- 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?