Interview Practice Questions

  • What is your favorite novel? Non-fiction book? Poem?
  • Who is your favorite composer/piece of music?
  • Who is your favorite artist/work of art?
  • What is your favorite film/documentary?
  • What leader (male and female, living and dead) do you admire most?
  • Who do you think was/is a hero (male and female, living and dead)?
  • If you could travel backward/forward in time, where would you go and why?
  • What adjectives would friends/professors use to describe you?  Which ones would you use?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • Why do you want to study in the UK rather than the US?
  • What excites you about your subject?
  • If you had 15 minutes to spend with the President of the US to discuss an issue important to you, what would you say?
  • Many scholarships are named after a prominent person.  Be familiar with that person’s contributions to society or to the field. What role did he play? Why is the scholarship named after him?
  • Imagine for a moment that the career path you’ve chosen is, for whatever reason, no longer available to you.  What now?
  • Your application says you wrote a paper about xxxx.  Tell us about that.
  • Who are your intellectual heroes?
  • Many interviews end with a question like, “Is there anything else you’d like to say?” It’s good to have something to say. If you’ve thought ahead about the main points you want to convey, now is a good time to fill in anything that hasn’t been covered.