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What are some common interview questions that private universities tend to ask their applicants when trying to decide for admission or scholarship purposes? What questions do you remember being asked? Or think they will ask?

Any tips and advice, for a student who is undergoing the interview process at a private university whether it be for admission purposes and/or scholarship purposes?

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John’s Answer

Shan colleges generally offer two types of interviews: evaluative and informative. An evaluative interview, like those required at many Ivy League and top-tier schools, factors into the admissions process. The interview will become part of your admission file. It won’t get you into the school or keep you out, but it is important — and you should prepare for it that way. An informative interview is just as it sounds: the process allows you and the school to learn more about each other. During an informative interview, you should learn as much as you share. Not everyone goes through the process of a college admission interview, but if you have the opportunity and time to schedule one, do it. An admission interview gives a school representative the chance to put a face to a name and application, thus making you stand out more against your faceless competition. Also remember: interviews can be a lot of fun! This is a great way to make your transcript, scores, and essay come to life. Show the interviewer what an incredible asset you’d be to any college that is lucky enough to have you.

WHY ARE YOU INTERESTED IN OUR UNIVERSITY? – While this question isn’t a surprise, you should expect to answer this question or a version of it in every interview you have, it is the most important question you will have to answer! You should discuss several school characteristics that are exciting to you — and the more unique they are to the college, the better. The best way to come up with these detailed facts is to research a college ahead of time. You want to prove to the interviewer that you’ve really taken the time to think about what this school offers that other colleges do not.

HOW DO YOU PLAN TO CONTRIBUTE TO OUR CAMPUS? – Like the previous question, this is a chance for you to show what you know about the school. In addition, it’s an opportunity for you to share what you are passionate about. Be honest and talk about the things you care about — not what you think the interviewer wants to hear. This question is less about your specific interests and more about seeing how you commit to something that makes you excited. If you are truly honest, your passion will come through in your answer.

WHY SHOULD WE ACCEPT YOU OVER ANOTHER STUDENT? – This question requires you to talk about the unique qualities that make you stand out from other applicants. You’ll want to emphasize your talents while still being humble. There won’t be just one quality that makes you different than other applicants — saying that you are more driven, ambitious, excited, or any other single adjective won’t make you stand out. Instead, talk about how a combination of your passions and talents come together to create a unique individual, and how that combination can fill one of the many roles that creates a dynamic student body.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS? – This question – or its cousin, “When did you fail at something?” — is one of the most common queries students will hear during their college admission interviews. More than ascertaining what you struggle with, this question is intended to elicit information about how you cope with challenges. The most important part of your answer will be how you frame your weakness/failure and what kind of narrative you tell. It’s essential that you talk about what you’ve learned from what you are struggling with and the steps you are taking to develop the skills you need to overcome this challenge.

DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME? – At the end of the interview, it’s likely that your interviewer will turn things around and ask you if you have any questions for them. Not only is this another chance to show that you care enough about this school to have researched it in advance, but it’s also a time when you can learn information about this college that you are still curious about.

Hope this was Helpful Shan

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Sam’s Answer

Hello! I recommend learning about the STAR technique. This will help you form a response to questions on the stop. Here is a summary: The STAR method is a technique of answering behavioral interview questions in a structured manner by describing a specific situation, task, action, and result of the situation you are discussing. The STAR method helps you explain in a simple yet powerful way how you handled specific work situations and challenges. Good luck!

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Sirlei’s Answer

My tip would be for you to clearly understand the job posting and prepare any questions regarding the job ahead of time. Speak about how your education and/or experiences clearly align to the job you're applying for.
I'd also recommend researching the company ahead of time and preparing any questions you may have about it.
Have copies of your resume handy, and be prepared to provide a copy to the interviewer(s).
Beyond that, be polite and respectful. I'd recommend staying away from making jokes.
Be genuine!

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Fernando’s Answer

The questions that are most commonly used, at least from what remember from personal experience, are: What are you looking to get out of your degree? What field are you looking to get into and why do you feel it's the best fit for you? What drives you to pursue your desired field of study and why do you think we are a good fit for you?

The interviewer is trying to get a feel for who you are and how committed you are in with regards to your choice of degree. My advice for the interviews is to go with a clear head and be natural. Treat the interview as if it were a conversation with someone you just met, don't be afraid to mingle a bit, and when it comes to answering the questions just be straight to the point, but remember to show that you're passionate about what you're setting out to study. Even if you fumble a bit of the words showing your commitment is important when it comes to convincing the interviewer that you're there to get things done, rather than flounder around.

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Edwin’s Answer

Hello Shan,

You should do research and know more about the company values. Some tips that helped us is to remember to take deep breaths before you start the interview, maintain eye contact, have a clean Zoom background, dress professionally, use anecdotes (stories to explain accomplishments, leadership, etc.), treat everyone with respect, and remember to send a thank-you note or email.

You should be professional and arrive on time.
You need to have conversion by doing research and being engaged with the hiring team.
You should bring a fresh and unique perspective!
For the dreaded strengths and weaknesses, you should turn the interview into a dialogue. Explain your tactics and approach the interview with confidence.
More importantly, you should approach the interview as if you are a colleague.

Remeber, you got this Shan!


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Simeon’s Answer

I remember colleges asking about my experiences and leadership positions. I find it's good to have five stories that have occurred within the past two years that I can try to redirect questions to.

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Ritu’s Answer

The first question that you would get on any interview is "Tell me about yourself?".
Please make a draft and put your best version of yourself in that. You need to practice and talk confidently on this.
This creates a positive impression and vibe for the rest of the interview.
Good Luck!