The Most Important Question of The College Interview
The most important question of a college interview is not “Why do you want to attend our school?” or “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Sure – these inquiries give the school a chance to get to know you better, the ability to delve more into why you feel that you’d be a good fit – but there is one important question that is best when it comes to allowing the candidate to demonstrate interest:
“Do you have any questions?”
My advice? The answer “No” in any form will not cut it.
A student must show that they are engaged, intelligent, and interested! Take this question as an opportunity to show off just how badly you’d like to attend their school! This is your chance to gather us much information as you can, and the interviewer will most certainly take note in your engagement.
Do your research, learn as much as you can about the school and ask questions regarding things that you really want to know more about. Be genuine, be an active listener, and be eager to learn.
…the school, in turn, will learn plenty about you in that moment alone.
To get you thinking about some college interview questions that YOU can ask, here are ten thoughtful questions that all candidates should know the answers to (and yes, if you don’t, NOW is the time to ask!):
- When will students need to decide on a major?
- What is the percentage of students that graduate in 4 years?
- What clubs, groups, or activities are available?
- Do professors and TAs offer office hours or extra help sessions?
- Is guidance available in order to help with getting an internship?
- Is there a Career Center and, if so, what services do they offer students?
- Are there any academic support services or groups on campus?
- Is there a study abroad program available?
- What is an average class size?
- What are the social events like on campus?
Questions like these are an added element to showcasing who you are! You can make an impression on the admissions team in ways that the application or the essay cannot capture.