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College Interview Tips and Techniques

college interviewGeneral Tips:

  • Be on time.
  • Act naturally. Make eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Be confident, but not arrogant.
  • Treat the interview as a conversation, not a “drill” of questions.
  • Dress neatly:
      Boys: Long-sleeved button-down shirt (tie optional), khaki or dark pants, no sneakers or flip flops.
      Girls: Casual dress or skirt/blouse. Boots or flats, no super-high heels or flip flops.
  • Important! Do your homework on the college/university so you can ask intelligent, non-generic questions.

Questions You May be Asked:

  • Why are you interested in “X” college?
  • Tell me about yourself. (have a few sentences prepared for this one.) Give examples (“I like to help people, and am involved in xyz volunteer activity”.)
  • What are your favorite subjects at school?
  • What subject(s) do you find the most challenging?
  • What activities do you participate in outside of school?
  • How have you spent the last two summers?
  • What area(s) of study interests you?
  • What current events do you follow, and why?
  • What is a recent, memorable book you have read? Why did you enjoy it?
  • What do you consider your biggest strength? Weakness?
  • Tell me a little about your family and the community you live in.
  • How do you think you would contribute to the community at X college?

Questions to Ask Interviewer (Admissions Rep or Alumni):

  • What departments are considered outstanding at X college?
  • At what points do students declare a major? Is there flexibility for double majors, minors, etc? (I am considering abc plus xyz…)
  • I am interested in club or intramural sports – is there an opportunity to play?
  • What are the opportunities to study abroad?
  • Is the school helpful with finding internships and jobs, both summer and after graduation?
  • What do students typically do outside the classroom?

Questions Specifically for Alumni:

  • What was your area of study?
  • Did you find that X college prepared you well for the “real world”? In what way?
  • How would you describe the best attributes of your college experience?
  • Is the alumni network strong?