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What makes you think that this college would be a good match? 3. Where else are you applying and why? 4. What do you hope to major in? 5. What do you expect to be doing ten years from now? 6. How do you define “success?” 7. What have you liked or disliked about your school? What would you change? 8. How would you describe yourself to someone who did not know you? 9. What newspapers and magazines do you read? 10. What books not required for school have you read recently? 11. What television shows do you watch? 12. Tell us about your family. 13. How do you spend a typical afternoon after school? Evening? Weekend? 14. What extracurricular activities have you found most satisfying? 15. What are your strengths? Weaknesses? What has been your proudest achievement so far? 16. If you could talk with any one living (or deceased) person, whom would it be and why? 17. What events have been crucial in your life? 18. What is the most important thing you’ve learned in high school? 19. What mark do you feel you’ve left on your school? 20. What do you want to get out of your college experience? 21. What about you is unique? What could you contribute to our college community? 22. Talk about a significant challenge you have encountered. 23. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your transcript? 24. What is your greatest passion? 25. How would your friends describe you? 26. If you had high school to do over again, what might you have done differently? 27. What are your goals for your senior year? How have you been a leader or displayed leadership? When you are asked to explain your leadership capabilities, you don't want to only list off a bunch of titles and positions. Instead focus on a specific leadership position or activity and give enough detail to show the depth of your commitment. Citing concrete accomplishments like getting half of the dorm to participate in a scavenger hunt or giving toys to more than 200 families also helps the interviewer gauge the significance of your achievement. Remember that you don't have to hold an official title or elected position in order to show leadership. Describing how you organized something or motivated a group of people is just as impressive as any official title. What is your greatest strength and weakness? It's easy to say that your strength is that you work hard. But what will really prove this to the judges is an example. Use a particular instance to illustrate your strength so that the judges can see what you mean. It's not enough to say that you have leadership qualities. You must share incidents that show how you have led. What kind of results have come from your leadership? Why do you do it? Help the judges understand why you believe this to be your strength. When talking about a weakness, be honest—but realize that it's important to show what actions you are taking to address what you consider to be a flaw. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging a failing, but it is very impressive to see that you are also taking steps to minimize and perhaps overcome that weakness. Certainly, you want the interviewers to believe that your weakness will not keep you from being successful as a college student. Who is a role model for you? When interviewers ask this question, their intent is to learn something about you through your answer. In other words, whom you admire says something about you. So be careful to explain your role model choice. If you just say that your role model is golfing superstar Tiger Woods but offer no explanation, you aren't sharing much about yourself. The judges won't know if Tiger is your role model because he's a good golfer, a Stanford graduate or something else. No matter whom you choose as a hero, be sure to know enough about him or her to explain what specific quality you want to emulate. Also, know that person's shortcomings (and how he or she doesn't let it interfere with success) since you may be asked about that as a follow-up question. What is your favorite book? Don't give a book report when you answer this question. What the interviewer really wants to learn is who you are. What you say about the importance of reading the book is indicative of your interests, beliefs, goals, likes and dislikes. When thinking about which book to choose, ask yourself if your selection made you think differently or compelled you to take a certain action. Ask yourself what specifically made you relate to a particular character. Also don't feel that you have to select a classic. It's fine to say that your favorite book isCharlotte's Web or Green Eggs and Ham. What's important is not your book choice but why it is meaningful to you. Why did you choose this college? This is an excellent opportunity to reveal something about yourself through your answer. You don't want to be a tour guide, describing the well-known assets of the college. It is better to explain why the college's features are important to you. Instead of saying that you chose the school because of its research facilities, explain how you plan to make use of the facilities. The more details and specifics you can give, the better. If it is applicable and appropriate, walk the interviewers through the thought process you went through when selecting the college. This will help them understand what is important to you and it will also show them how seriously you considered your choice of a college and the education you hope to attain there. What is your favorite subject in school and why? It would be easy just to name a favorite subject and leave it at that. But the interviewer is trying to understand why you like what you like. When answering a question like this, give reasons or examples for your selection. Don't state the obvious. If you are asked why English is your favorite subject, give more than "Because I like it" or "Because I'm good at it."
Remember that interviewers are typically volunteers and have made the time to meet with you. This will be more meaningful to the selection committee and will better capture their attention. Be sure to give a lot of detail and explain the significance of the experience.. More than that. studies or volunteer work. During your interviews. What's a meaningful academic class. Is there anything else you want to add? Don't be shy about bringing up something important that the interviewer didn't ask you. Use your answer to show a little more about you by stating why the project or class was meaningful to you and give examples of incidents that were memorable. If you've forgotten to speak about something or a topic never came up during the conversation. speak about your medical-related experience. be sure to highlight activities that match the goal of the awards. Use this question to bring up a strong point or two that weren't discussed. Tell me about your experiences at your high school. project or other experience? A question like this is a great opportunity to showcase an impressive project or achievement. but it will help to give you confidence before the actual interview. this is the time to make a final statement. Instead of telling all 12 clubs that you are a member of. The last impression you leave is often the strongest. now is the time to say so. If not. follow up with a thank-you note or email. But if you think you need to reemphasize an important point. With what activities are you most involved? Fight the urge to answer this question by spouting off a laundry list of activities. "I don't know!"). What do you want out of college? Where do you see yourself in ten years? What are you doing to prepare for college? What accomplishment are you most proud of? Give me three characteristics that describe you. Help the interviewers feel your inspiration by using lots of examples. you can speak about a writing competition that you won or the reading marathon that you started. they really want to know what inspires you. If you think you've already left a strong impression. Make the activities relevant to the interview committee. You want them to understand why you want to work in this job field and what motivates you in general. If you can. This is a good springboard question that you can expand to bring your impressive achievements into the conversation. Who is your favorite teacher and why? What is the most important thing you do in your spare time? Who is your favorite author? How do you manage your time? Tell me about someone who has influenced you in your life. What has been your greatest experience in high school? . They want to see that you have a rationale for entering a profession. Tell me about yourself. If you say that your favorite subject is English. Practicing for these questions will not only make your answers better. a simple thank you will suffice. and what are your weaknesses in each area? What has been the most important person or event in your own self-development? What magazines and newspapers do you like to read? What sort of things do you like to do outside of school? What books or articles have you read in the last year that have had special meaning for you? What do you want to do in the future? If you had a time machine and could go back anytime and change history. speak about your journalism experience. If you are applying for an award in medicine. even if it is something as simple as being influenced by a school speaker. try to relax and have a real conversation with your interviewers. The interview is not designed to be an interrogation. For scholarship interviews. Be sure to give a reason for selecting your career (don't say. If you feel that there is some important piece of information that you forgot to share in the interview. mention it briefly in your thank-you note.You can also use a question like this as an opportunity to talk about an achievement or award. select a subject or project that relates to the scholarship since it will help demonstrate why you deserve to win the award. what time period would you go to and what would you do? Tell me about your family. who would it be? Have you ever thought of not goals to college and of what you might choose to do instead? What is your favorite subject at school? Tell me what your favorite subjects are at school. After you complete the interview. What are your greatest strengths? What is your greatest weakness? If you could be any animal what would you be? Why? If l asked your best friend to describe you. book or TV show. what would I hear? What sort of things do you and your friends like to do outside of school? What's the most difficult situation you've faced? If you could have lunch with anyone in the world.. Is there a particular experience you had there that stands out? What would you change about your school if you had the power to do so? What might your teachers say is your greatest strength as a person and as a student. Why do you want to enter this career? When interviewers ask this kind of question. Final Thoughts . they want to find you enthusiastic about your choice. If you are applying for a writing award. select a handful in which you've made significant contributions. then you don't have to say anything.
