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Princeton alumni interview: what to expect?

Hey, everyone! I have a Princeton alumni interview coming up, and I'm kind of nervous. Could you guys please let me know some questions they might ask or any tips for the interview? Thanks!

7 months ago

Congratulations on getting to the interview stage for Princeton! It's completely normal to feel nervous, but remember that the purpose of the alumni interview is for you to share more about yourself, your passions, and your ambitions, not to trick you or make you feel uncomfortable. Also, keep in mind that the interview is not a significant factor in the admission decision, so just be yourself and try to enjoy the experience.

Here are some common questions that may be asked in a Princeton alumni interview:

1. Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

2. Why are you interested in Princeton? What unique aspects of Princeton attracted you?

3. What do you plan to study, and why?

4. Can you discuss some extracurricular activities you're involved in and what you've learned from them?

5. How do you envision contributing to the Princeton community?

6. Tell me about a time when you faced a challenge and how you overcame it.

7. What do you like to do in your free time or for fun?

8. Do you have any role models or mentors? If so, who are they and why?

9. What are your long-term career goals?

10. Do you have any questions for me about Princeton or my experience as a student/alumni?

As for tips on acing the interview, here are a few to consider:

1. Be punctual: Arrive a few minutes early, to be respectful of the interviewer's time, whether it's an in person or online interview.

2. Dress appropriately: Opt for a smart-casual attire that reflects your personality while being respectful of the interview's formality.

3. Be prepared: Research Princeton-specific programs, clubs, or initiatives that interest you and formulate thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer.

4. Practice active listening: Listen carefully to the interviewer's questions to ensure you're able to respond thoughtfully.

5. Use examples: When answering questions, provide concrete examples from your life experiences to concretely showcase your character and abilities.

6. Be genuine: It's important to be yourself during the interview and convey your honest thoughts and feelings.

7. Maintain eye contact: This demonstrates confidence and respect for your interviewer.

8. Display enthusiasm and positive energy: Show your passion for Princeton and your future ambitions as a whole.

9. Be humble and show gratitude: Thank your interviewer at the end of the conversation for their time and insights, and ideally send them an email as well later.

If you want to learn more about what to expect from someone who went through it themselves, you can read a first-hand testimony of a Princeton interview on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/princeton-interview-what-its-like. Our blog also contains guidance on some more common interview questions, and how to respond to them well: https://blog.collegevine.com/15-major-college-interview-questions-to-prepare-for.

Good luck, and just remember to relax and be yourself! The interview is an opportunity for genuine connection with a Princeton alum, who is there to learn about you and help you gain more insights about the school. Try to have fun!

7 months ago

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