Okay, students, have you ever been asked a question—by a teacher, parent, or friend—and you gave an answer that seemed good at the time only to think of something better later on? Yeah, that happens to the best of us!
Now picture this: It’s time for your private school interview. You’re a little nervous, but that’s normal because this is your big chance to make a great impression. Maybe you’re having an in-person interview, sitting face-to-face, or perhaps it’s remote via Zoom or Skype. Either way, when that first question comes, you smile, a feel-good wave of confidence washing over you because you know exactly what you want to say.
Doesn’t that sound better than kicking yourself afterward for thinking of the answer you wish you gave? You bet your asparagus it does!
Here’s the thing: Interviewing is a skill just like belting out a perfect tune on an instrument or hitting the game-winning jump shot. Getting good takes practice and repetition, gradually building comfort and confidence.
You can practice with the private school interview questions listed below. These are actual questions that get asked, and we want to thank the following admission folks for contributing to this list. Check their schools out, you may find that one of them is the best private school for you.
Ahem, parents, this part’s for you. We don’t want to ruffle any feathers, but please respect the boundaries between helping your child practice and coaching them on what to say. Admission officers want to get to know your child, and they can tell the difference between an authentic answer and one they were guided to say. You can help by encouraging your child to open up and talk about their personal interests and goals.
As you practice answering these questions with a parent, friend, or relative, think about what they mean to you and how you can convey your unique self through detailed answers. Also work on smiling, enunciating and talking at an appropriate volume, and making eye contact. And don’t be afraid to ask questions about the school in return. In fact, we recommend it! The goal is to have an enjoyable conversation.
Let’s get on to the questions, shall we?
Icebreaker questions about the weather or the latest pop-culture phenomenon are sure to quickly take a personal nature. These questions will help you get used to talking about yourself.
Questions that we all can relate to are ideal for school interviews, and these days, there’s nothing more topical than the pandemic. You very well may get a question similar to the following.
You’re applying to a school, so it’s a safe bet that you’ll get asked about your current educational experiences.
In the getting-to-know-you process, admission officers want to envision how you’d fit into their school’s community. Questions like these help paint the picture.
The questions you receive will likely be different but similar to many of these. By practicing, you’ll discover how to best tell your unique story so there will be no regrets afterward. Go ace those interviews — you’ve got this!
Now that you’re an interview rock star, let’s review how to write an awesome private school admission essay.