Q1: Why did you choose our college and not another one?
A1: They should feel special after your answer. You can say that you like their study program (possibly pointing out certain subjects from the curriculum), or the college environment (nice campus, great library, etc).
You can also praise their reputation (if they have a good one, of course), or anything else that caught your eye on their school and study program.
Q2: Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?
A2: You should mention something that relates to the study program you apply for. It can be the occupation their graduates typically have–pharmacist, after graduating from pharmacy; financial manager, after graduating from business and management, etc.
Alternatively you can say that you plan to start your own business in the field, or you can go with some worthy goal, such as working for one of the non-profit organizations, or helping to save the world–quite a popular topic recently :). Show them that you have some goals, and that your studies with them will help you to reach them.
Q3: If you shall characterize yourself as a student, what would you say?
A3: While it is good to list some strengths that help people with their studies–patience, responsibility, good memory, enthusiasm for the subject of study, passion for reading, etc; a bit of humility will also help you in this interview.
You can say them that you struggle with some subjects, or perhaps even with motivation, but always try your best to overcome the crisis and continue studying. The goal is to show them that you enjoy studying, that you do not go to school just because your family expects it from you, or just because everyone else goes to school.
Q4: What value can you bring to our student community?
A4: At the end of the day, everyone minds their own business. You can say that you would like to participate in various competitions–if they give you a chance to participate and represent the school.
You can also say that you plan to organize some events for fellow students, or perhaps plan to become a resident assistant (* check the interview questions fro RA if this is your goal). Try to think about your answer for a few minutes, and find something you can do for other students.
Of course, your do not have to fulfill your promises from the interviews. Two weeks later, nobody will remember what you said in your college interview… Once there, however, you should do your best to pass it and get to the study program of your choice.
Q5: What do you plan to do in your free time, while studying at the college?
A5: You can say that you would like to explore the area, enjoy the city, and maybe get some part time job. Or you can say that you’d do sports, and devote yourself to studies.
One way or another, the key is to show them that you are not a lazy fellow who spends all days watching series on their laptop, or hanging out (though most students do exactly that nowadays).
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Q6: What do you wish to do after your graduation?
A6: You can either say that you would like to get a job (one that relates to the study program), or pursue an academic career, trying do get a PhD, perhaps at the same school.
Another alternative is a freelancing career, or even starting your own business. One way or another, you should convince them that you have some plan for your future–even a very vague one is better than having no idea what to do with your life.
Q7: If you shall characterize a great student at this college, what would you say about them?
A7: You can start with saying that a great student should enjoy the subjects they study, devote their time and energy to their studies, and that they should also try their best to bring some value back to the community of students and teachers.
The key is to show the members of the admission committee that you do not think only about yourself, but have the well-being of other members of the community on your mind.
Q8: What subjects from our curriculum do you like the most?
A8. Just do not say that you have not checked the subjects yet–that would be a bad answer. You should rather mention one or two subjects, and tell them how they relate to your values, or to your hobbies and personal interests. Practical subjects or something special–something other schools do not offer, are your best choice.
You can elaborate on your answer, saying that you understand the importance of each subject from the curriculum, and look forward to everything that awaits you at the college.
* Which college is yours? Learn how to answer the questions particular for each interview:
- Medical school interview questions.
- Nursing school interview questions.
- Pharmacy school interview questions.
- Vet school interview questions.
Q9: What do you consider your biggest success so far?
A9: At this point you can speak about anything you achieved, either in personal or in professional life. The best successes, however, are those that relate to a well-being of a community, to some positive impact you had on people around you.
Of course you are young, and maybe you have not done anything of this kind before. Feel free to talk about your personal achievements then, such as graduating from high school, winning some competitions, overcoming a difficult period in your personal life, quitting smoking, etc.
Show them the lessons you learned in your successes (or failures), and how they helped you to mature and to get ready for your studies, and your professional career.
Q10: Do you have any idol?
A10: Not much to advise here. Just do not say a name of a criminal “hero”, or of a rock star. 🙂 Otherwise you should be fine!
Of course, if you apply for a place at a nursing school (for example), you can mention some famous nurse, such as Mother Teresa, or any other. And if you want to study management, you can name some business tycoons, basically successful people who did achieve greatness and never hesitated to help the others.
Conclusion and next steps
Personal interview is not something special anymore. It belongs to admission process on many colleges.
The members of the admission committee try to understand more about your personality, your motivation to study, the reasons why you chose their college, and also about the value you can bring to the community of students and teachers–if they decide to accept your application.
The people in the interviewing panel also try to assess your soft skills, trustworthiness, maturity. Basically they try to understand whether you are ready to study, and to successfully graduate a few years later. If you follow our advice and prepare for the questions accordingly, you should succeed. We wish you good luck!
May also help you succeed in your college interview:
- Does your academic record accurately reflect your capabilities? A tricky question you may face in every college interview. Check 7 sample answers to it.
- How to overcome interview nerves? Our simple guide will help you to calm down and deliver your best in your college interview.
- College interview tips – Basic advice for the college interviews. Your success does not depend only on your answers to their questions.