" "My counselor told me to apply. but make sure you are actually painting a colorful and detailed portrait of yourself. so you want to answer questions in ways that show that you are you. and your interviewer truly is interested in getting to know you. Similarly." "I'm loyal. After all." "I'm a good student. So. however. make sure you put some thought into what it is that makes you unique. Your answer should show that you have specific and admirable reasons for attending the college.we need to recognize that the answers any applicant can give do not successfully define what characteristics make youspecial. some answers to this question are better than others. where would you go? What do you expect to get out of a college education? Tell me about your interests. What would you do to make the world a better place? What do you like to do outside of school? Do you like living in (place where student lives) Pittsburgh? If you could visit anywhere in the world. "Why are you interested in our college?" Like many of the most common interview questions. In some ways. That's a no-brainer. how would you go about doing it? Name some challenges you’ve faced in your life." It seems like such an easy question. however. when asked to tell about yourself. What are your passions? What are your quirks? Why do your friends really like you? What makes you laugh? What makes you angry? Did you teach your dog to play the piano? Do you make a killer wild strawberry pie? Do you do your best thinking when on a 100mile bike ride? Do you read books late at night with a flashlight? Do you have unusual cravings for oysters? Have you ever successfully started a fire with sticks and a shoelace? Were you ever sprayed by a skunk taking out the compost in the evening? You are almost guaranteed to be asked to tell about yourself. Your answers need to take the question seriously and you need to answer sincerely. . if there's one subject you truly know something about. if you say you applied entirely because of a parent or counselor's recommendation." "All my friends are going to your college." The interviewer is hoping that you are interested in the college for reasons other than peer pressure or convenience. These answers. all of these answers point to important and positive character traits. if you are interviewing at a school. What are some of your unique qualities? Where do you see yourself in ten years? If you could solve a major world problem. is that knowing yourself and articulating your identity in a few sentences are very different things." "I'm responsible. it is. What are you interested in studying? If you were to stress one thing about yourself to a college." "I'm friendly. Show the interviewer who you are. you'll be suggesting that you lack initiative and have few thoughts of your own. The challenge. After all. what would the picture be like? What do you want out of college? "Tell me about yourself. Of course colleges want students who are hard working. what would it be? What is your biggest weakness? What has been your greatest experience in high school? How would your friends describe you? Tell me about yourself. What has been your greatest experience in high school? Would you rather write a report or give a verbal report? Why? What's the most difficult situation you've faced? What did you do last summer? Describe your best friend. The following answers are not likely to impress your interviewer: "Your college is prestigious. Certain characteristics are desirable. not a simple line sketch. The interview is your best opportunity to convey your unique personality and passions. And ideally your application and interview answers will convey the fact that you are a friendly and hard-working student. Nearly every applicant could give the same answers." "Your college is convenient and close to home. are all predictable. Before setting foot in the interview room. but they are not unique. this one seems like a no-brainer. don't spend too much time on the predictable answers." "I'll make lots of money with a degree from your college. it's yourself. The majority of students applying to selective colleges can make claims such as these: "I'm hard working. If we go back to the initial question -. you have presumably done some research and know why you are interested in the place. not a clone of a thousand other applicants. Nevertheless. What sort of books do you like to read? What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in life? Suppose you had to imagine yourself in a picture."Tell me about yourself" -. and friendly." Granted. responsible.Are your grades an accurate reflection of your potential? What events or experiences in your life have been most crucial to you? Tell me about someone you find intellectually challenging." "You're my safetly school.
if you are undecided about your major. You're telling the interviewer that material gain is your top priority. name recognition and your future salary are both important.) really influencing and guiding you in your day-to-day life? This question has an added danger. and political science to learn more. extracurricular activities. you'll still want to make sure your answer creates a positive impression. The interviewer most likely is hoping that you find the college prestigious. Your interviewer will do his or her best to be unbiased. your response could create a subconscious strike against you in the interviewer's mind. be self-reliant with no real heroes. however. however. "Who has most influenced you?" The question comes in many variations: Who is your hero? Who deserves the most credit for your success? Who is your role model? In short. you don't want to come across as someone who is more concerned with material gain and prestige than with pursuing your passions and getting a high quality education. "What do you want to major in?" The question can come in many forms: What academic subject most interests you? What do you plan to study? What are your academic goals? Why do you want to major in business? Don't be misled by the question. Answers to the question can draw from lots of different options: A Family Member -. you don't want to sound like you have never considered the question. bring the influential person to life for your interviewer.If you have great respect for an admirable historical figure. Be specific.Here. Some interviewers. Whatever your answer. however. Such answers. Are you actually interested in business? Students who choose a major based on its earning potential are less likely to succeed in college than those who have an actual interest in the subject matter that they are studying. you probably are the person who is most responsible for your success. or continuing your education? A Friend -. can come across sounding like you're trying to make a good impression. and you haven't made a good case for being admitted to the college. the answer is a crap shoot. is the president (or Senator. You've shut down the question. At many colleges. tests. You may have grown and changed as a result of someone whose mistakes or inappropriate behavior taught you what not to do with your life. the question is asking you to discuss someone you admire.At a college with a religious affiliation. Gandhi or Abe Lincoln -. psychology. If you love nothing more than playing soccer. parents and siblings have a huge impact on our lives. make sure you have done your research and identified several features of the college that you find particularly appealing. its Honors Program. and the majority of high school students who have chosen a major will actually change their mind before they graduate. and there is nothing wrong with being honest about your uncertainty. the issue is a bit more fuzzy.In truth. I've seen a lot . Many students choose a college based on sports. is not difficult. you haven't chosen a major yet. in fact. The admissions officer may admire your faith. think about the difference between these two responses: I don't know what I want to major in. A few answers can fall flat. There is no right answer other than a sincere answer.Do you have a mentor in the church or some other community organization? Community members often teach us to think outside of the narrow sphere of our families. will be skeptical of students who attribute their successes to prayer and divine guidance. I haven't chosen a major yet. Colleges are made up of humans. and make sure at least one of those features is academic in nature. Avoid vague generalities. I'm looking forward to taking courses in sociology. but keep your answer in the world of humans.For most of us. or its international focus. that you're intellectually curious and looking forward to exploring the possibilities. This question. God could be a fine answer. as with the example above. if you answer this question with yourself you will sound self-absorbed and selfish. Provide colorful. Any answer you give about athletics should be balanced with academics. however. A Coach -. so think twice before giving responses such as these: Myself -. What you most need to do when answering this question is