that much experience or training, especially when it comes to technical interviews, so I'm pretty sure I'm doing something wrong given I've failed quite a few of them in more or less the same way.