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What to expect from a Princeton University interview?

Hey everyone, I recently got an email inviting me to a Princeton University alumni interview, and I'm super excited but also a bit nervous. What kind of questions should I expect during the interview? Any tips on how to prepare and make a good impression?

6 months ago

Congratulations on securing a Princeton University alumni interview! It's normal to feel excited and nervous. The good news is that the interview will most likely be a casual, conversational experience between you and the alum. Here are some common questions and tips to prepare for your interview:

Questions to expect:

1. Tell me about yourself. (Be prepared to give a brief, engaging overview of your background, interests, and hobbies.)

2. Why do you want to attend Princeton University? (Research specific programs, clubs, or characteristics of Princeton that resonate with your interests and goals.)

3. What are your academic interests? (Discuss both your major and minor, and be ready to explain your choices.)

4. What are your extracurricular involvements or passions? (Highlight your commitment, achievements, and any leadership roles.)

5. What are your future plans or career goals? (Talk about your ambitions, with a focus on how Princeton can help you achieve them.)

6. Describe a challenge you've faced and how you overcame it. (Bring up a personal or academic challenge and demonstrate resilience and problem-solving skills.)

7. What are some of your favorite books, movies, or TV shows? (Share your interests and any meaningful thoughts about them.)

8. You might also be asked some open-ended questions, allowing you to share anything else relevant to your application.

Tips for preparation:

1. Review your application materials. This will help refresh your memory and give you talking points for the interview.

2. Conduct mock interviews with friends or family to practice articulating your answers.

3. Research Princeton University's specific programs, clubs, and values that align with your interests and goals.

4. Prepare some thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer about their experience at Princeton or any aspects of the university you're curious about.

5. Dress neatly and professionally (but not overly formal) to make a good impression.

6. During the interview, maintain eye contact and be aware of your body language to project confidence and sincerity.

7. Be punctual, polite, and express gratitude for the opportunity to speak with the alum.

Remember, Princeton alumni interviews are an opportunity to get to know you better, so just be yourself and share your authentic experiences and aspirations. Good luck!

6 months ago

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