show the interviewer that you know the college's distinctive features well. Also. you're likely to look at colleges that have strong soccer teams. like many. it's not helping your interviewer get to know what does interest you. If you do have a strong sense of what you want to study.When it comes to prestige and earning potential. Also feel free to mention the school's wonderful hiking trails.Coaches often teach us leadership.Is there a particular teacher who got you excited about learning. realize that an influential person isn't always a positive example. God -. Sure. Just make sure you can articulate the specific ways in which the family member influenced you. a subject area. However. My Dog -. They don't want solitary egotists. A significant percentage of college applicants have no idea what major they will choose. but you do want to think about it for a few minutes before your interview. Governor. etc. Whatever you say.For good or bad. that's wonderful. After all. If you name a Democrat and your interviewer is a staunch Republican. You may. keep in mind that students who are interested in nothing except sports often fail to graduate. its emphasis on experiential learning. entertaining. and relationships. Before you set foot in the interview room. but your answer shows that you've thought about the options and. responsibility and teamwork. be specific. Colleges aren't eager to admit students who entirely lack direction or academic interests.Fido may be a great pet who has taught you responsibility and unconditional love. That said. Your interviewer knows this. So. or its amazing lilacs. not like you're answering the question sincerely. but I love working with people. A Community Member -. In your day-to-day life of classes. That said. During the interview. its quirky traditions. Answering with a family member is fairly predictable but also perfectly appropriate. your close friends have a huge influence on your decisions and behavior. but interviewers are human. Colleges want to admit students who help each other out and work as a community. So who should you name as a hero or influential person? Speak from the heart here. A Teacher -. While this response may be honest. Let the interviewer know that you were drawn to the college's innovative first-year program. Don't simply say that you want to go to the college to get a good education. and specific examples of how the person has influenced you. Think about the following responses: I want to major in business because I want to make lots of money. is Abe Lincoln really influencing your behavior? Ronald Reagan or Barack Obama -. more importantly.
When confronted with a challenge. not interested in business or engineering. The admissions officers have your grades and test scores. "I'm a perfectionist".Did you have a boss or co-worker who was difficult to work with? An athletic challenge -. Rather. Realize that you can draw from many different kinds of "challenges" when you answer this question. they don't actually answer the question. So. My parents want me to become a doctor. They don't explain how your presence will enrich the campus community. "I'm good at managing my time. and many kinds of answers will do well. And if you are applying to a business or engineering school within a larger university. the question is designed to help the interviewer discover what type of problem solver you are. but too much online time is a major source of poor academic performance in college) I like partying. The interviewer is simply trying to get to know you better. What are you likely to be doing outside the classroom when you are in college? Are you likely to be serenading your classmates as a member of the acappella group? Are you hoping to start a D-League intramural hockey team for students who have never skated before? Are you the student who will be baking brownies in the dorm kitchen at 2 a. Okay. Think in terms of your hobbies and passions. The interviewer isn't admitting you to graduate school. Do you have sincere interest in political science? And why do you want to go to law school? You're going to spend four years of your life studying as an undergraduate. think about how you see yourself interacting with your classmates and other community members." While these answers suggest you have positive personal qualities. what would you do if you did have free time?) . College is all about developing critical thinking and problem solving skills.? Do you have ideas for a new recycling program that you think would benefit the college? Are you bringing your camping gear to college and looking forward to organizing outings with classmates? In short. College is about much more than academic classes. It may be tempting to answer this question by commenting on your character: "I'm hard working". "What will you contribute to our college?" This question is asking for some vital information. But an appropriate challenge can come in many forms: An academic challenge -. you will often need a specialized application for that school. Answers like these will not impress: I like hangin' with my friends." The question isn't a difficult one as long as you've put a couple of minutes of thought into it before your interview. "I like to be challenged". being undecided is fine. (This answer is true for some highly involved students. or do you just take up space on our little planet?) I do Facebook in all my free time. What experiences or high school courses piqued your interest? At some large universities it is possible that you will need to pick a field of study when you apply. This question is asking you to explain how you will make the college a better place. A good answer illustrates ways in which you will enhance the college experience of those around you.you don't want your interviewer to feel uncomfortable. You don't need to have lived a life of adversity or oppression to have a meaningful challenge to discuss.m.Did you set a goal for yourself that was difficult to accomplish? An ethical dilemma -.Were you put in a position where none of your options were attractive? Keep in mind the purpose of this type of question.of business majors and engineers either change majors or drop out of college because they were. the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently changed the official designation for undecided students from "Undecided" to "Academic Exploration. You would be wise to shy away from anything that is too personal -.Perhaps you found chemistry or English particularly difficult? A challenge at work -.Did you lose someone close to you and have a hard time getting over the loss? A personal goal -. (Another activity that. The interviewer isn't necessarily interested in hearing about some horror story from your past. So your first step is to figure out what challenge you want to share with your interviewer. however. but what do you want to do? Do you have thoughts of your own. and the admissions folks want to know how you keep yourself busy when you're not doing schoolwork. has caused many students to fail out of college) I watch lots of TV. in truth. make sure you actually sound like you do interesting things in your spare time. don't highlight that fact during your interview) I don't have any free time. Make sure you are ready to explain why you are interested in a particular field.Did you have to work hard to improve your skills? Did you have a competition that was especially demanding? A personal tragedy -. so the interviewer wants to see that you have promise in these areas. "Tell me about a challenge that you overcame. if a abused. how do you respond? The best response will highlight your ability to navigate a challenging situation. (This is true for many students. (Many of us watch too much TV. (Do you actually do anything with those friends. Here at Alfred University. so you don't want to breeze over your response with a comment about graduate school. for example. The main danger with the question is being unable to think of an appropriate challenge during the interview. This question is your opportunity to show that you can think outside of yourself. and it's what the first year of college is for. or are you going to let your parents define your academic path? I want to major in political science because I want to go to law school. The most attractive students are those who do interesting things in their spare time. so your answer should be community oriented. when you answer the question. some of the California public universities are trying to balance enrollments within different programs. so they know that you are a good student. but it is an evasive answer. At most colleges. The question asks about the community. The admissions folks will admit you if they think you can handle the work and if they think you will enrich the campus community." Exploring is a good thing. "What do you do in your free time?" The interviewer might ask this question in one of many ways: What do you do for fun? What do you do when you're not in school? What do you do on your weekends? This is not a trick question. For example.
