Preparing for the Boarding School Interview

Because boarding schools typically provide a higher level of education, the entrance requirements for these opportunities are extremely competitive. And because the application doesn’t really give a whole lot of insight into the student’s demeanor, personality, etc. most boarding schools require an interview prior to acceptance. The whole interview concept causes many applicants anxiety because it is likely to be their first time interviewing giving their age. We provide some frequently asked questions you might experience during the interview process to help better prepare you.

1. What aspects of school are important to you? This question help the interviewer understand what your motivations and expectation are. This will help them decide if you are a good fit for their school. Boarding schools are looking out for your future, so they know the importance of making sure the student and the school are a good fit.

2. What activities do you enjoy and what is your level of skill with those? Boarding schools want to facilitate growth and help students nurture their talents. This question enables them to get a better understanding of your strengths so that they can place you in a program that challenges you.

3. What are some issues you have with your current school? This not only gives the interviewer an idea of why you are choosing to leave your current school, but it also provides them with vital information that they could implement to make their school better. Remember to not be too negative as it reflects poorly on your attitude.

4. Tell us your goals for the next few years? Helping students achieve their goals is an important priority of most boarding schools, so understanding what your specific goals are will help them help you attain those goals.

5. What class or subject do you enjoy the most? The least? This question is strictly asked to get a better reading on you as an individual. Boarding schools have a variety of students from various backgrounds, and they like to get to know each one of their students on a personal level so they can make their learning experience as best as possible.

6. Describe your perfect teacher? Boarding schools are dedicated to improving their service to their students so your feedback is extremely helpful. This not only gives them some ideas of how to train their teachers, but it also gives them an idea of what kind of learning environment you may be more responsive to.

7. Do you like to read? If so, what kinds of books? This is another “getting to know you” question and will let the interviewer see more about your personality. This way, they can get as much information about you so that they can really see if you would be a good fit for their school.

8. Were/are you in any leadership roles? This shows how proactive you were in your last school and gives the interviewer an idea of how active you will be in leadership roles. It’s important to mention any and all activities that you have participated in so you can show the interviewer that you are passionate about participating.

9. Do you find that you are more of an introvert or and extrovert? There is no right or wrong answer to this question, it simply gives the interviewer a more in-depth look into your personality so they can recommend certain activities, events, leadership roles based on what they believe will work best for you if you choose to attend their school.

  • Reading this, and from what I know about boarding schools, it doesn’t look like this interview is likely to “make or break” your acceptance.  Like said, it’s so they get a better feel for you as an individual, what they can’t get on the application.  That’s not to say you shouldn’t be prepared for it though.  And it depends on the age – an older high school age or college prep boarding school will weigh an interview heavier than, say, a middle school aged school.

  • Yourface

    Thanks!

  • Lollipop

    Nice 🙂 thanks for helping!!! 😀

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