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College Interview Preparation For High School Seniors

The key to a college interview is preparation. It's always important for your child to show their best self, and to ask questions, and share thoughts or concerns about the school or overall college process. 


To Do’s (tell your kids this!)

  • Ask questions (see below)

  • Make and maintain eye-contact

  • Listen attentively

  • Show enthusiasm

  • Be honest

  • Be specific and offer concise responses

  • BE YOURSELF!


QUESTIONS WORTH ASKING IN AN INTERVIEW

  1. What is the average class-size (especially in my field of study?)  And how does it change from freshman to upper-class years?

  2. What are the internship opportunities?

  3. What happens here on weekends?

  4. How about current campus issues?

  5. What do students like best about this school?

  6. What do they complain about?

  7. What kind of student is most successful here?  What kind is not?


SAMPLE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  1. How did you learn about ____________ college?

  2. What are you looking for in a college and/or what brings you this one?

  3. Are your grades a good indication or your ability? If not, why?

  4. What classes have you enjoyed most in high school?

  5. What do you want college to do for you?

  6. How do you see yourself in ten years?

  7. Do you have a major in mind? What interests you about it?

  8. What books have you found enjoyable but challenging?

  9. What do you do in your spare time (outside of class)? Why do you do those things?

  10. What things do you do well?

  11. What have you done in your life that you are particularly proud of?

  12. How would you describe yourself? How would teachers describe you? How would your best friend describe you?

  13. What sets you apart as an individual at your school?

  14. Whom do you admire most in the world? Why?

  15. What will you contribute to this college?

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