College Interview Questions
Interviews are an intrinsic part of a college admission procedure. Interviewers seek to pick out the suitable students by scrutinizing their score cards, submitted essays, resumes and finally their interview. College admission interviews are as crucial as any job interview. Thus, ample amount of preparation and confidence is necessary to cement your position in your dream institution.
College admission interviews are hardly tough question answer rounds. College interview questions commonly focus on the academic background of a student. In fact, they are discussions about your professional future and career prospects. Thus, be prepared to discuss your views openly with the interviewer to know better what the institution has to offer for you.
Commonly asked college admission interview questions
- Tell me something about yourself.
There is a lot you can say about yourself. Though, you will have to restrict yourself to a few details like, your interests, activities, academic achievements etc. Do not tell unnecessary information. In case you feel your answer was insufficient, ask them if they would like you to elaborate further.
- Which subject interested you the most? And, why?
Mention your favorite subject and explain why you do like that subject.
- What extracurricular activities have you been involved in your high school?
If you had involved in any extracurricular activity at school level like debate or speech competition, dance, music festivals etc., frankly tell about them. If not, don't worry, simply say, you were not interested or involved in any of the activity.
- What other achievements have you had so far?
Take the opportunity and impress the interviewer by your achievements. If there are no such previous achievements, then say no, but also mention you would like to score some achievement in the near future.
- Which is your most preferred book/magazine/author? Why? Could you recommend a good book to me?
If you are a reader, talk about the books you prefer to read. Name some of yours favorite books and recommend it to the interviewer. Provide valid reasons why one should read those books.
Meanwhile, if you are not much of a reader, admit it. It is better than to lie and embarrass yourself.
- Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
Speak about a teacher that you idolized the most during your schooling years. Mention the reasons for your appreciation towards him/ her. Say which of his/ her quality made him/ her distinct from the others.
- What interests you about this college?
It could be their past records, or excellent faculty, or impressive training facilities; mention whatever appealed to you about the college. However, your main reason for choosing this college should hint at giving you the proper guidance and direction towards achieving your career goals.
- What have you planned for your future?
At this point, you are expected to have an outline picture of your future plans. Elaborate your career path and plans to achieve them. Be prepared to answer any question that the interviewer may ask based on your plans. Justify correctly and convincingly.
- What do you do in your free time?
Mention some constructive activities that are beneficial for you. Avoid vague and/ or incomplete answers like "Nothing much". You can say that you pursue your hobbies, like writing, blogging, going for nature treks, sketching, cycling etc.
- Do you want to know anything more about this college?
Ask significant questions that remained unanswered during the interview. Don't ask obvious questions for which answers are available on college website or in brochure.