Admissions Interview Questions High School

What is your favorite subject? Why do you like it?

There is a near-100% chance you will get this question in your admissions interview. After all, this interview is about your desired high school experience! There’s no wrong answer; just be prepared to explain why a subject is your favorite. What do you find so interesting about it? What’s an assignment you especially enjoyed doing? Again, use specific examples as much as you can.

What are three things you’d like to improve upon?

Asking this question is useful for gauging a candidate’s level of self-awareness. While it’s never easy to admit shortcomings, students who can acknowledge their areas of opportunity are likely to dedicate energy to making necessary improvements.

What do you like to read? What is your favorite book?

This is a question people often overthink—from high school interviews all the way to job interviews! If you have a favorite book that you can speak passionately about, that’s great, but you don’t need to find a book that perfectly encapsulates everything about you. Talking about your favorite book that you read recently shows that you’re an engaged learner.

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Questions about your suitability for a school

To determine whether you’re a good fit, you may be asked why you’re interested in attending, how you can benefit from a school, and what you will bring to it.

  • Why are you interested in our school? Why do you want to enrol here?
  • Why should we select you?
  • How will you benefit from attending this school?
  • In what ways have your experiences prepared you to attend this school?
  • What gifts and talents can you bring to this school?
  • Tips: Give specific reasons for why you’re a good fit. For instance, “I’ve always been interested in social justice and am excited to take part in your community service program.” Don’t say you’re applying to a school “because your parents want you to.” And avoid ‘bootlicking’: “Ive heard your school is the best.”

    Many schools like to get a sense of some of your core beliefs and values. They’ll want to learn whether they square with their own.

  • What does it mean to be a good member of a community?
  • If your best friend asked you if they could copy your homework, what would you do?
  • What would you do if you did not make a team you really wanted to play for?
  • Tips: Give honest and reflective answers. Avoid non-starters such as “I don’t know.” On the other hand, you don’t want to oversimplify things, with short, curt answers, such as “that’s easy, I wouldn’t let him copy my homework.” Give details: explain why.

    Don’t be surprised if you’re asked if you have any questions about a school. This is a common way to gauge your level of interest. It can also reveal what interests you about the school.

  • Do you have any questions about our school?
  • Do you have any concerns about our school?
  • Tips: It’s normally a mistake to answer “no.” Be prepared with one or two questions. Ask something that shows you’re really interested in some feature of the school, such as academics, extracurriculars, or student life.

    Interview Example – For Hillsdale High School

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