Most college interviewers ask similar questions. Some questions will refer to something of interest in your resume that stands out. Other questions will not be familiar. These are the wild cards in the interview, and they demand preparation. A few practice rounds with parents, with the following questions thrown in, will go a long way in helping you to maintain composure and demeanor during the interview. By the way, these are the same kinds of wild card questions you may get in a job interview.
- If you could do one thing differently in high school, what would that thing be? Is there a second thing you would do differently?
- Can you explain, in detail, a specific challenge that you’ve overcome?
- Is there something you’ve read within the past year or two that has special meaning or significance to you?
- Who has been the most important person in your own self-development?
- What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now? 20 years from now?
Another Way To Prepare Well In Advance of Your College Interview
This cannot be stressed enough: extracurricular activities matter. Involvement in sports, clubs, groups, and other school activities are definitely factored into the college admissions process.
One reason for that is because college interviewers are usually trying to get a feel for who a student is, above and beyond a GPA and SAT/ACT scores. Extracurricular activities are one of the best windows, and you can expect an interview to include a good amount of time on the topic.
Remember, it’s not that important in which extracurricular activities you’re involved. What does matter is that you can speak about it with passion and sincerity.
Another thing interviewers will try to discover is your study habits. Keep in mind — It’s not just about your GPA; interviewers want to know you will be able to handle the responsibility of monitoring your own studies, once away at school.
If you have any other questions about selecting a college, or the admissions process, feel free to contact me through my website at www.Prep4collegeNow.com or call me at 760.877.7200. I’d love to answer your questions!
Excepted from Scott Weingold, College Planning Network, LLC