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Interview for College

Practice These 20 Questions Before You Interview for College


11. In college, what do you plan to do outside of the classroom?

This is a fairly simply question, but you need to know what extracurricular opportunities exist at the college. You'll look foolish saying you want to host a college radio show if the school doesn't have a radio station. The bottom line here is that the interviewer is trying to see what you will contribute to the campus community.

12. What three adjectives best describe you?

Avoid bland and predictable words like "intelligent," "creative" and "studious." The interviewer is more likely to remember a student who is "clumsy," "obsessive" and "metaphysical." Be honest with your word choices, but try to find words that thousands of other applicants won't choose.

13. 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, 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.

14. Who is your hero?

A lot of interviews include some variation of this question. Your hero doesn't have to be someone obvious like a parent, a president or a sports star. Before the interview, spend a few minutes thinking about who you most admire and why you admire that person.

15. What historical figure do you most admire?

Here, as with the "hero" question above, you don't need to go with an obvious choice like Abraham Lincoln or Gandhi. If you go with a more obscure figure, you just might be able to teach your interviewer something.

16. 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. Be sure you are able to articulate why the experience was important.

17. 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." 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.

18. Tell me about your community service.

Many strong college applicants have done some form of community service. Many, however, simply do it so that they can list it on their college applications. If the interviewer asks you about your community service, it's to see why you served and what the service means to you. Think about how your service benefited your community, and also what you learned from your community service and how it helped you grow as a person.

19. If you had a thousand dollars to give away, what would you do with it?

This question is a roundabout way to see what your passions are. Whatever you identify as a charity says a lot about what you most value.

20. What subject in high school did you find the most challenging?

Even if you're a straight "A" student, chances are some subjects were more difficult than others. The interviewer is interested in learning about your challenges and how you tackled those challenges.

21. 12 More College Interview Questions

If you haven't checked them out already, be sure to read my original 12 college interview questions.

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