and they work to address the problems. the interviewer is not expecting you to know what you will be doing in ten years. but they also want students who occasionally take their heads out of their books) The best answer to this question will show that you have passions outside of the classroom. Realize that you definitely do not need to know what you want to be doing ten years from now. . The majority of students will change majors before they graduate." That's fine. but I want to be making lots of money. if asked about your future goals. Many students will have careers that aren't directly connected to their undergraduate majors. The question allows you to show that you are well rounded. but it shows that you know yourself. "I would have put more effort into my classes. It's wonderful that you are busy with work and athletics. an interview question about your future is easy to answer. If you can see yourself in five different careers. This interview question is subtly asking you to show how college fits into your longterm planning. However. Students who don't understand the low grades they earned are risky prospects for a college to admit.(Good for you. but successful college students have strong time management skills and they give academics top priority. Sure. "Does your high school record accurately reflect your effort and ability?" This interview question provides you with an opportunity to explain a bad grade or weak spot in your academic record. but you have strong materialistic desires. the admissions officers will wonder if you have gotten your act together enough to do well in college. You will have successfully answered this question if you do more than shrug your shoulders or evade the question. If a large domestic issue did affect your grades." Try to focus more. and I'm afraid I was too distracted to put in my best effort at school. so I don't know why my grades weren't higher. The responses below would all be appropriate: "My parents got divorced at the beginning of my sophomore year. "What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?" This interview question can come in many flavors: What do you want to do with your life? What are your goals? What is your dream job? What do you want to do with your college degree? However your interviewer phrases the question. be honest but also answer in a way that shows you have actually thought about the relationship between college and your future. Was your math teacher really that biased and unprofessional? And if so." Really? This response suggests that you aren't mature enough to own up to the grade you earned. "I'm not sure what I'll be doing." Shhh. If your grades never recovered. The admissions folks won't be impressed if you complain about an unreasonable teacher who doesn't give out easy A's. That said. Nearly all highly selective colleges have holistic admissions. "I hope I'll be married with kids. College is a time of exploration and discovery. Within reason. the goal is similar. how should you answer a question about the relationship between your record.divorce. so the admissions officers want to get to know you as a person. be sure to elaborate and explain why you want to pursue a certain career path. Your answer to this question will show that you are also someone who has diverse interests that will enrich the campus community. we all had classes that were easy A's." An answer such as this shows your uncertainty. but my teacher didn't like me. Show that you are excited about the future and that college plays a role in that future. death. it wouldn't be appropriate for an interviewer to ask about your future plans for family and marriage)."While this response may be honest. If you have mostly A's. Many prospective college students have not yet been introduced to the fields that will define their future careers. not just as a list of grades and test scores. and you are eager to explore new fields of study." True enough. Big upheavals at home -. A lot of students don't succeed in college for the simple reason that they don't have a clear sense of why college is important to them and their goals. but I was too busy with my job and sports. this isn't something you want to highlight in your interview. take ownership of your grades and justify low grades only if you have truly extenuating circumstances. What type of company? Why? A vague answer isn't going to create a strong impression. but the interviewer isn't really asking about your personal life (in fact. So. it will not create a good impression. I've been reading all of the Greek classics. Your interviewer knows that you are human and that extenuating circumstances can sometimes affect your academic performance. say so. Keep focused on career goals that are connected to your college education. you've thought about the future. Again.can certainly make it difficult to devote 100% of your effort to academics. but really? Colleges like good scholars. your effort and your ability? In general. but they won't impress anybody: "I don't know. but keep on reading to see a better way to present your uncertainty. why didn't you address the unethical behavior with school officials? Even if your teacher didn't like you. you don't want to evade the question." This answer suggests that you have no academic interests. your interviewer will want to know about it. "I didn't have to work hard to get all those A's." Fair enough. Here are a couple ways to approach the question: "I want to major in aeronautical engineering and work for NASA. Are you unlikable? "I worked really hard. your academic record shows that the dip in grades was short-lived. but don't draw attention to this fact during your interview. but I know I want to work with people. That said. What got you interested in the field? What do you hope to accomplish in this career? "I don't know what I will be doing. So. it doesn't much matter what you do in your free time as long as you do something. The college admissions folks want to see if you have thought about your future. frequent moves -. however. That's why I got a C+. Do you love working on cars? Playing a pick-up game of soccer? Hiking in the neighboring mountains? Experimenting in the kitchen? Building rockets? Playing word games with your younger brother? Painting sunsets? Surfing? Your transcript will show that you are a good student. Such attitudes aren't very attractive to a college that is trying to enroll an interesting and engaged group of students. Successful students know what went wrong. Also." If you know what you want to do." This response makes you sound clueless. In college I'm interested in taking classes in sociology and psychology to learn what some of the options are. The following responses are all poor ways to answer the question: "I'm very good at math. make sure you're not blaming others for your own academic performance. abuse. don't feel that you need to come up with an excuse for that one B+. "I want to be working for a big company. you don't want to sound like a whiner or grade grubber. Ideally. Answers such as these may be accurate.
