Possible interview questions
An interview is not just for the school to find out about you. It is the time for you to ask about the school. Go to your interview with a few questions to ask. Pick questions that you care about. Review the school’s website or viewbook before visiting. In general educate yourself. Good luck, have fun, and, most importantly, be yourself.
Does the school have classes you are interested in?
What does a typical day look like for a ninth grader?
How much homework will you have?
Is there a dress code?
Do they have Saturday classes?
What are the requirements for graduation?
Do students get involved with community service?
What clubs do they offer? What art, music and sports are offered? Are there extra costs?
Are there scholarships? How do you get one?
How large or small are the classes?
Ask about particular classes you are interested in. Are there leadership opportunities?
Can you go off campus during the day?
What type of orientation happens in the fall?
How many new ninth graders will there be? Where are they from?
Do students have advisors? How often do you meet with them?
What time does the day begin? What time does it end?
What type of courses will keep my interest as the years progress?
Are athletics after school required? If so, how often?
What type of interscholastic competition do you offer?
How diverse is the school?
These questions are to get you thinking about what an interviewer may ask you. Try not to answer questions with a “yes” or “no” or “I don’t know.” You do not need prepared answers because then you will not be yourself. But, think about these questions, elaborate on your answers allowing admission interviewers to really learn about you! Remember to have eye contact with your interviewer and relax.
What are you looking for in a school?
Tell me three things you would bring to this school?
What academic classes are your favorite and why?
If you could meet one person from history, who would that be and why?
Do you hold a leadership position at your school? Do you want to in the future?
Are you involved with sports? Which teams? What position?
Do you like music or art? What type of music do you like? Do you sing in a chorus? Do you play an instrument? Are you involved with acting? Do you want to continue with these interests?
Do you keep an art journal or writing journal that you add to at your leisure?
Are you involved with a community service project? What did you learn from this project? What was most significant about this project or projects?
Do you read outside of school? If so, what types of books do you like? Why?
If not, what books that you have read in school do you like? And why?
Do you like to go to the movies? What types of films are of interest to you?
What do you like to do with your friends outside of school?
What did you do this past summer? Go to camp? Work? Go on a neat vacation?
What does your typical day look like? How much time do you spend doing your homework? How organized are you and what types of methods do you use to keep yourself organized?
When you are faced with a problem, how do go about solving it?
Do you spend a lot of time on the computer? Doing what?
What activities do you like to do with your family?
Do you work on the weekends either at home or for someone? What have you learned from this experience?
What are things that you like about Gordon that you hope to find at your next school?
Tell me one thing about Gordon School that you will never forget.
Why do you want to come to this school?
What most interests you about this school?
What do you see yourself involved in, if you were to come here?
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Possible interview questions