CommonLounge Archive

College Interview Tips

July 05, 2017

If the college you’re applying to offers interviews, I would highly recommend signing up for a slot. This is an opportunity not just to touch upon anything you feel like wasn’t well represented in your application, but also to see if you’d be a good fit for the college by asking the interviewer specific questions about the university.


  • Make sure you’ve researched the various programs, clubs, and other activities you’d be interested in at the specific university. You should come across as someone who is really interested and a good fit for the university’s values - it shouldn’t appear like this college is just 1 of 20 for you.
  • If you’ve worked on a project, feel free to just bring it with you. Even if you don’t get around to showing it, it’s worth bringing.
  • Most, if not all, of the interviewers will be alumni, so it’s a good opportunity to get more insight into how the university is structured, including it’s culture and values.
  • Practice beforehand with common questions but don’t just recite a memorized answer - it comes off as very ingenuine. Treat this more as a conversation, rather than an exam with a correct answer. Here are some of the various types of questions you might get asked.

Your interest in the college

  • What do you think you can bring to our campus? This could be anything from a new club or initiative or a unique facet of your personality.
  • What excites you most about our college?
  • Is there anything I can tell you about our college?

You as a person

  • Tell me more about yourself.
  • What do you want to major in?
  • Tell me about a hardship you faced and how you overcame it.
  • What are your goals for the future? In 10 years, 25 years?
  • Who do you look up to the most?
  • What is your favorite book? Favorite song/band?

Miscellaneous — these are designed to test your creativity

  • If you could be anyone in history, who would you be?
  • How do you feel about the current political climate?
  • If you had unlimited money, what would you do? Don’t give cliched answers here.

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