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Preparing for college interviews

Uploaded: Sep 28, 2016

(Written by Lori McCormick)

College representatives offer interviews to students prior to submitting their applications. For those of you who are preparing for your interviews, here is a list of questions that interviewers could ask you, as well as questions you could ask the interviewer.

Questions from the Interviewer (to you)
- How would you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you?
- What are your academic interests?
- What is one activity you do outside of school that you are proud of?
- What is your favorite subject in high school? What about most challenging? Why?
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- What made you decide to apply to (insert name of college)?
- Give me an example of a time you had to make a tough decision. What was the outcome?
- How have you been a leader or displayed leadership?
- Describe a challenge or barrier you have had to overcome?
- What will you contribute to (insert college name) campus community?

Questions for the Interviewer (from you)
- Ask specific questions about the academic programs, or clubs, organizations, housing, etc. that you found most interesting about the college campus – and ask them to elaborate on it.
- I noticed that (insert activity) is offered at (insert college name). Could you please tell me more?
- What types of support and resources are available to students with learning differences? (if applicable)
- What types of support are offered to students for future career, job and internship opportunities?
- What types of emergency preparation has (insert college name) made to keep students safe? (For example, crimes, natural disasters or extreme weather)
- What is it about (insert college name) that you think sets it apart from other colleges? Sometimes the interviewer is an alumnus, so they will be able to provide first-hand accounts)
- As an incoming freshman, what advice would you give to help me settle into college life?

When you are preparing for your interview, the most important thing to remember is to be yourself.

Happy Interviewing!