but keep it to yourself. You'd do better to recommend a book that is more in line with a college-level reader. "What's your favorite book? Why?". This type of response can easily sound immature. Why did the book speak to you more than other books? What about the book did you find so compelling? How did the book engage issues that you are passionate about? How did the book open your mind or create new understanding? "If you could do one thing in high school differently. avoid works such as these: Works that were obviously assigned in class. You certainly don't need to hide the fact that you were addicted to popular series such as these. but by 10th grade I had figured out how to be a successful student. Some students figure out how to succeed later than others. Students who read a lot in high school are more likely to succeed in college than students who don't. The question can come in many different forms: "What's the last book you read?". Your problems with drugs or alcohol. you'll end up making a tepid impression at best. Active readers are people who are intellectually curious. and this interview question can easily lead to TMI. my record does reflect my effort. "Recommend a Good Book to Me. and spiteful. There is nothing wrong with this. providing too much information is also a danger. Juvenile fiction. if you answer the interview question with details about that nasty boyfriend or girlfriend. ungenerous. If all of your answers are calculated and safe. you're going to sound like an annoying whiner. that information helps the interviewer get to know you better. "Tell me about a good book you've read recently". This interview question helps figure out if you are up for the challenge." Serious illness or surgery can certainly disrupt your academic efforts. The best students can navigate all kinds of classroom environments. Steer clear. You'll sound insincere if you state that Bunyan'sPilgrim's Progress is your favorite book when in truth your much prefer Stephen King novels. and you'll even find college courses on Harry Potter. you'll sound as if you've never read anything but assigned books. Don't try to second guess this question too much by recommending a book simply because it has historical or cultural significance. "What types of books do you like to read?". "Tell me about a good book you read for pleasure. That said. The best interviews are ones in which the interviewer feels like he or she has really gotten to know you. In general. a few types of works that might be weaker choices than others. you'd probably be wise to avoid answers related to topics such as these: Your relationships. Certainly plenty of adults (like me) devoured all of the Harry Potter books. In general. Do you know how to talk about books. In general. "Yes. Make sure you are talking about serious health issues. The issue gets a little more fuzzy with works likeHarry Potter and Twilight. Nearly any work of fiction or nonfiction can work for this question as long as you have things to say about it and it is at an appropriate reading-level for a college-bound student. he or she may also feel uneasy about . A downward trend will raise red flags. the college interview is not the best place to address this issue. That said. However. Make sure you are able to articulate why you are recommending the book. You don't need to hide your love of Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Redwallbooks." Whatever the form of the question. This last point is important -. Pick a book with enough substance to it so that you can explain why you like the book. James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake isn't anyone's favorite book. Here. If you got messed up with drugs or alcohol in college. the interviewer is trying to learn a few things by asking about your reading habits and book preferences: Do you read for pleasure. as with the response above. and it is worth mentioning this type of disruption if it had a negative impact on your grades. While your interviewer may be impressed with your ability to confront your substance abuse. Pick a book that is at an appropriate reading level. This interview question isn't so much about the book you choose as it is about you. If you have a love of novels about Cold War espionage. You'll want to make sure you don't wallow in regret or draw attention to really bad decisions you've made. something that is a huge hit among fourth-graders is probably not your best choice. and you'll sound insincere if you recommend a challenging book in an effort to make yourself look smart." The honesty of this response is refreshing. "I had gallbladder surgery in 9th grade and was on a lot of pain medications. but these works are also loved by kids much younger than you. I didn't work as hard as I should have in 9th grade. and your interviewer won't be impressed if you start bad-mouthing your teachers. however. The interviewer is really looking to see if you had any major extenuating circumstances that affected your grades. you'll be introducing a lot of negativity into your interview. colleges will be pleased to see that your grades have trended upwards throughout high school. If you come across as the type of student who goes on a rant complaining about a single B+. A class you hated.the interviewer wants to get to know you better. Your interviewer will not be impressed if you try to blame that weak semester on the sniffles. Again. A book recommendation. Part of this question is to see what you read outside of class. They are also people who are likely to have better reading comprehension and writing skills than non-readers. don't be tempted to explain every little aberration in your academic record. You are likely to get asked about your interests and passions in another interview question. but books are one more way to approach the topic. If you name To Kill a Mockingbird or Hamlet. so many people love these books (including much younger readers) that they make for a rather predictable and uninteresting answer to the interviewer's question. hopefully you do wish that you could go back and do things differently. An interview is a two-way conversation. your record should show that the dip in grades was temporary. So what is the ideal book? Try to come up with something that fits these general guidelines: Pick a book that you sincerely love and that you are comfortable talking about. Pick a book that gives the interviewer a window into your interests and passions. Do you really regret taking that class with that jerk of a teacher? Fine. Your interests. You have a tough balancing act to negotiate with a question like this. It wouldn't be surprising if your biggest regret from high school was a disastrous relationship. what would it be?" This interview question is a bit trickier than most. A lot of your college course work will involve discussing and writing about what you have read. and your interviewer may actually want to learn about some good books he or she isn't familiar with. At the same time. Works chosen simply to impress. There are.
7. instead. You'll look foolish saying you want to host a college radio show if the school doesn't have a radio station. What makes you special? Or the interview might ask. 2. 10. Tell me about your family. Your interviewer may question your judgment or feel that you represent too great of a risk to the college. What three adjectives best describe you? Avoid bland and predictable words like "intelligent. but it does have the ability to go astray if you draw attention to an action that reveals foolishness or poor judgment. an easy question like this can help get the conversation rolling." Try to get beyond your accomplishments and think about what really makes you you. say so. colleges have enough problems with substance abuse without admitting students who have a proven track record of abuse." Be honest with your word choices. Chances are your particular career goals aren't possible without a college education. the following would make good responses: You wish you had taken calculus instead of an easier math class. Even if you were first violin in the all-state orchestra or the starting quarterback. The bottom line here is that the interviewer is trying to see what you will contribute to the campus community. The interview can be an opportunity to show a side of yourself that isn't obvious on the written application. Why college? Steer clear of materialistic responses ("I want to get a good job and make a lot of money"). 1. Think carefully about this question before you set foot in the interview room. What do you think about the latest news headline? With this question the interviewer is seeing if you are aware of major events going on in the world.you want to present yourself as a generous person. keep the representation positive -. It can be dangerous to be too honest ("I put off all my papers until an hour before they are due"). Try to be specific in your description of your family. Even if you didn't have a job or take classes. it presents regret over not seizing all the opportunities available to you. but evasive answers that actually present a strength often won't satisfy the interviewer ("My greatest weakness is that I have too many interests and I work too hard"). You wish you had looked for a more challenging job than the local burger joint. so such accomplishments aren't necessarily "special" or "unique. 12. you should formulate an answer to this question. Try to be honest here without damning yourself. What is your biggest weakness? This is a common question. The interviewer is trying to see how self-aware you are. try to think of something you have done that was a learning experience. Still. The interviewer wants to see what character traits you most value in other people. what do you plan to do outside of the classroom? This is a fairly simply question. and it's always a tough one to answer. or perhaps you wish you had helped your brother more when he was struggling in school. 6. "I played a lot of video games" isn't a good answer. In college. and your interviewer won't hold this against you) A more personal response is also appropriate as long as it presents you in a positive light. however. In general. When you interview for college." "creative" and "studious. The biggest danger here is if you haven't done anything productive in the summer.admitting a student who abused alcohol or drugs. Who do you most admire? This question really isn't so much about who you admire but why you admire someone. It's not a difficult question. 9. but provide a few possibilities. "What makes you unique?" It's a more difficult question than it might at first appear. Playing a sport or getting good grades is something that many students do. 14. but you need to know what extracurricular opportunities exist at the college. not someone who is hyper-critical. Does it have unusual academic offerings? Does it have a distinctive first-year program? Are there co-curricular or internship opportunities that can't be found at other schools? 11. Do your research and look for the truly unique features of the college for which you are interviewing. 5. and if you have thought about those events. What your exact position is on an issue isn't as important as the fact that you know the issues and have thought about them. What do you do best? There are lots of ways to ask this question. You wish you had discovered earlier in high school that you really enjoy theater. After all. focus on what it is that you plan to study. How do you define success? Here again you want to avoid sounding too materialistic. you can identify your best talent as making a mean cherry pie or carving animal figurines out of soap. A strong answer doesn't express regret about a bad decision. 8. Hopefully success means making a contribution to the world. Identify some of their funny quirks or obsessions. For example. If you're not sure what your career goals are." "obsessive" and "metaphysical. What can our college offer you that another college can't? This question is a little different than one asking why you want to go to a specific college. What did you do this summer? This is an easy question that an interviewer might use to get the conversation rolling. Instead. 4. Why do you want to go to college? This question is so broad and seemingly obvious that it can catch you by surprise. Perhaps you wish you had spent more time with your grandmother before she came down with cancer. not just your wallet. You wish you had worked harder in your freshmen year (some students are late bloomers. The best answers to this interview question will put a positive spin on it. 13. What do you hope to do after graduation? Lots of high school students have no idea what they want to do in the future. but try to find words that thousands of other applicants won't choose. but the bottom line is that the interviewer wants you to identify what you see as your greatest talent. Who is your hero? . and that's okay. There's nothing wrong with identifying something that isn't central to your college application. 3." The interviewer is more likely to remember a student who is "clumsy.
