You’ve booked your appointment to visit a boarding school and interview, and are starting to prepare for your admission interview. You’re probably wondering what the admission officer might ask you, and we’ve come up with 10 questions commonly asked during boarding school interviews:
- Why do you want to attend boarding school?
This is one of the more obvious boarding school interview questions, and likely one you’ll encounter. Be ready to give your interviewer two or three reasons why you want to attend boarding school. For example, you’re interested in the amazing arts program or looking for a more challenging athletic schedule.
- Why do you want to attend Cheshire Academy?
We used Cheshire Academy in this example, but insert the name of whatever school you’re interviewing with here (though you should want to go to school here). This is a popular question, and you want to share a few things you like about the school and why you can see yourself spending the next four years of your life a this particular boarding school.
- What’s your favorite subject? Least favorite?
Technically, you’re getting two questions in one here. Since you’re applying to boarding school, it’s important to think about academics. Think about the subject you enjoy most, which may not be the one that you get the best grades in, and that’s OK. Your interviewer wants to know what you like. Be honest about which subjects are hard, easy, interesting, and really not your cup of tea. We all have preferences. If the school has a signature program you know about, this may be an opportune time to mention that you’re interested in it.
- What’s your greatest strength as a student? What do you need to improve?
Here’s another opportunity to show your academic prowess during your admissions interview, and admit where you need help. From study skills and time management to grammar and spelling, we all have areas where we excel and areas that need attention. Be honest, because admission officers truly want to help you to decide if the school will be a great fit for your needs and wants.
- What sports do you play?
If you’re a competitive athlete, this may be the question you’re waiting for the most. It’s a chance to showcase your skills and your goals to pursue athletics at the college level. Get as specific as you want, and give your interviewer a heads up before you come to campus; you might even be able to meet with the coach as well as some potential future teammates.
Conversely, if you’re not an athlete, you might be dreading this question. But, have no fear, boarding schools that require sports participation know that not everyone wants to be a professional athlete. There are less competitive teams that focus on skills, learning the game, and coordination. Think about what sports you would be interested in learning, and ask about options outside of competitive sports, as many schools offer drama or dance as alternatives.
- What types of art interest you?
Art at boarding schools includes everything from drawing, painting, and ceramics to digital media & photography, dance, drama, and music. Talk about what you’ve done, regardless of what skill level you have, and what you want to try. If you’re an artist looking to study beyond high school, consider bringing work samples and be ready to talk about your strengths and areas you want to improve. This isn’t a test to see if you know obscure artists (though feel free to share if you do); it’s a question to find out what interests you. Don’t forget, most boarding schools require art classes, so you’ll have to delve into your creative side at some point.
- What do you like to do for fun?
You may consider sports or arts your hobby, but go a little deeper. When you’re with your friends or family, what do you like to do? Are you an avid traveler, extreme sports athlete, movie buff, trivia champion, or book-worm? Do you jump at the chance to visit amusement parks or do you live for Netflix nights on the couch with your sibling? Perhaps you’re a whiz in the kitchen or maybe you have a green thumb and grow the best plants in town. Whatever it is, share it. This is a great way to showcase your unique and often times hidden talents.
- Tell me about your friends. How would they describe you?
This was one of my favorites to ask students when I was an admission officer. It gives your interviewer such a great view into you as an individual, and how you view yourself within your friend group. Be ready for a potential follow-up question, too: How do you feel about moving away from your friends and making new ones?
- What do you want to be when you grow up?
If you’ve known that you want to be a teacher, vet, or astronaut since you were 5-years old, let us know. And, if you have no idea what you want to be when you grow up, that’s ok, too. Some of us take years to figure it out, and boarding school is a great environment to explore new things and see what might interest you.
- What questions do you have for me?
Yep, your interviewer will likely see what questions you have. Be ready with at least a few. Have no idea what to ask? No worries, we have some ideas for you. Click here to read about 7 questions to ask during an admission interview.
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