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10 Common College Interview Questions You Must Prepare For

OSAU Team

If you’re concerned about college interviews when applying for a college or university, don’t worry - not all colleges and universities will require an interview for the admission process. Interviews tend to make student panic and this will not help you to gain admission. 

Interviews can be a supplement poor test results, build upon an admissions essay, or simply add some personality to your application. With such high stakes on the interview process, it’s safe to say that you need to take time to prepare.

College interviews are a great way for the school to get to know you personally and find out if their college is the right match for you. It’s also a chance for you to learn more about the school and know if it’s a good college for you. 

In order to be fully prepared, you need to come to the best possible answer for each type of question. Practice what to say to these common interview questions.


1. Tell me about yourself.

Expect this question to be asked. It’s a way for you to introduce yourself. Don’t give out too general answers. To avoid this, prepare a few key points of you want to say - where you grew up, what you like to do during your free time, and what extracurricular you participated in. But remember, don’t force yourself to say a lot. You will only have a limited time to say things about yourself, so focus on what you want to highlight about yourself.


2. Why are you interested in our college?

This is an important question that you must definitely prepare for. For this question, it’s important to be specific and honest. Let the interviewer know that you’ve done your research about the school - their programs, the community, and the extracurricular that they offer. You should also know why the college stands out from the rest and what they can offer you. Your answer to this question does not necessarily have to be the reason why you chose the school.


3. What do you want to major in and why?

While this question may come up, remember that it is not required to decide on a major when you apply for a college or university. But should you have one in mind, be prepared to explain why you chose it and what the school’s program can offer. But if you haven’t decided on a major yet, don’t be shy to tell the truth. Your interviewer will not be frustrated or disappointed if you haven’t figured it out yet.


4.What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?

When the interviewer asks you this question, don’t panic if you haven’t figured out yet what you want to do 10 years from now. Most incoming college students are also still unsure of what their future professions will be. But the purpose of this question is for the interviewer to know that you think ahead. 


5. What are some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

College can be challenging, especially for first years. The college you are applying for will want to know what kind of student you are, what your challenges are and how you handle them. Colleges or universities want to make sure that they accept students who know how to handle any obstacle that may come their way. So whatever you choose to share, focus on how you handled it.


6. What is your biggest weakness?

This is one of the most common interview questions. In answering this, don’t choose one that will also show your strength - answers like these won’t satisfy the interviewer. Be honest in answering this question, the interviewer want to see how mature and self-aware you are. So be sure to mention how you have been working on this weakness.


7. Tell me about one of your extracurricular activities and why you participated in it.

Mention the extracurriculars you participated in during high school. Share why you wanted to join in it, how you got introduced, how long you’ve been part of it, what you learned from the years you were active, and how it helped you grow as a person.


8. What sets you apart from the rest of the applicants?

Universities and colleges receive hundreds to thousands of applicants, and your interview is the best time to explain what makes you different and why they should accept you. Maybe mention your unique personality traits, or what you can contribute to the college community. If you are unsure of what to say, prepare by considering what your mentors, teachers, or coaches have said about you.


9. What can you contribute to our college?

Try to be as specific as possible when you answer this question. Mention some of your traits that make you unique. You can focus your response on an interest or passion that you can contribute to the college community and explain why that will make the college community a better place.


10. Do you have any questions for me?

Lastly, remember that you can also ask the interviewer a few questions. Ask questions about the college you are applying for. Keep in mind that your questions should reflect that you’ve done your research about the school and that you listened to the interviewer.



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