If the interviewer asks you about your community service. In what areas would you like to improve? 6. What are your strengths and talents? 4.C. books or articles have had a profound impact on you? 16. How did you handle it? 29.What issues concern you? 17.? What are some of your observations? 5.How do you spend a typical day after school? 30. If you could take a year off. You have indicated on your interview sheet that you would like to major in _____. Tell me about your family. your plans and hopes for life after college? 6. Your hero doesn't have to be someone obvious like a parent. Have you ever had a job? What types of things have you learned from your job? 4.What are you doing this (or did you do last) summer? 26.What has been your most challenging leadership experience? 12. Many strong college applicants have done some form of community service. what would you do with it? This question is a roundabout way to see what your passions are.What other colleges are you considering? 27." The interviewer is looking to see how well you can think outside of yourself and acknowledge those to whom you owe a debt of gratitude.What person.How does your high school course challenge compare to your peers? 25. 15. Be sure you are able to articulate whythe experience was important.What questions do you have for me? 1. Why don’t you tell me something about yourself—your family. Why do you want to go to college? What do you hope to get out of such and experience? Why have you selected the colleges you are considering? Did you start out looking for certain thing? How does B.What is your favorite activity outside of school? 14.What has been your biggest disappointment in high school? 13. Are there accomplishments you are particularly proud of. Many. it's to see why you served and what the service means to you. What special contribution do you feel you could make to Boston College? 9. How do you spend your free time outside of work and school and/or during the summer? 3. 23.Have you ever thought about not going to college? What would you do instead? 31. How do you like your high school? Do you feel you have received a good education there? What changes would you make? 8. Why does this particular subject appeal to you? 10. Tell me about your community service. What has been your most stimulating intellectual experience? 10. would you most like to meet? What would you discuss? 28. 16. If you had a thousand dollars to give away. If you go with a more obscure figure. what would you do and why? 22. 3.A lot of interviews include some variation of this question. spend a few minutes thinking about who you most admire and why you admire that person. 2. How do you respond to academic demands and pressure? 9.What do you want out of college? 18.What do you plan to major in and why? 20. 20. however.Why are you interested in _____this______ College? 19. The interviewer is interested in learning about your challenges and how you tackled those challenges. Think about how your service benefited your community.What activities do you plan to continue in college and why? 15. and why? 5. as with the "hero" question above. What historical figure do you most admire? Here. What do you consider to be your academic strengths and weaknesses? 2. a president or a sports star. What subject in high school did you find the most challenging? Even if you're a straight "A" student. 17. Tell me about your work experience and community service experience. Tell me about yourself.Which authors.S. you don't need to go with an obvious choice like Abraham Lincoln or Gandhi. Have you traveled abroad or within the U. 18.How would your friends describe you? 24. Who most helped you get to where you are today? This question is a little different than the one about a "hero" or the "person you most admire. Which courses have challenged you the most and why? 8. Whatever you identify as a charity says a lot about what you most value. 19.Describe the most difficult situation you’ve been in. and also what you learned from your community service and how it helped you grow as a person. How did you first hear about Boston College? . 1. Before the interview. simply do it so that they can list it on their college applications. you just might be able to teach your interviewer something. What do you like best and the least about high school? 7. fit in? What attracted you to Boston College? 7. living or dead.What do you want out of life? 21. your interests. chances are some subjects were more difficult than others. What high school experience was most important to you? With this question the interviewer is looking to find out what experiences you most value and how well you can reflect back on high school.What teacher has had the biggest influence on you? 11.
