Questions You'll Likely Be Asked During Your Alumni Interview
Many colleges encourage or require alumni interviews. During the interview, you need to be able to answer the questions you’re asked in ways that reflect well on your application. You might not be able to predict what your interviewer will ask, but here are a few possibilities.
What's a challenge you’ve overcome, and how did you do it?
This is a common question in alumni interviews. Colleges and universities want to know how you react to and solve problems. They also want to know that you are able to reflect on your experiences and discuss what you learned. In an alumni interview, it's important to briefly describe a personal challenge — or a problem in your school/community — and talk about how you overcame or solved it. Use specific examples and highlight your involvement in the issue.
What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
Colleges want to know that you have at least some idea of what you'd like to do with your life, and it’s a popular question for alumni interviews. Even if you haven't decided on a major, you can outline objectives in a few fields you're interested in, as well as personal goals. Talk about what you want to accomplish in college, even if it’s leading a club, playing a sport or trying a new activity. Stay general, but be positive and enthusiastic in your answer.
What's one thing you would change about your high school and why?
The example you provide doesn't have to be lofty — it has to be thoughtful. This question is asking about your priorities, and colleges want to know that you're actively thinking about how to improve situations. Consider describing an idea you have for how to make a process better or how to better student experiences. Whatever you do, don't complain. Spend less time outlining problems and more time discussing solutions.
Why is this college the one for you? What will you contribute as a student?
Alumni want to feel that their alma mater is your first choice. You should convince them of this, even if it isn't. Talk specifically about your favorite aspects of the college and describe the specific ways you want to contribute. It's important to convey that you're excited about all of the opportunities their school has to offer, so don't hold back.