Most colleges do not offer interviews for their applicants. And where interviews are required, they play a very small part in the overall application. That said, they can be a chance to communicate yourself more fully than you may be able to in other parts of your application.
Some colleges offer—but do not require—on-campus interviews to visiting juniors and seniors; other colleges have local alumni to conduct interviews in Singapore; and a few have begin using Skype to conduct interviews of students living overseas. Interviews are best when they start to feel like natural conversations, which can be challenging over Skype. If you have a Skype interview coming up, make sure to practice first.
When you are getting ready for an interview, it helps to be prepared. Do your research on the college itself. Think about what questions you might be asked—and what answers you might give. You may be asked questions like:
- Why do you want to attend this college?
- What is your intended major, and why?
- What do you like to read, and why?
- How would your friends and family describe you?
- What's your favorite academic subject? What are your favorite classes?
- What are your favorite extracurricular activities?
- What do you do for fun?
- What are you most proud of?
And always go to an interview ready with some questions of your own.
We’re here to help! Our college counselors are available for practice interview sessions or to talk through possible interview topics with you.