11. if any. what other schools are you considering? 28. does this have on you? 21. What are some of your strengths and some of your weaker aspects? How are you trying to improve them? 18. Some require a personal interview and have representatives available to meet with candidates in cities throughout the United States. always try to interview at the schools you wish to attend. who would it be and what would you talk about? What accomplishments are you most proud of? Unlike Ivy League programs in business and medicine. Use the opportunity to personalize the application process and convince the committee that you have a unique contribution to make to the class. Who is your best friend? What are some of the qualities of that person you admire most? 19. Others do not require interviews and leave it to the applicant's discretion. Knowing what your high school performance is to date. time and previous commitment are not a problem? 24. Schools that require interviews have three goals: a) to assess the overall "marketability" of each candidate b) to aggressively recruit the truly outstanding candidates away from competitive schools c) to market and promote their own programs Those who are invited for a personal visit can be assured that they are "in the running" for admission. An interview is your opportunity to distinguish yourself from the pack and demonstrate . How can an interview help? The applicant pool for Ivy League schools is filled with thousands of candidates who all look great on paper. What is the most difficult part of being a young adult? What is the most rewarding point about the age group you represent? 23. What is a skill or experience that you don’t possess now that you hope to leave college with? 25. what would be 2 or 3 things you would like to learn or accomplish? Assume that money. Tell me about your involvement in extracurricular activities. What do you want to do in the future? If you could meet any important figure in the past or present. If you were an English teacher in high school. had a magic wand. 29. Why are you applying to B. for which admissions interviews are mandatory.C. If you could meet with anyone who has lived. Besides B.? 32. 2. what would it be and why? 30. We value many traits beyond what is on your application. and could change any one thing about your high school.C.S. identify the person you most admire because of his/her impact on history. do you believe that it is an accurate indication of your academic ability and potential? Why or why not? How could you realize your potential? 12. along with impressive achievements in extracurricular activities. crreativity and passion. which includes courses in philosophy and theology. What do you do for entertainment and relaxation? 27. The interview allows the school to determine whether your interpersonal skills are as stellar as your academic ones. is a Jesuit university that strives to give its students a “value oriented” education. government in the world today? 15. If possible.. What do you see as the purpose of an education? 17. including integrity. Assume that you are already at college and your roommate is writing home. How important is it to have a sense of humor? Do you consider it to be an important part of your personality? 20. undergraduate committees differ in their use of the interview in the selection process: 1. B. who would it be? 26. Have you read a book or seen a movie or play recently which you either greatly liked or disliked? What did you like or dislike about it? 16. We know that most of them can handle the rigor of a top program and build a successful career after graduation. If you were the principal or better yet. They have perfect grades and SAT scores. what would you put on a reading list to be drawn up for class? Why do you want to attend this university? What is your strongest/weakest point? What have you done to prepare for college? What has been your greatest experience in high school? Tell me about yourself (focus on three things). But we are seeking only the BEST candidates: those dynamic individuals who possess that rare balance of academic prowess and interpersonal strengths to become an effective leader. If you were making up a schedule for next year. having demonstrated the academic prowess that is required for college. maturity. What do you consider to be the most serious challenge facing American society in the next decade? How can we meet the problems this challenge presents? 14. How do you perceive the role of the U. What do you see yourself doing ten years from now? What is your idea of success and happiness? 13.C. starting tomorrow. 3. Do you have any thoughts on this goal? What effect. How would he/she describe you? 31. Do you see yourself as a leader or one who is more comfortable working behind the scenes? Why? 22. A final group of schools offer interviews selectively: only to certain applicants and only at the school's request. Based on your study of American or European history. What makes you laugh? Describe your sense of humor.
For women. etc. lawyers and news anchors. Your interviewer wants to learn what you are like as a person and how well you respond and communicate. Be prepared for questions about the interviewer's specific area of interest. You will see first-hand whether this is the right place for you and whether you will fit in. A Profile of Successful Applicants Our interview questions are designed to identify your stengths and weaknesses for all of these criteria. c) Personality. The benefit of a remote interview is that the candidate does not have to invest the time and money in a visit to the school. For too many years. Once you have been invited for the interview. Being on campus also allows for a natural conversational flow about the program. We seek talented dancers. full of life. e) Balance. Ivy League schools carefully screen out applicants who are unable to clearly articulate why they want to attend our school and what contribution they hope to make during their tenure. here are the important steps to take in preparation: a) Confirm your interview via telephone and make sure you have proper directions b) Confirm exactly who you will be speaking with and their professional titles. religions and ethnicities. the interview isn't ABOUT academic ability. I couldn't get past his own immaturity and poor judgment. equipment. But it is primarily a tool for the schools to identify exceptional candidates whose talents are not reflected by their GPA or test scores. Successful applicants are animated. This is reflected through knowledge of current events. For this occasion. Interview Preparation Some schools offer applicants the chance to interview with admissions reps at regional locations throughout the US. personal. b) Demonstrated Excellence in Activities outside the Classroom. Your interview is your opportunity to convince them that you are up to the challenge. how you think and how well you handle yourself under pressure. There's nothing more disheartening than an applicant who looks great on paper who can only talk about their grades. Whenever possible. The ONLY acceptable attire is a formal suit for both men and women. We seek students who have accepted the challenge of AP classes and the most demanding programs available to them. From the moment he walked in the door. This will allow you to research their background and specialty area. We are also committed to diversity. healthy. Unfortunately. We've seen short skirts. The interviewer is usually an admissions committee member who travels throughout the country or an alumni of the school who lives nearly. We want mature students who will eagerly contribute to their class. We are also highly impressed by applicants who have worked during their high school years and during the summer. We want to make sure they are aware of the exhaustive commitment that is required to succeed at an Ivy League school. Others were pushed into applying by well-meaning parents who were also successful alumni. which they will likely enjoy talking about. d) Arrive at the interview on time and properly dressed. handle complex issues. dress shoes and no jewelry other than a watch and wedding ring. A school visit is your best opportunity to see the facility. artists and athletes. d) Motivation. The interview is an opportunity for the school to question you about your application. resources. sustained interest in hobbies and outside interests and a strong interactive role in their communities. class size. send a copy of your resume to each person you are scheduled to meet. They want to understand your values.. you want to know right away whether this is a good school for you. The interview is a two-way street. applicants flooded Ivy League schools because they wanted to make the "big bucks". The Ivy League's reputation is partially based on this richness and diversity. the school desires a healthy balance between students whose strengths are strictly academic and those who bring other unique talents to the table. Plan to tour the town after the interview to get a feel for housing. Make sure your clothes are clean. In every class. including athletics. Neither motivation is adequate during difficult times if your heart is not truly committed to the school. How can a short meeting be weighed the same as four years of academic achievement? Quite simply. makeup or jewelry.your full potential. This can be a godsend if your file gets lost or if you are unexpectedly sent to interview with someone you didn't expect. along with future doctors. recreation and living costs. The school is committed to admitting students who are able to handle the stress and rigors of Ivy League school on an academic. well-fitted and in a conservative color. who are willing to share their unique perspective with their classmates. physical and psychological basis. Some feel this is unfair because an hour-long interview doesn't adequately reflect their potential for scholastic success. muscial or artistic endeavors. and you should invest every available minute checking out the school to determine if it is the right place for you. friends and the world around them. If you are accepted. Try to identify free blocks of time in your interview schedule to see the library. neat and pressed and that your grooming is exceptional. we feel the drawbacks of regional interviews outweigh this financial advantage. Be prepared to discuss the talents you've developed outside school. but we have seen many otherwise qualified candiates blow their chance for admission by wearing ridiculous clothing to the interview. Bring along another copy with you to give to each person on the day of the interview. wear a conservative tie. Applicants are often stunned to learn that the interview can be weighted as high as 20% in the formula used to rank applicants. that is hard to establish off-site. debate. interact with faculty and students and impress multiple members of an admissions committee. We seek applicants who are well-rounded and well-adjusted. with enthusiasm for their family. well-adjusted person with a strong commitment to leadership. it's about whether you have the non-academic strengths to make a unique contribution to the class. purple hair and sandals in the middle of winter. Our best students must have the ability to communicate clearly. All of these experiences demonstrate motivation and achievement. no excessive perfume. Be prepared to demonstrate that you are a happy. this means well-styled hair. My last applicant had two visible tattoos and several body piercings in places I didn't know could be hygienically pierced. c) A week or so before the interview. your autobiographical sketch or any issues on your transcripts or SAT scores. the computer area and classrooms. There's much more to life and the Ivy League than memorizing and regurgitating facts. For men. plan to visit the school for the full tour and series of on-site interviews. manage stress and successfully interact with people from all walks of life. regardless of what he had to say. This may seem obvious. . pianists. We particularly probe the following five areas: a) Academic Excellence. Be prepared to discuss your specific interest in our school and to demonstrate your suitability for our culture. We seek students of different races. conservative is best.
