College Interviews

If the fastest growing population in this country is Latino, that means we are the future of this country. And, we have proven we have talent. Now we need the tools to succeed.


College interviews

Many colleges offer the opportunity to interview with an admissions representative or alumnus as part of the college application process, either on campus or in your hometown. Some schools require interviews, other have it as an option, and some do not offer them.

Why ?

  • Campuses are learning communities, and schools want to not just put a face to a name, but also know your personality, confidence, communication skills, etc.
  • It can provide another layer to your application, which they evaluate holistically
  • Great way for you to show genuine interest in the school

interview process

  • Not all schools have a required admissions interview.
  • If required, you MUST interview
  • If not required but offered, we highly recommend you request one (research the school!)
  • Usually conducted by alumni, current students, or admissions staff
  • Can occur at the university, but most occur in the applicant’s hometown

interview tips

  • Be prepared to talk about your interests (practice with family and friends)
  • Dress professionally, or according to the dress code communicated by your interviewer
  • Present yourself in a confident manner
  • Provide thoughtful and appropriate responses
  • Make it a conversation, not a Q&A
  • Ask relevant follow-up questions (specific to school). Can you easily google the answer to this question?
  • Similar to your Personal Statement, it is important that you know what you want to share
    • What are you trying to convey about yourself in the interview?
    • Is there anything you have not shared that could impact the way they see you as a complete applicant, or an explanation for something that may stand out in your file?

common college interview questions

  • Tell me about yourself, and what you like to do in your free time or for fun?
  • Why do you want to attend this university?
  • What are some of your strengths and weaknesses? (could be in terms or academics, or in general)
  • What activities do you find the most rewarding?
  • What do you enjoy doing when you’re not in class?
  • What are three interesting things about you that I wouldn’t know from your application?
  • What’s an example of an obstacle, a failure, or a mistake that you learned from?
  • What is your favorite book?
  • What is your favorite subject in school? Why?

Want to Practice with Latinx Opportunities?

Latinx Opportunities is happy to help students prep for college interviews, as well as resume reviews for FREE. We will use a rubric and offer feedback. Latinx Opportunities offers morning and evening appointments.

Please note: You must have a google account to book an appointment. Should you need to create a free account, you may do so here.