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Can someone share their successful Stanford undergrad interview experience?

Hey folks! I just got scheduled for my Stanford undergraduate interview, and I'm both excited and a bit nervous. For those of you who have gone through a successful interview, can you share your experiences and any tips or advice? Thanks a lot!

7 months ago

Hi there! Congratulations on getting an interview scheduled! It's completely normal to be both excited and nervous. I can share some insights from successful interviews I've heard about and give you some tips to help you prepare.

First, remember that the interviewers are often alumni who want to get to know more about you as a person, so don't stress too much! They're not trying to grill or trick you. They'll typically ask you questions about your interests, experiences, and goals, so that they can learn more about your background and personality.

Here are some tips to help you prepare:

1. Know your application: Be prepared to discuss your extracurricular activities, any awards you’ve received, and your academic interests. Remember to highlight experiences that showcase your personality, passion, and dedication.

2. Research Stanford: Make sure you are knowledgeable about the specific aspects of Stanford that appeal to you, such as programs, research opportunities, or clubs you'd like to join. This will show the interviewer that you are genuinely interested in attending the university.

3. Practice common interview questions: Some common questions include, "Why Stanford?", "Tell me about a time you faced a challenge, and how you overcame it," or "What do you plan to contribute to the Stanford community?" Make a list of commonly asked questions and practice your responses.

4. Prepare thoughtful questions: Towards the end of the interview, you'll have the opportunity to ask your interviewer questions about their experiences at Stanford. Prepare some thoughtful questions in advance, as this will demonstrate your curiosity and interest in the university.

5. Be professional and polite: Dress neatly and maintain eye contact with your interviewer. Show them respect, listen actively, and thank them for their time at the end of the interview.

6. Be yourself: Authenticity is key. Be open and engaging when sharing your experiences, and don't be afraid to express excitement about your passions.

Remember that interviews are just one part of your overall application to Stanford. Stay confident, prepare in advance, and keep in mind that the interviewer genuinely wants to learn more about you. Good luck!

7 months ago

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