Faculty members can offer a better perspective on certain issues than business students and vice versa. Many nervous applicants are unintentionally rude when they ask questions. and prepare answers for the typical questions 2) Practice answering questions aloud before the interview until you can handle all types of questions confidently 3) Walk into the interview with an air of confidence and professionalism. the questions you ask reveal more about your suitability for college than anything else. Don't get defensive. Cite your achievements. essays and research topics so they will be fresh in your mind before the interview. but demonstrate an appropriate level of humility. In fact. from casual inquiries about your family to probing questions about ethical/legal issues. Know what areas of research they are famous for and the companies that employ their graduates. Re-familiarize yourself with your grades. Questions You Should Ask the Interviewer Successful candidates always ask questions at their interviews. At the very least. Be prepared to offer a 4 to 6 line answer to every question. Although it's difficult to talk about possible deficiencies. personality. teachers and role models. Read every bit of material you can find about the particular school and be prepared to customize your answers to reflect its strengths. Your college interview is your one-chance-in-alifetime to attain your professional dreams. Before you go. Also be prepared to discuss your weaknesses. e) Watch your tone of voice and your body language. family. Tips to Asking & Answering Questions Effectively 1) Keep your answers short. mentors. Accentuate the positive and don't dwell on the weaknesses in your background or application. the better you can anticipate typical questions and ask intelligent ones yourself. 4) Watch your tone. Don't give any indication that you aren't willing and able to meet the rigors of college. Offer a firm handshake and a professional demeanor . You may be asked a few stressor questions that are designed to test your ability to handle conflict. Asking the department head about the social life on campus will be fruitless and embarrassing. Show interest in the questions and sincere thought in your responses. this isn't acceptable. d) Ask the appropriate person. Here's what your questions tell us: a) How seriously you are thinking about the pragmatics of college and how well you understand the school's expectations b) What is important to you: your own expectations c) Your ability to connect general information to the school's particular reality d) How much research you did about the particular school e) Your common sense and intellectual curiosity f) Your energy level and communication skills g) How well prepared you are (and will be in the future) for a business meeting h) Your maturity level General Rules for Asking Questions a) Only ask about topics you genuinely care about. which automatically puts off the interviewer. It will help. Nothing is more disheartening than interviewing an "academic genius" who doesn't know who the Vice-President is. c) Make sure the answer isn't obvious or has already been answered. b) Research the topic thoroughly before mentioning it so that you can engage in a subsequent discussion. Our undergraduate admissions guide includes over 300 questions that are commonly asked at college interviews. learn about the school. be prepared to discuss your three most significant: i) accomplishments and what they mean to you ii) personal attributes of which you are most proud iii) abilities that will make you a campus leader Whenever possible. Don't say something lame like it's location or low tuition. When discussing professional accomplishments. We also include over 50 targeted questions for YOU to ask the interviewer that show your maturity. e) Learn as much as possible about the particular college and its program. Focus instead on the school's excellent faculty and their reputation for finance. What You'll Be Asked You should be prepared for these potential areas of questioning: * your childhood. no matter how nervous you are. you'll sound limited and shallow. Although you'll be stressed during the interview. Prepare for your interview just as you would for an exam. 3) Don't reveal insecurities. Practice responding to difficult questions with a friend before the big day. Be ready for the inevitable questions about why you want to attend that particular college. Most applicants naively think that they don't have any shortcomings and are blindsided by these questions. The more information you have. hobbies. This is enough to share a few thoughts and to stimulate further discussion if the interviewer desires. sports and outside interests * your professional experience and motivation to enroll in college * your career goals and interests Be prepared for a wide range of questions. along with an explanation of why each question is asked and how savvy candidates answer them. You want to appear sincere and interested. It simply confirms that you weren't listening. not desperate for something to say. Too many candidates ask questions at the end of their interviews on topics that we've already covered. Your interviewers will review your file before speaking with you and jot down notes for possible interview questions. Your job on the interview is to convince them you are the right candidate: they won't believe it if you don't sound sure of yourself. acknowledge the help and support of your teammates. Be gracious and diplomatic in how you phrase your questions and reply to responses. motivation and judgment. which is the kiss of death for a college applicant. Your tone can be revealed in both the words you choose and your voice. Try to avoid simple yes and no answers or responding in monosyllables. your job at the interview is to recognize questionable points in your background and to discuss them confidently and directly. but informative. 5) Listen carefully to the interviewer. Also be prepared for general questions about current events and items of interest in popular culture. 2) Avoid sounding self-centered. incorporate these strengths into your answers. take advantage of our comprehensive guide to ensure your success. school. Conclusions: Our Best Tips for Interview Success 1) Prepare for the interview extensively: review your application.d) Review as much information as possible on your formal application.
Don't babble incessantly about a related topic or answer the question you wish he had asked 5) Be yourself.4) Listen carefully to the interviewer's questions and answer accordingly. Your success will ultimately depend on your ability to sell yourself to the interviewer. the interviewer will likely consider you a poor candidate. and why? • What challenges have you overcome in your life so far? • How do you approach challenging situations? • What can you tell me about yourself that might not be obvious to someone reading your application? . and why? • What are your interests outside of school? • What type of leadership experience do you have? • What careers might you be interested in pursuing. If your answers are ambiguous or inconsistent. (S)he is seeking the following traits: Maturity High Energy Level Listening Skills Communication Skills Confidence Sense of Humor Honesty Pride Analytical Skills Motivation Initiative Leadership Potential Why are you interested in Johns Hopkins? • What makes Hopkins the right school for you? • What strengths would you bring to our student body? • What are your academic interests. Don't send out any unnecessary warning signs.
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