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College Interview Questions

Business People Talking On Business MeetingLast time we discussed the categories of college interview questions as well as the first question students often get in interview situations.

Let’s look at some other questions found in the Self-Awareness category. Often interviewers will try to determine if students have evaluated themselves and their actions. They might ask what the most challenging thing was in high school or how the young person has grown personally or academically. What would students do differently if they got another chance at high school? Do they know what is most important to them or how others would describe them? Do they understand what they would contribute to campus?

Closely related to the Self-Awareness category is the Milestones category. These questions look at meaningful events, things that have defined the student. Interviews can ask about their greatest accomplishment or greatest contribution (personal, academic, or extracurricular). Sometimes they will flip the question to ask about the biggest failure.

Leadership questions are often very important, especially for leadership-oriented scholarships. How did they handle a significant leadership responsibility? Are they a leader or follower? Students might be asked for examples.

Interviewers sometimes ask about Relationships – to tell about their family or to describe their best friendship.

The student’s Opinions can be the topic with questions about things like current events.

Kids getting ready to interview should always be prepared to talk about their Favorites –book, author, news source, movie, TV show, activity, hero, school subject, or teacher. And, they need to know why these are their favorites. The why is actually more important that the what! They should also be prepared to talk about their least favorite things as well, however they should not be negative in their answers. Again, their reasons are the most important aspect of their response.

The final category interviews often look at is College and Career. Your student needs to have some idea of their college major and career goals (even if they are applying as Undecided). They should be prepared to talk about why they are interested in this particular college, what they are seeking in a college experience, and what they are looking forward to once they arrive.

Learning to interview well is useful on many fronts. It forces the student to think about (and evaluate) their life thus far. It prepares them for a lifetime of explaining their work and their reasoning. It gives them a new confidence in their ability to face the grown up world.


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